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The Importance of a Dehumidifier for Your Home This Spring

A portable dehumidifier that collects water from the air in this Belleville, IL, home during the springtime.

The season of moisture is spring. There is a lot of wetness associated with this time of year, between the melting of winter snow and the arrival of spring rains. Some of that moisture will inevitably find its way into your home. Although this is a possibility in the form of a flooded basement, it is an extreme scenario. More than likely, the air in certain areas of your home will feel cool and clammy. If left unattended, this can lead to more serious issues, not the least of which is the growth of mold, mildew, or fungus. That’s where a dehumidifier comes in. Homeowners need a dehumidifier more than they think, and they often do not realize how much until they turn one on and experience the notable difference. Let Morrison Plumbing step in to advise you on all the benefits of this investment.

Creates a More Pleasant Living Space

A humid environment can become extremely uncomfortable to live in. When a dehumidifier reduces the extra humidity, it can make the air in your home cooler and more comfortable! With all the benefits a dehumidifier can provide to make a healthier home, it can be considered a necessity for you to keep the indoor air balanced and safe!

  • Removes musty odors
  • Controls growth of mildew and mold
  • Reduces condensation
  • Protects furniture and home electronics from moisture
  • Protects clothing, curtains, and bedsheets from mold
  • Reduces dust and restricts growth of dust mites

They are Versatile and Provide Benefits to Every Room

Dehumidifiers are incredibly versatile and will provide you with numerous benefits in any room. It’s up to you to decide where you need it most or if you want to enjoy the improved air quality throughout your whole house. Consult with our experts at Morrison Plumbing and we’ll provide expert advice and dehumidifier services to enhance the comfort of your home.

  • Finished Basement — A popular hangout is the basement rec room or game room. However, it is also the room most likely to have a musty odor and a clammy feel in the air, which can lead to mold and mildew growth behind baseboards and walls. It’s unpleasant to sit on damp furniture. Removing the humid air from the room will allow you to relax more comfortably.
  • Kitchen — Humidity is generated in the kitchen by filling the sink with hot water to do the dishes, or running the dishwasher, the refrigerator, and the stove. When visitors come over, the kitchen is a popular gathering place. A dehumidifier will remove all of the moisture from the air, keeping it comfortable and dry.
  • Bathroom — Exhaust fans do an excellent job of preventing condensation buildup in a bathroom, especially when taking a hot shower. But what if you don’t have a fan in your bathroom? A dehumidifier performs the same function, preventing mirror fogging and mildew growth from condensation on the walls and ceiling.
  • Living Room — If you have good windows, your living room is probably not a source of humidity. Older windows, on the other hand, will allow humidity into your home. To keep the room comfortable, keep a dehumidifier near the window.
  • Garage — Whether you use your garage to park your car, as a catch-all for yard equipment, or simply as a general storage space, you should protect what is stored there. A garage, unlike the rest of your house, is not typically insulated from the elements, making it a prime candidate for thick, wet air.

A dehumidifier helping remove moisture from the air and aiding in the cleanup process after this home in Belleville, IL, experienced water damage.

Helps with Water Leakage and Flood Cleanup

Flooding and water leakage are common household problems. Using a dehumidifier to help with cleanup can cut down on the time, hassle, and stress associated with dealing with excess water. A major advantage of a dehumidifier is that it can function similarly to a vacuum cleaner by absorbing excess water and moisture to speed up the drying process! A dehumidifier not only helps with the immediate effects of flooding, but it can also help with the long-term aftereffects by preventing mold and mildew from forming. If you live in an area with a lot of rainfall and/or natural disasters involving water, a dehumidifier will definitely come in handy!

Alleviates Allergy Symptoms

Dust mites, pollen, animal or pet dander, mold, and mildew are common seasonal spring allergy triggers. Mold and mildew thrive in humid environments and can cause sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, congestion, watery eyes, dryness, and itchiness in your eyes, nose, or throat. Using a dehumidifier to reduce humidity in the air can help reduce dust and other allergy triggers in the air. This produces clean indoor air in your home. So, no more sneezing and sniffling due to spring allergies! When you’re ready to start breathing better, contact our team at Morrison Plumbing today.

 

A young female homeowner using a tissue to blow her nose because she has spring allergies and the poor air quality in her Belleville, IL, home is exacerbating her symptoms.

Reduces Pests and Infestations

Pests may be drawn to your home for a variety of reasons. Excess humidity or moisture, according to Pest Control Services Inc., is one of the most common causes of pest infestations. This is due to the fact that pests and termites draw water from their surroundings in order to survive. You may have noticed that more insects are found in wet areas or damp environments. By chewing through damp wood, insects, termites, and other pests can easily enter your home. Even small amounts of water from the air can assist these pests in surviving for extended periods of time. A dehumidifier can help control pests by removing excess moisture from the air and creating a more balanced environment. Remove pesky pests from your home and send them packing!

Can Lower Energy Costs

Running a dehumidifier in your home can also help you save money on energy! You don’t need to run your air conditioner as frequently because dehumidifiers work to reduce humidity in the air. Furthermore, your cooling equipment does not require more energy to maintain the desired temperature level in your home. Morrison Plumbing’s dehumidifiers are energy efficient, so they use less energy while operating, saving you even more money! A dehumidifier from Morrison Plumbing is an excellent way to save money over time!

 

When you’re ready to make your home healthier and more comfortable for your family, call Morrison Plumbing at (618) 408-1597 to schedule a consultation and we’ll get the process started for improving the air quality of your home in Belleville, IL. Call today!

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