Homeowner Insights: How a Dehumidifier Saved Me From Thousands of Dollars of Repair Costs

by Ben SanfordJune 27, 2018

Excess Moisture in the Home is Dangerous and Damaging

If the air quality in your home is thick and stuffy and your skin always feels clammy, then these are sure signs that your home has a humidity problem. While this might not seem like a serious concern, the truth is that excess moisture in the home can produce a wide range of problems, including mold growth and potential structural issues.

Additional warning signs include condensation build-up on your windows, musty odors, and moisture stains on the ceiling or walls that aren’t caused by water leaks. Here’s what to do about excess moisture in the home:

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Moisture Can Result in Expensive Home Repairs

Having humid air in the home is known for causing breathing and health problems for those afflicted with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues. But, it can also cause problems within the home itself, that if left unremedied, can take a big chunk out of your bank account. For instance, excess moisture can cause:

  • The HVAC system to overwork and thereby malfunction earlier than it normally would
  • Expensive mold remediation services
  • Drywall replacement throughout the home
  • Carpet and flooring replacement
  • Weakening of the home’s structure
  • Insect infestations

Any one of these problems could cost you thousands of dollars to repair. Meanwhile, for a fraction of that price, a dehumidifier can prevent each of them from occurring in the first place.

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How a Dehumidifier Works

A dehumidifier works in similar fashion to how an air conditioner works because the way it removes moisture from the air involves many of the same components. The moist air is sucked into the dehumidifier by a fan where it passes over a cold surface, which is cooled by the refrigerant. When the air is cooled, the moisture it was carrying gets condensed and deposited into a holding container. The air is then heated back up to room temperature and passed back into the room, where it is substantially drier.

Over time, the holding container will fill up with water. When this occurs, the dehumidifier will automatically shut off and the container will need to be removed and emptied before it can operate again.

What Size Dehumidifier Do You Need?

Dehumidifiers come in a range of sizes, so finding the right one for your home depends on how and where you intend to use it. Most dehumidifiers are rated in pints because that is how much water the containers hold. Here is a breakdown of the sizes and their appropriate applications:

  • 25-40 Pints: Best used for small or lightly damp rooms, such as a laundry room or bathroom.
  • 40-59 Pints: Best used for mid-sized rooms, such as the bedrooms or rooms with high humidity.
  • 60+ Pints: Dehumidifiers of this size are ideal for large rooms and open living spaces. They are also recommended for use in garages, crawl spaces, and basements. If the space has a floor drain, the container can be connected to it via a drainage hose and this will eliminate the need to constantly drain the container manually.

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Industry Regulatory Compliance

Many homes being built today feature moisture-controlling technology like special home wrappings and substrate moisture-barriers, but these innovations weren’t available when the country’s older homes were built. Therefore, a dehumidifier is a necessity for those who own older homes.

A dehumidifier is quiet, effective, and it can help you save thousands on unexpected home repairs. You’ll also breathe easier because your dehumidifier will improve the air quality in your home.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.