Signs You Need to Dehumidify Your Home

Posted on April 25th, 2016 by Devine Bros


Humidity is no stranger to residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut, but when does it become too much? Keep an eye out for these signs that may indicate the humidity level in your home is too high:

  • Mold spots and odors: The moisture that’s present in humid air can invite mold to grow in your home. Look for mold spots in your ceilings, and keep your nose peeled for any mildewy smells.

  • Window condensation: When warm, humid air comes in contact with a colder surface (such as your window), condensation is formed. If you constantly have water beads on your windows, this is a sure sign that your home is too humid.

  • Warping wood: Moisture from the air can have a detrimental effect on your wood floors, furniture, and framing. Too much moisture can cause this wood to expand, warp, crack, and rot.

  • Uncomfortable conditions: Sometimes, you don’t need a “sign” to know when it’s humid. If the humidity is making it impossible to be comfortable, that’s the only indication you need.

So, what should you do?

If these signs are apparent in your home, it’s time to dehumidify. Generally speaking, there are two ways to do this:

  • Portable dehumidifiers: you can buy these small dehumidifiers at your local pharmacy, usually for under $50. They are good at controlling humidity in your home’s problem areas, but are only effective for small spaces.

  • Whole-home dehumidifiers: these are installed as part of your home’s HVAC system. As their name indicates, they can control humidity levels throughout your entire house. They are more expensive than portable dehumidifiers, but offer a more complete solution for your humidity problems.

If you live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, trust the heating and cooling experts at Devine Bros. to keep you comfortable all year long. Now is the perfect time of the year to upgrade to a central air system which doubles as a whole-home dehumidifier. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, give us a call today at (203) 866-4421.

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