High levels of humidity can cause, worsen, or intensify a myriad of health challenges. Additionally, it can attract unwanted pests. A good dehumidifier can eradicate these pests and potential health risks by reducing humidity levels, allowing you to reap many benefits.
The source of a significant portion of the air we take in on the first floor of our home is the crawl space. Open crawl vents are a source of never-ending moisture. This moisture is released into the crawl space, which will impact the quality of air in the home and consequently affect your health. High humidity homes cause respiratory issues, allergy symptoms, and eye and skin irritation.
A crawlspace dehumidifier decreases high humidity by taking the moisture from the air, cooling, and then condensing it. The residual water is stored to be emptied or drained. This will subsequently improve the air quality within the home and reduce these health risks by making the air cleaner and reducing allergens. This will help your respiratory system greatly.
High humidity homes are the breeding ground for dust mites, mold, rodents, and various insects such as termites. Termites are the culprits responsible for billions of dollars in property damage. An increased insect infestation could be an indication of high humidity. Combating this with a crawlspace dehumidifier will make it a natural deterrent for these pests, creating a safer, healthier home.
High humidity makes you more susceptible to mold, mildew, and other bacteria, putting you at risk for structural damage. Termites aren’t the only literal homewreckers to be wary of. Mold, mildew, and fungus can decay and rot the home’s support beams and cause the floors to sag. Furniture, clothing, and other household items are also at risk.
Moisture-induced wood rot can also occur when water touches wood, making it unable to support the weight of the house. A dehumidifier can protect you from all these risks and potential costs these damages would incur. Humid air can also come from groundwater and flooding. Therefore, it is important to waterproof your basement, which can be done by encapsulating your crawl space as well as having crawl space vapor barriers.
Rooms with high humidity are uncomfortable. It is harder to make a humid room feel cool as opposed to a dry one. They tend to feel a lot warmer than they are and can create a musty or cramped, clammy feeling. As already mentioned, humid rooms can cause various types of irritations, allergies, and respiratory issues that would contribute to increased discomfort. A crawlspace dehumidifier allows you to control the humidity levels and provide maximum comfort.
Energy and Cost-Efficient
In more humid homes, it might seem like a good idea to utilize your air conditioner to help to eradicate the excess moisture or warm, musty feeling. However, you are staining your air conditioning system because it will use more energy to combat humidity levels, contributing to higher energy costs. Conversely, a dehumidifier within the crawl space of your home will help maintain low levels of humidity, saving you energy and money.
A crawlspace dehumidifier is the best solution to decrease humidity and provide breathable air, comfortable, safe living, and save you money. Don’t wait until it’s too late; your home and family will thank you for it.