When you have a crawl space, especially in an older home, it can be hard to keep humidity under control. In this endeavor, having a high-quality dehumidifier in your home can make all the difference. In fact, when it comes to keeping your home in Chattanooga, TN, dry, healthy, and safe, bringing your dehumidifier up to date is essential.
The Benefits of Having a Dehumidifier
Having a dehumidifier of any kind has many benefits for a homeowner. They are generally just one part of an overall waterproofing system that can include products like vapor barriers and vent covers. The most obvious benefits of having a dehumidifier are:
Lowering relative humidity in your crawl space has many benefits, both for that space as well as for your property as a whole. Lower humidity makes your HVAC system more effective, makes it easier to keep your home’s temperature consistent, and prevents issues like wood rot in your crawl space supports.
Dampness and humidity are almost guaranteed to lead to mold and mildew formation. While these issues may not be overly severe, they can also cause health issues like skin irritation, rashes, and respiratory troubles. Bad odors, of course, are also common in properties with mold problems.
Improved Air Condition
A general improvement in air quality is a common benefit when you have a dehumidifier. As well as being generally more comfortable in your environment, you may find you breathe easier, especially if you have pre-existing respiratory issues.
Why You Should Upgrade Your Dehumidifier
When you already have a working dehumidifier in your crawl space, it can seem superfluous to upgrade to a newer model. You can, of course, wait until your current dehumidifier breaks down or surpasses its effective lifespan, but you may want to take advantage of these benefits as soon as possible:
Energy-efficient dehumidifiers are designed to give you the best results while using as little energy as possible. As a result, you can expect the same performance (or better) from an energy-efficient model while seeing your electricity usage drop.
Lowered Energy Bills
Lowered energy usage, of course, will lead to lower energy bills in your home, but an efficient dehumidifier will also help you to save energy when running your HVAC system. This is because dry air is easier to heat and cool, so your system won’t have to work as hard.
Stable Humidity Levels
An old, inefficient dehumidifier or a dehumidifier that has passed its usable lifespan is more likely to cause fluctuations in humidity (and therefore temperature). This will cost more money and open up your home to issues like mold. An energy-efficient dehumidifier will provide consistency.
Newer, energy-efficient models tend to also produce less noise and take up less space, making them more suitable for small homes.
These benefits are primarily about making the environment in your home as pleasant as possible, but there are practical, financial aspects to upgrading your dehumidifier to a newer, more energy-efficient model.
Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Dehumidifier
Just because your dehumidifier still turns on doesn’t mean it is still protecting your home with any real efficiency. There are some warning signs that you should look out for when you’re thinking about whether you should upgrade your dehumidifier.
Looking out for some warning signs of breakdown will help you anticipate when it would be best to upgrade to a newer model. The most common signs that your current dehumidifier is starting to lose its edge include, but are not limited to:
- Fluctuating temperatures
- Increased noise
- Increased energy usage and bills
- Mold and mildew formation
- Bad odors
Each of these issues is a sign that you are starting to lose control of the relative humidity within your home. There are really only two causes for this: a degrading dehumidifier that is no longer suited for its purpose or damage elsewhere in your home that is letting moisture into your home. This is why you should book a free inspection with crawl space experts at AFS before you make a choice about whether you want to upgrade your dehumidifier.