Too much of a good thing can be bad, especially when it comes to your home’s humidity level. What starts as a damp feeling can soon become really uncomfortable—and hard on your home and your health. Not sure if your indoor air is too humid? The experts at Sabre Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning share these common signs that it may be time for a dehumidifier:
- Moldy spots—steamy bathrooms, busy kitchens, and basements are prime locations for mold. It appears as clusters of small black, gray, brown, or green “fuzz.” Even a small mold patch is a problem, as it can spread rapidly. Even worse, some molds contain mycotoxins that can cause respiratory issues, inflammation, and more.
- Musty smells—that distinctively pungent odor is a sure sign you have high humidity and mildew in your home. Opening windows, running fans, or using charcoal to absorb moisture can help, but the best way to eliminate this problem is to invest in a quality dehumidifier.
- Condensation—noticing vapor, fog, or water beads on your windows? This condensation means too much humidity. Don’t ignore this air quality problem—a little water is all it takes to break down plaster in walls and warp the wood in window frames.
- Lower level leaks—if you have cracks in your foundation that allow water to seep into your basement when it rains, that moisture eventually evaporates and makes its way into the air throughout your home. Repair faults and divert drainage to prevent structural damage, then use a dehumidifier to help dry the air.
- Water stains and rotting wood—any signs of water damage are also signs that you could use a dehumidifier. But first, consult one of our plumbing experts to resolve the issue. Mustiness and mold, along with damage to wood and walls, diminish your home’s value. That’s why spending a little on a dehumidification system can save you a lot in the long run.
- Allergies—mold or bacteria in a home with high humidity can trigger excessive coughing or sneezing. Airborne allergens like dust mites and pollen also thrive in damp environments. Get a dehumidifier to relieve allergy and asthma symptoms.
Drier Air Is Easier Than You Think
The pros at Sabre can help you breathe easier with a whole-home dehumidifier that works with your HVAC system to improve indoor air quality. From installation to maintenance of these units—as well as ventilators and air purifiers—trust our team to protect your comfort, your home, and your health. As a Bryant® Factory Authorized Dealer, we’re also available to help Greater Twin Cities residents with complete heating, cooling, and plumbing services—just call us for all your home comfort needs!