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5 signs you need a dehumidifier

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High humidity can damage your home. Outdoor humidity levels tend to jump during hot summer months. If you don’t take steps to control the humidity indoors, you may have to deal with poor air quality and costly repairs. Here are five signs it’s time for a whole-home dehumidifier.

1. Condensation on windows and doors

Your home’s windows tell you a lot about your indoor humidity levels. If you notice condensation on the inside of your windows, it’s time to consider installing a dehumidifier.

2. Bubbling paint and stains

High humidity levels can lead to bubbling paint and peeling wallpaper. Also, look for water stains on your walls and ceilings that can’t be explained by a leaking roof or pipes. Controlling indoor humidity levels help you avoid a costly paint job.

3. Mould on walls and ceilings

If you notice mould growing on walls and ceilings, it’s time to address your home’s humidity levels. Mould and mildew can lead to poor air quality in your home and can be particularly harmful to those with allergies and asthma.

4. Musty odours

Musty odours emanating from clothes drawers, kitchen cabinets and closets mean there’s probably mildew growing inside. It can ruin your clothing and lead to poor air quality. Control mildew growth and the odours it causes by scaling down the humidity levels in your home.

5. Creaky doors, cabinets and floors

Changes in humidity levels make the wood in your home expand and contract. Dry wood shouldn’t creak. If your doors, floors, staircases and kitchen cabinets make noise, it could be due to the wood in your home expanding because of high humidity.

What’s a whole-home dehumidifier?

A whole-home dehumidifier connects to your home’s ductwork and removes humidity from the air travelling through your HVAC system. Most models can remove up to 36 litres of water from the air daily and treat homes as large as 350 square metres.

Besides addressing all these effects of excess humidity, a whole-home dehumidifier can lighten the burden on your air conditioning unit and help reduce your energy costs. Dryer air feels cooler, and if your humidity levels are down, you won’t need to set your thermostat so low to feel comfortable.

Dehumidifiers in Kitchener

At Aire One Heating & Cooling, we carry a wide range of air quality products for your home. We are a trusted installer for dehumidifiers, humidifiers and heat recovery ventilator systems in southern Ontario, in addition to providing furnace installation, maintenance and repair. We serve homes and businesses in Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge. Contact us today to get a quote and book your installation.

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