For health and comfort reasons, it’s important to maintain a proper humidity level in your home. While too little humidity can cause discomfort issues, too much moisture can lead to health problems, discomfort issues, and property damage. Dehumidifiers can help remedy these excess moisture problems. Let’s take a look at some signs that indicate that you may need a dehumidifier.
First, let’s talk about a few signs that you can’t see but can likely feel. These often contribute to health problems and discomfort issues. Reducing humidity to control these issues will help create a Comfortable Space.
- High Humidity
- Poor Air Quality
- Sticky Feeling
- Bacteria Growth
Next, is what you can see. These are common visual indicators that you have a humidity problem which is slowing damaging and destroying your Home and Property.
- Mold/ Mildew Growth
- Pest infestations
- Cupping of Wood Floors
- Stains on Walls and Ceilings
- Wood Rot
- Blistering Pain
Some common tell tale signs that you have a moisture problem.
If you’re not doing so already, take a few moments to look around your home for signs of high humidity. You may be surprised at what your house is trying to tell you.
Next week, in our fifth and final post in this series, we will be discussing how a dehumidifier works to control moisture. We’ll see you then.
This series will cover a variety of topics that have to do with the importance of understanding and controlling humidity and moisture in your home. We will discuss the difference between relative humidity and dew point, and why these are important concepts to understand. We will then dive into how moisture enters and is created within your home. Next we will talk about the top 10 signs of high moisture, and finally we will discuss how a dehumidifier can help control humidity and reduce the risk of health problems, comfort issues and property damage.
Check out the first part of our series next week, when we discuss the difference between relative humidity and dew point!
Early Spring is always a good time to check and prepare your Santa Fe dehumidifier before the humidity season:
- Be sure to change out the filter every 3-6 months. A clean filter with help the dehumidifier perform efficiently and effectively and ensure that the inside of the dehumidifier stays clean; this will extend the life of your dehumidifier.
- If your Santa Fe dehumidifier has a pre-filter, vacuum it off every 3-6 months and replace every couple of years (when it starts to breakdown).
- Check the drain line to ensure there is nothing blocking the condensate from the dehumidifier. If you have a condensate pump, be sure to test the pump by filling it with water to confirm the float switch is working. It’s always a good idea to empty your condensate pump at the end of every humidity season before winter. This will prevent any potential issues in the spring.
- Be sure to reposition the dehumidistat / control to 50% relative humidity if it was turned off or setback before winter.
- Be sure the intake and supply of the dehumidifier are not blocked.
Follow these simple steps every Spring to help extend the life of your Santa Fe dehumidifier and ensure effective dehumidification.