You might not think too much about the levels of humidity that occur within your home beyond nudging the thermostat down a few more notches if it becomes bothersome during the summer. While humidity does have its place — it can help soothe the drying effects of weather on your skin as well as your furniture, for example — too much humidity can make it easy for mold and mildew to gain a foothold. The following three signs can clue you into the fact that your home can benefit from a dehumidifier.
1. Condensation on Windows and Doors
While occasional occurrences of condensation are to be expected — for instance, during periods of high humidity weather or extended rainfall — if you have a persistent problem with condensation building up on your windows and doors, you likely have excessive humidity levels inside your home. This wetness can eventually begin to rot the wooden components of your windows. You also might notice the growth of mold within the tracks of your doors and windows in the form of dark or black matter.
2. Mold Spots on the Ceiling
Often found in those rooms that are exposed to excessive humidity on a regular basis, such as the bathrooms, mold spots on the ceilings can be the result of a ventilation system that is inefficient. While many bathrooms come equipped with ventilation fans that are designed to combat this issue, if your home is older or the bathrooms are still experiencing the growth of mold spots on the ceiling in spite of being vented, you will need to take steps to ensure that the humidity levels are reduced. A dehumidifier that is used exclusively for that bathroom could be an effective solution.
3. Musty Odor
While you might associate musty odors with a basement or crawl space, having a recurrence of this issue can signal a larger problem. An occasional bout of mustiness is likely nothing to be concerned about, but a long term issue with it could cause the seepage of moisture into the living areas of your home as well. Since a musty smell is always caused by mold, you need to have the issue examined to discover its cause. Regardless of the long term solution, a dehumidifier helps stop the growth of mold during the interim.
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