Should you be using a dehumidifier?

As the house Blaine and I will be moving into shortly continues to progress, it is safe to say that I’ve been making some lists pertaining to what items we still need for our future home. Thankfully, we got most of the essentials via gifts for my bridal shower back in the fall, so we’re quite prepared already. However, there are always things forgotten when making a move, so I’ve been trying my best to stay on the ball and be mindful of anything we are lacking that we will require once we’re in.

I wouldn’t exactly say a dehumidifier is an essential item for every home, but it should be for any home that has damp areas, for example, basements or garages. Because I have Lyme disease, and Lyme bacteria and mould have a fucking party when they’re united, a dehumidifier is a must for me anywhere I reside. But, I thought I would write a post about the benefits of dehumidifiers for anyone sitting on the fence debating whether or not they should get one.

“A dehumidifier is an electrical device that reduces and maintains humidity levels in the air. People purchase these appliances to eliminate musty odors and to prevent the growth of mildew. The appliance works by extracting water from the air. If a person have allergies or lives in a humid climate, a good dehumidifier can help,” says a web page from

The benefits of having a dehumidifier in a home or office space are many. Here are several reasons to consider:

  1. A dehumidifier helps reduce musty odors that can accompany mold and mildew.
  2. Reducing the potential development of mold on furniture, curtains, bed sheets and clothing.
  3. Running a dehumidifier reduces dust. Dust can trigger allergies; and this device will help to reduce allergens such as dust mites, mold and mildew. Plus, cleaning time is reduced.
  4. A dehumidifier can also lower energy costs because it helps the HVAC units run more efficiently. If a home is located in a humid climate, an air conditioner must work harder to not only cool the air, but also remove moisture. Plus, if the air conditioner works harder, it could wear out sooner and may need to be replaced. As we all know, HVAC systems can be quite expensive,” the web page explains.

I hope this helps.

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