Visible mould, trapped air, condensation on windows, and clothes that do not dry. These are sure signs that your home needs a dehumidifier.
1. Moist air in your basement
As a wise man once said, ”Always follow your nose”. Your sense of smell can tell a lot about your indoor climate in terms of humidity level.
– Many of us may associate our basements with a certain damp, cold, and trapped odour. That smell can be a sign of elevated levels of humidity, says Ørjan Myran, at Wood’s – one of the leading specialists in dehumidification. The ant explains that if you were to put a dehumidifier in the basement, you would notice drastic changes in the air and the smell after just a few months.
– The noticeable “basement smell” would disappear. Instead, the air would feel denser and less raw, says Myran.
2. Dew on your windows
– Moisture always accumulates on the coldest surfaces of a room in the form of dew or even water pearls. You may be used to a little dew on your windows, but modern two / triple glazed windows should not normally collect moisture. If they do, your indoor climate is probably too humid, says Myran.
3. Black spots
This is especially true if you are also starting to notice black spots. It is probably mould and is a sure sign that something is wrong. You may see mould along with your windows, but you should also make sure to check your bedroom.
– If your bed is placed directly against an outdoor wall, you can give mould an ideal environment that is both moist and warm, says Myran.
Mould can be harmful to both your home and your health. You should then purchase a dehumidifier to improve your indoor climate and get rid of mould.
4. Modern water habits in older homes
If your home was built more than 50 years ago, it was built with different water use in mind. In the past, people showered less often than today. Daily showers were unusual, and clothes were hung up to dry outside. Now we shower much more often and many of us dry our laundry on a stand indoors. Habits like this put a huge strain on older ventilation systems that frankly have never been designed with such a degree of humidity in mind. If this sounds familiar, you should get a dehumidifier to improve your indoor climate. As a further advantage, you will notice that the clothes on the drying rack dry much faster. Both, the environment and your garments will benefit from using a drying rack and a dehumidifier than a regular dryer.