The Benefits of a Dehumidifier in winter
With colder months approaching most of us will be switching the central heating on and turning the
thermostat up. This makes our homes cosy but it doesn’t necessarily change the moisture content
of the air within our home which in some cases may not be ideal. The ideal relative humidity of a
home is around 50-55%. If you dry wet clothes on clothes horses or radiators, or your bathroom or
kitchen has no ventilation or you have a leak in the roof or chimney breast, the humidity of the air
will increase. You’ll be able to see that you have a problem with humidity if you see water
condensation on the inside of your windows or you begin to see mould growing on damp walls.
Basements are particularly prone to dampness.
Benefits of dehumidifiers
If you have a problem with dampness it can also manifest itself in health problems as
dampness can exacerbate asthma and breathing problems due to the spores in the mould.
All in all, excessive moisture in your home or place of work is not ideal for you or the
property. One of the ways to extract moisture and bring humidity to a safe level is to use a
dehumidifier. You can not only buy one but hiring a dehumidifier can make economic sense.
They are efficient to run. They cost about 10-12 pence per hour for 1 KW of electricity so an
estimate of the cost of running one per hour continuously is about 3-4 pence an hour. This is
not a lot of money to improve your health and stop asthma attacks which can be very nasty.
Clothes can be dried using a dehumidifier thereby removing the need for a tumble drier.
Hanging clothes in a room with a dehumidifier running with the door shut can dry clothes
quickly. This means that your home doesn’t look like a washroom with clothes hanging on
Dehumidifiers increase the temperature of a room by as much as 5-10 degrees so in winter
this is appealing. Perhaps not as appealing in summer.
They are portable and can be moved to different rooms depending on r