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Beyond The Basement: What Health Benefits Come From A Dehumidifier?

A dehumidifier is an essential small appliance for any home that has high humidity levels, whether it be within the entire home or, more commonly, on a particular floor like in the basement, or in a particular room like the laundry room, bathroom, or kitchen.

What does a dehumidifier do? It cleans the air of dampness that makes it easy for things like mold and mildew to grow in your home.

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Particularly ideal for those who suffer from allergies or asthma, have pets, smoke in the home, or have homes that seem particularly prone to dust and moisture, really anyone can benefit from using a dehumidifier.

What are some of the health benefits you get with such a device?

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10 Helps With Allergies

Most of the things that can commonly trigger allergies, like dust mites, mold, and mildew, thrive in humid environments. Dehumidifiers remove humidity from the air, thus making it more difficult for these things to present themselves. And this, in turn, can help reduce your allergy symptoms.

This includes symptoms like a stuffy nose, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing and difficulty breathing, or even skin rashes and other irritation. Even those who don’t suffer from allergies, per se, might still be plagued with the occasional sniffles and sneezing from dust and can benefit health-wise from a dehumidifier.

9 Removes Allergens

Alongside helping to reduce those pesky symptoms of allergies, dehumidifiers also eliminate or reduce the allergens in your home that can cause those symptoms in the first place. That includes dust mites, mold, and mildew.

Without so much humidity in the air, these types of allergens cannot grow, as your home becomes less hospitable to them. Mold, mildew, and dust mites can’t survive in dry environments. And we can all benefit from a lack of mold or mildew in the home.

8 Removes Odours

Your home, or rooms of your home, can be full of musty odors that are caused by mold, moisture, cooking with pungent spices, smoking, or other things. A dehumidifier can help remove these musty smells so you’re breathing fresher, cleaner, and nicer smelling air.

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Especially for those who smoke inside the house, who cook with ingredients that can leave a lot of smells lingering, or who have unfinished basements packed with lots of boxes and other items that can cause odors and dust, a dehumidifier can be a lifesaver.

7 Eliminate Mold on Linens, Furniture

Having a dehumidifier can ensure that your furniture and linens like curtains and bedsheets don’t get mold from the high humidity. They can even ensure that mold doesn’t grow on your clothing.

Mold doesn’t just grow on ceilings, walls, and floor tiles. It can grow anywhere. So having a dehumidifier in a room that tends to be damp can help ensure that they don’t find their way to the winter jackets you’re storing in the closet in the basement or the bathroom shower curtain.

6 Reduces Skin Irritation

One of the common effects of allergies is skin rashes and irritation. Having a dehumidifier in the home can help prevent such skin irritation, allowing you to live more comfortably and avoid having to use expensive creams to relieve the pain or prevent you from scratching, which can cause damage to your skin.

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This aids in your skin health overall, keeping your skin soft and supple, without risk of irritation caused by the dampness or excess moisture in your home.

5 You Can Breathe Better

With less humidity in the air and the musty smell gone, you can breathe much easier, and take in fresher and cleaner air. This will make you feel more comfortable in your home.

This is especially beneficial for those with respiratory issues or things like asthma who have trouble breathing when there’s too much dust. It’s also great for those who have pets and thus lots of pet dander circling in the air that can also cause allergies, sneezing, itchy eyes, and more.

4 Home Health

Alongside your personal health, a dehumidifier can help improve the “health” of other things in your home. Without as much humidity, your clothing will dry faster, for example. Foods like bread won’t get stale as quickly, thus saving you time and money, and ensuring that you are eating foods at their freshest.

Additionally, electronics, computer equipment, and tools won’t be as prone to things like rust and corrosion so they will last longer and work better. A dehumidifier can help not only your personal health, but the health of your belongings, too!

3 Less Dust

With a dehumidifier in the home, you will have less dust, which will in turn improve your health, especially for those who tend to sneeze and cough when too much dust is around.

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A by-product of this is that you can also clean less often since there won’t be as much dust circulating in the air and ready to plop down on various surfaces and items in the home. Spending less time cleaning means you can focus on other things, like going to the gym or getting much-needed rest.

2 Prevents Asthma Attacks

If you, or someone in your home, suffers from asthma or another breathing problem, having a dehumidifier can help immensely. Asthma attacks can be triggered by things like dust mites, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), mold, and other things that dehumidifiers can prevent from attacking your home.

By eliminating the triggers to begin with, those suffering from asthma will be less likely to have attacks in the home, especially when you combine one with another small appliance like an air purifier that further cleans the air from bacteria and toxins.

1 They Can Keep You Warm

It sounds strange, but if you feel cold easily and can’t figure out why your home or a particular room is so cool even when the windows are closed and the air conditioning is off, it could be because of the humidity and dampness in the air that is cooling down the room.

Having a dehumidifier to remove the dampness will in turn have you feeling warm and toasty once again, eliminating those uncomfortable chills that can impact your health.

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