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Dehumidifier Basics

A dehumidifier is a device that lowers the humidity in a space. Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. The scientific processes by which a dehumidifier achieves this are detailed and largely unimportant to what it can do for your living space. What is important is the applications of a dehumidifiers and why they can be important for your home or apartment.

There are two major reasons to have and use a dehumidifier: comfort, and mold and mildew


Very humid homes can be really uncomfortable. Humid areas prevent the air from absorbing sweat, leaving inhabitants moist and unhappy. Humid homes frequently have rather pungent odors, which aren't helped by the sweat in the air. Precipitation of body moisture caused by high degrees of humidity can disrupt sleep patterns as well.

Aside from the discomfort created by the perspiration, high levels of humidity can adversely affect a living space. For example, clothes in these dwellings have trouble drying effectively. Humidity can make cold pipes drip condensation throughout a space, causing damage to floors, ceilings and walls. Many types of pests; like cockroaches, moths, and dust mites; are attracted to high humidity areas in living spaces.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew are dangerous. High levels of humidity can cause mold and mildew to grow inside your home or apartment. These fungi can cause health problems and diminish the value of a property by collecting in various areas. The health problems created by mold and mildew in particular are an issue.

Many respiratory issues like asthma, allergic reactions and lung infections and illnesses are connected to exposure to airborne fungi like the molds and mildews found as a result of excessive humidity.

By taking much of the humidity out of the air that causes many of these issues, dehumidifiers help to avoid discomfort, mold and mildew, and property damage. Dehumidifiers are useful for addressing all of the above and are also useful for when air with too much moisture is an issue for temporary health reasons.

As always, do your own research when considering buying and using a dehumidifier to keep the moisture levels down in your living space. Good luck and stay dry!

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