Crawlspaces are mold magnets. A little bit of moisture can be all it takes for mold spores to gain entry into your home’s structure and into your own body. For the sake of your health and for your home’s value, investing in a dehumidifier is a smart choice. Here are three other reasons why investing in a dehumidifier will improve your home’s value and your family’s health.
You Use the AC Frequently
Your living area and your crawl space are likely separated by a variety of barriers: walls, moisture barriers, insulation and supports. While the inside of your home is heated or cooled to suit your comfort, crawlspaces exist in their own temperature conditions. The result is that a well-ventilated and consistently heated home does not make for a well-ventilated or consistently heated crawlspace. In the absence of ventilation and temperature controls, your crawlspace can produce mold. If you use your air conditioning unit with a great deal of frequency, the moisture it emits will escape through your living area’s ventilation system but will remain trapped within a crawl space. Small dehumidifiers can be installed in crawlspaces. These quiet appliances will reduce mold growth and other moisture problems without interfering with your comfort level.
Your Vents Recirculate Air
Many homes are fitted with ventilation systems in high-moisture areas of the home, like laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. However, investigate your vents. Some vents, like certain kitchen hoods, do not release exhaust to the outdoors. Instead, the vent recirculates air throughout the house. If you own your home, then you can invest in retro-fitting your vents to blow exhaust outside. If you are a renter, then purchasing a dehumidifier and installing it in crawlspaces can decrease moisture levels and add to your comfort.
You Have an Older Home
Many older homes are built on foundations that lie directly on the earth’s surface. In other words, your home is built on dirt. Contractors and restoration experts are aware of these problems. For decades, these professionals installed moisture barriers, cleared areas of debris and sealed spaces to prevent moisture intrusion. Still, musty odors persisted. Currently, professionals are rethinking those efforts. Instead of treating crawlspaces as separate areas of the home, contractors are incorporating heating and cooling elements into crawlspaces so that they have the same environmental controls as living spaces. As a result, mold growth is inhibited when dehumidifiers are placed in crawlspaces to facilitate higher quality air exchange.
Investing in a dehumidifier helps your home retain its value, while also improving your living conditions. By eliminating uncomfortable odors, ensuring higher quality air and promoting healthy moisture conditions, dehumidifiers are a sound investment. While you may only use them when pumping the AC or boiling vats of pasta, dehumidifiers are a preventative measure against serious problems.