As a homeowner in the Pennsylvania area, you may be experiencing some of the downsides of the humid continental climate throughout the year, like allergies, mold, and unwanted odors. In order to make your home a more comfortable environment for you and your family, a whole-house dehumidifier may be exactly what you’re missing.
There are a couple of options when it comes to reducing the humidity of your home. You can purchase a mobile unit for a single room or a whole-house unit that would need to be professionally installed.
Not only will a dehumidifier make your home a more comfortable place to live, but it has many health benefits as well.
1. Relieve Allergy Symptoms
Allergies can be a major cause of discomfort and agitation for people throughout the seasons. Something you may not have thought about before to help ease the symptoms of allergies is a dehumidifier.
Unfortunately, allergies thrive in environments that stay damp or humid for long periods of time. A dehumidifier will reduce the water molecules that are in the air causing allergens to stick around. It can work in conjunction with your air conditioning unit and help improve the air quality in your home.
If you live in a high humidity area and struggle to find relief from your allergies, a dehumidifier could be a simple, effective solution.
2. Reduce the Effects of Asthma
Moisture in the air contributes to mold which is a major contributing factor to childhood asthma.
A dehumidifier can help reduce irritation in your respiratory tract and system which can cause difficulty breathing and increase the symptoms of asthma.
Although there are many other factors that contribute to asthma, keeping a house free of allergens, dust mites, mold, and mildew will help you and your family breathe better.
3. Prevent Mold and Mildew
According to the Center for Disease Control mold and mildew exposure can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, red or itchy eyes and/or skin.
Mold can be found inside and outside the home. It can encroach in your home through windows, doors, vents, and air conditioning units. Drier air will help to reduce the growth of mold. If you start to notice water stains on the walls or ceilings, you may already have mold in your home.
Moisture can also begin to affect your clothes, furniture, paper products, wood, cardboard, and electronics.
Mold in the home may not only be a major risk factor for the structure of the house, but also for your health.
4. Keeps Food Fresher for Longer
Do you notice your bread molding quickly? It may be due in part to the humidity in your home.
Having healthy, fresh food is extremely important for your health. Excessive water or moisture levels affects the keeping quality of your food.
Without controlling your climate, your food may begin to mold or become soggy because of the microorganisms or a chemical reaction (oxidation) that occurs in your food.
Moisture precipitation on food can provide an environment for bacteria and molds to grow and multiply. This can be a health issue, as well as cause you to spend more money on food than necessary.
Moisture control through a dehumidifier can help alleviate this issue.
5. Reduce Humidity Fatigue
Feeling sluggish over the summer even though you have air conditioning?
Humidity is actually known to make you feel fatigued, dehydrated, and can even cause heat exhaustion.
A dehumidifier may greatly benefit your home especially if you live in a humid environment and don’t have air conditioning.
Humidity makes it harder for your body to cool off and can result in excessive sweating which leads to dehydration, fatigue, muscle cramps, and even heatstroke.
A dehumidifier may reduce these effects especially if you don’t have air conditioning. Your new dehumidifier will also work directly with your air conditioning unit to create a more comfortable living environment.
If you’re tired of dealing with the Pennsylvania humidity, a dehumidifier is a simple addition to your home that will improve your health and safety.
If you’re looking for a dehumidifier for your entire house (not just separate rooms), contact your local HVAC company in Central Pennsylvania, WM Buffington! With years of experience spanning back to 1952, we’ll install the proper dehumidifier for your home’s needs and your comfort.
We look forward to hearing from you!