7 Signs That Indicate You Need A Dehumidifier

Solenco Reporter
 May 29, 2017
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On any given day, you breathe in a variety of particles, from dust and mould spores to the toxic chemicals used to clean your home. Some of these particles will multiply when given the right environment, which is usually warm, moist air. Using a dehumidifier in your home will quickly suck the moisture out of the air, decreasing the ability for these particles to proliferate.

So how do you know if your air is too humid? Look for these seven tell-tale signs…

1. Mould Spots

One of the easiest things to spot is a mould stain. Look at the ceiling in your bathroom as well as the area around your toilet or surrounding the shower. Do you see little dark spots? If you do, you have a mould problem.

2. Condensation

Do the windows of your home have beads of water on them? You may have also noticed vapour or a fog on the glass. This can happen when a room has too much moisture, as a result of cooking or tumble drying wet laundry. It could also be due to construction materials that are not sealed properly.

3. Water Run-Off

Some homes have consistent issues with ground water making its way inside. You may have noticed the lower levels of your home has water level marks or collects water every time it rains. If this occurs, getting a dehumidifier is an absolute must. It can remove the extra moisture from the air each time it happens. Additionally, you should try to investigate and resolve the root of the problem, which may be damaged concrete or that the home was built on a low plain.

4. Musty Odours

A musty smell nearly always means that mildew and mould is present. These substances thrive on moisture, which starts to collect in areas like basements and garages when windows are not sealed correctly or there is seepage from ground water.

5. Water Damage And Stains

Water stains are another sign that there is excess moisture in a home. You should always investigate a water stain to make sure there is not a leaking pipe behind it.

A professional can help you pinpoint the cause of the damage, as well as guide you on the best course of fixing it. But if you’re already noticing the damage, then the water is already there. A dehumidifier is a great first step to stop more damage from being done.

6. Rotting Wood

Wood that retains moisture for too long will start to rot, as well as start to attract unwanted pests like termites.

If you notice wood is starting to rot in or around your home, it may be a sign that there is an excessive amount of moisture in the area. Be sure to run your dehumidifier to help remove the excess moisture from the air, as well as replace any affected wood as soon as possible.

Additionally, if not corrected in a timely manner, excess moisture can diminish the structural integrity of your home. It can harm not only wood, but also dry wall, window sealant, hardwood floors and even your foundation.

7. Allergies

Lastly, if you have significant trouble with your allergies, it may be due to your indoor air quality. Excess moisture in the air can cause airborne allergens such as dust mites and mould spores to grow and spread. Sometimes allergy sufferers are even more susceptible to indoor allergens than outdoor, making it even more important to make sure you’re breathing clean air.

Try running a dehumidifier to remove allergens from the air you are breathing to see if it helps. Maintaining a healthy humidity level in your home can also help prevent chapped lips and many serious respiratory issues.

If you notice any of these signs in your home, you will want to invest in a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier can not only help in restoration, but it can help in maintaining clean air so that any issues with mould can be prevented.

For flats up to 3 bedroom homes in warmer climates, we recommend the following dehumidifiers:
Meaco 12L-AH Dehumidifier
Meaco 12L Low Energy Dehumidifier with air purification mode

For flats up to 5 bedroom homes in warmer climates, we recommend:
Meaco 20L Low Energy Dehumidifier with air purification mode

For flats up to 5 bedroom homes in colder climates, we recommend:
Meaco DD8L Junior Dehumidifier
Meaco DD8L Standard Dehumidifier
Meaco DD8L Zambezi Dehumidifier


For enclosed spaces of up to 1m3 (such as cupboards, safes, wardrobes, tool boxes):

Solenco Rechargeable Mini Dehumidifier

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