Humidifier vs. Dehumidifier by Mike Holmes
The air we breathe inside our homes plays a big role in how we feel every day. In some cases, the air inside our homes can be up to 2-5 more times polluted than the air outside – and you might not even know it!
There are a lot of products out there that are designed to help regulate the air inside our homes. Now, in a perfect world, we’d build every home to my standards which would include creating homes that are well sealed, built to keep water out, and provide efficient air exchange to make sure we’re always breathing good quality air.
If you’re concerned about the air quality in your home, I’d recommend getting an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) assessment which can identify the indoor air quality risks in your home, as well as take an indoor air sample to let you know if there are any pollutants in your air that you need to take action against.
While many air quality issues can be hard to identify until you start to feel symptoms, when the humidity is too high or too low in a room – you’re going to feel it. For many homeowners, when the air in the room doesn’t feel quite right, the first step is to use a dehumidifier or humidifier. But which one do you use, and when?
Humidifiers vs. Dehumidifiers
It should sound pretty simple, right? Humidifiers and dehumidifiers are meant to help improve the air quality in your home by helping to maintain proper humidity levels. When do you need which one?
Both appliances can help with respiratory issues. A humidifier can provide needed moisture to your chest and nose if you’re suffering congestion from a cold. If you’ve got allergies, especially to dust mites, mold spores, and mildew a dehumidifier can help with those symptoms because they work to pull hot and humid air that lets those allergens thrive.
Essentially, if the air in your home is too dry, a humidifier releases water vapor into the room to bring up the humidity levels. When the air is too humid, a dehumidifier works to pull out that excess moisture, reducing the humidity. Ideal humidity levels for your home should be between 35% – 45%. If they’re too low, you need a humidifier, too high, bring in a dehumidifier.
Humidity, Moisture, and Mold
Mold needs three things to grow: a food source (organic materials), moisture, air. When moisture levels get too high in your home, especially in areas that aren’t typically well vented (attics, basements, and crawlspaces) you could find yourself with a mold problem in a big way.
A dehumidifier can help pull that excess moisture out removing one of the sources mold needs to grow. For spaces up to 1000 cubic feet, you can use Concrobium Moisture Grabbers XL pouches, which absorb moisture from the air into the pouch, causing the crystals inside to turn into gel. If you have an attic, garage, basement, or crawlspace that gets damp and musty, the pouches can last for up to six months. Once the entire pouch feels like gel make sure that you replace them.
Check out the video below to see how Concrobium Moisture Grabbers XL work!
Already Have Mold?
You can do the legwork to deal with excess moisture in the home, but what happens when it’s too late and you’ve already discovered mold?
In major cases of mold exceeding 10 sq./ft. call in a professional mold remediation company. They’ll be able to identify your mold source, and safely remove mold from affected areas.
If the area affected is small, you can handle the cleanup – as long as you’re being safe. Always wear gloves and masks to keep from breathing in or touching mold spores. And for an extra layer of safety, wear protective clothing to keep the spores off your every day clothes.
Apply Concrobium Mold Control to affected areas, which will crush the mold spores at their roots underneath the surface, as well as applying a barrier to prevent future mold growth. Once the mold is removed, place a Concrobium Moisture Grabber XL pouch in your most humid areas and run your dehumidifier as necessary to keep moisture levels low – and preventing mold from returning.