What’s the deal with dehumidifiers?

There has been a lot of talk around the office lately about the importance of dehumidifiers… but  what are they and what do they do?  Are they worth the money?  The answer is a big YES. They are worth every penny for both your comfort, health and sanity.

Dehumidifiers are extremely useful devices, especially here in the Midwest where the humidity can get up to ridiculous levels during the warmer months.  Not only do they make it less humid indoors so you sweat less, but they really do help you breathe easier.  Sufferers of allergies and asthma often feel relief because that moisture in their home is being reduced, therefor slowing down mold and mildew growth.  Mold and mildew can cause simple allergic reactions like sneezing, but left untreated can also cause headaches, flu-like symptoms and even respiratory problems.  Dehumidifiers reduce the amount of humidity in the air in your home which also reduce the chance of pests.  Excessive humidity creates a playground for pests like moths, dust mites and cockroaches.  If it were me, that would be reason enough to invest in a dehumidifier.

Now, there are several different types of dehumidifiers to choose from in various price ranges and power levels.  Would you be better off with a whole house model or one that is concentrated on a certain location in your home?  Well, that depends on a few factors.  Whole house models will be more expensive up front but they last longer.  They are harder to install and difficult to take out if you want to take them with you when you move.  But, they work throughout the entire house and not just one room.  They universally keep the humidity down and are considered more efficient than the portable equivalent.  On the other hand, portable models are, well, portable so you can move them anywhere.  Their price is lower, so that’s always a plus, too.  They are also easier to install and get running but are kind of an eye sore because they’re out in plain sight.  You also have to regularly maintain them (emptying out the water reservoir, cleaning, etc.) and they have a shorter lifespan.  There are pros and cons for both types, so it all comes down to what your needs are.

I hope this article cleared up the mystery that are dehumidifiers and will help in your decision to invest in one.  Find your local number here to get a quote by us on a new dehumidifier and we can help make the decision that’s right for you. Don’t forget to also check us out on Twitter and Facebook, too!

Stay cool out there!