Several factors, including air temperature and humidity, determine the comfort of a home. If the air in a room is too humid, it can create an uncomfortable atmosphere and make breathing difficult. A dehumidifier reduces moisture levels significantly in the air, helping to create environment that is potentially more comfortable for living and working. But how do you know it’s time to get one? Below are some signs.
1. Condensation on Windows and Mirrors
If you observe wetness inside windows and mirrors, it’s a sign that the humidity is too high in your home. As a result, the moisture in your home condenses when it comes into contact with the cold glass. That is a good indicator that you need a dehumidifier.
2. Unpleasant Smells
If you notice odd smells coming from closets and carpets, this may be an indicators of too much humidity in your home, especially if there are no other easily identifiable causes for these smells. If the unpleasant scent is still present after you’ve thoroughly cleaned your home, it may be worthwhile to consider getting a dehumidifier.
3. Water Damage
High humidity can potentially cause damage to your walls, furniture, floors, and ceiling. You may be experiencing this if you notice things like peeling paint or peeling wallpaper. This can be especially relevant if you live in an area with high humidity and you frequently leave doors and/or windows in your house open. A dehumidifier is a great way to reduce humidity and avoid unnecessary water damage.
4. Mold Growth
Mold and mildew need moisture to thrive, so if you find patches of mold or fungi popping up on your walls, ceilings, or corners, it’s likely because the humidity is too high. The presence of molds and mildew often contributes to a musty smell that can cause breathing difficulties.
Investing in a dehumidifier is something to consider if you notice these signs to make your home more comfortable and safe. You can contact us atUltimate Homes & Cooling to install dehumidifiers or repairs to boost indoor air comfort.
5. Creaky Doors, Windows, Cabinets, and Floors
High humidity levels can cause wood to swell, resulting in creaking noises when you open or close doors and walk across hardwood floors. If you notice creaking noises like this happening in your home when they previously were not present, it could indicate too much moisture in the air. Contact a professional who can identify the source of the humidity and determine what kind of dehumidifier is best for you.
6. Persistent Sneezing and Coughing
Dust mites and allergens thrive in high humidity, which may trigger sneezing, coughing, and even asthmatic symptoms. If you start noticing these symptoms more often after spending time indoors, it’s likely due to high humidity levels. A dehumidifier will reduce allergens and create a safe living environment.
Pests are a nuisance and a health hazard. Unfortunately, they flourish in humid environments and can cause great damage to your home. If you start seeing more pests such as roaches, silverfish, earwigs, and/or spiders in your space, it could indicate high humidity levels in the air. Investing in a dehumidifier is recommended to help keep your home pest-free.
8. Are You Feeling Cold?
During winter, a damp room can leave you feeling colder than normal, even with the heating turned up. That’s because high humidity levels make it more difficult for heat to circulate in a room. Investing in a dehumidifier will help regulate the air’s moisture level and can allow your home’s heating system to work efficiently, which could potentially save you money on your energy bill and makes the room more comfortable.
9. Nothing Seems to Dry
High humidity means that clothes, linens, and towels can take longer to dry. If you find that your towels are staying damp long after hanging it up to dry, the air in your home could be overly humid. Investing in a dehumidifier can help improve drying times and reduce energy costs.
Dehumidifiers are available in various types and sizes, so selecting one suitable for your home is important. If you have noticed any of the above signs, contact our experts at Ultimate Homes & Cooling today to discuss the best solution.
Our company has over two decades of serving homeowners in Cape Coral, FL, and surrounding areas. We offer installation and repair services for not only dehumidifiers but also heating and cooling appliances, indoor air quality, pumps, and pool heaters.
Contact us whenever you want to request services or learn more about our team. We are here to make your life more comfortable.