When you mix heat, darkness and dampness, the result is mold growth. These fungi can wind their way behind walls, in furnace ducts and in basements.
They pose both a health threat and an environmental threat. Dehumidifiers eliminate the dampness and thus the mold.
Microscopic bugs called dust mites thrive in areas of high humidity. These insects can crawl in the crevices of fabrics and furniture and cause a variety of health problems.
A dehumidifier will lower the household humidity and eliminate the dust mites.
A humid environment is the ideal place for many types of insects to thrive. Cockroaches, water bugs and termites prefer warm, humid climates.
They can pass on disease and are an aesthetic nuisance as well. Dehumidifiers can reduce the humidity of their environment, making it not such a nice place to live.
Asthma and Allergies
Asthma and allergies are common maladies. Many of their symptoms can be triggered by humidity.
Household and industrial humidifers can reduce the humidity to low levels, easing or eliminating allergy and asthma symptoms.
Busting a Traveling Pest
A humidifer in the basement can keep mold and mildew from traveling throughout a house via furnace ducts. Basements are notorious for fungal growth and a dehumidifier can keep it from infecting an entire household.