I really, really wanted to write “de-MIST-ifying” instead – get it? Humidity! Mist! – but I decided to spare you the pun. (You’ll notice I still got it in here, zing!)
If you’re reading this blog post in a) Canada, during b) summertime and c) live in an enclosed space without a dehumidifier, we need to talk. Dehumidifiers are, without a doubt, one of the most misunderstood necessities for today’s homeowners. In fact, in an informal survey (very informal, I just asked Facebook friends) pertaining to their use, only 20% of respondents indicated that they owned one. I also received the following questions:
“Wait, do I really need one?”
“I think we have one but I have to ask (insert husband’s name).”
“What is that? You mean like the thing in the baby’s room?” (No, that’s a humidifier.)
“No but I’m sure you’ll convince me I need one.”
Well yeah, cause that’s what I do. And after reading this article, if you’re still not convinced, I won’t trouble you further. (As long as you don’t trouble me to complain about your allergies and energy costs.)
Without further ado, the case for a dehumidifier.
How it works: Quite simply, a dehumidifier is an electric appliance that removes excess moisture and humidity in the air. A fan in the unit pulls in air from the surrounding area, which may have high moisture levels (particularly during the summer months). When this air passes through the dehumidifier, it is cooled to remove the moisture, and then reheated. This de-moisturized air is then redistributed into the room. The unit collects the moisture it pulls from the air in a reservoir (usually a plastic bucket that the owner is responsible for emptying when it reaches capacity). Et voila! More comfortable air = a more comfortable home.
Now you may be thinking, okay, we know how, but WHY? That’s even easier to answer:
1. Cleaner air. When your home has the proper humidity level, it’s less likely to create an environment where mold and mildew can thrive. Think about it; we live in a country where almost every summer day has temperatures punctuated by a “humidex”. And when that polluted, moist air leaks into your home, your indoor air can become overly muggy too, triggering fungal growth. Mold and mildew can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms and increase respiratory complications.
We know that in 2014, 8.1% of Canadians aged 12 and older – roughly 2.4 million people – reported that they had been diagnosed with asthma by a health professional. (Source) And, asthma is estimated to contribute to $2.4 billion in lost productivity in Canada each year. (Source) There’s no doubt about it: dehumidifiers help make your home healthier.
2. Lower energy consumption and cost. When humidity levels are high, your home feels warmer than it really is. (Ever walk into a room and say, “I can’t breathe! The air conditioner isn’t working!” – that’s humidity!) So, you turn up your cooling system, which in turn increases your energy consumption. Dehumidifiers help ensure your home has the proper humidity level, which allows you to keep your thermostat at a higher, more energy-efficient setting.
3. Reduced condensation. Excessive moisture increases condensation on windows and walls, which leads to mold growth and has the potential for structural damage, too. The presence of mold means that the conditions are probably right for fungi that cause decay; rot can occur anywhere in the home, and making repairs isn’t cheap. Use a dehumidifier to reduce condensation and prevent costly repairs.
Convinced you need a dehumidifier in your home? Here’s the one you want.
The LG PuriCare Dehumidifier is as unique and attractive as it is functional. It features full-function electronic controls, an easily accessible collection container with level indicator and a washable filter that reduces bacteria, room odors and other airborne particles. The portable design includes caster wheels making it easy to move your unit from room to room.
Maintenance is a no fuss affair with a convenient water bucket and tray handle, and I love the large, clear displays to easily check and control humidity levels. Plus, safety is a top priority; the LG PuriCare Dehumidifier was designed with features to promote safe dehumidification, such as a Safety Standby Mode that prevents overheating, and internal components that are made of thermally resistant materials, such as glass, wool, and silicon housed in a steel structure.
We’ve owned dehumidifiers in the past, but I’m pretty smitten with this one. The sleek design means it can seamlessly blend into the décor of almost any room in the house, and the quiet, continuous fan keeps our environment fresh and comfortable. At the moment, its home is our basement where we have bamboo flooring and hence, are most keen on controlling excess moisture. After using the unit for just one month, I can attest that the LG PuriCare Dehumidifier is superior to ones we’ve owned in the past. And although my husband doesn’t love emptying a full reservoir of water on a daily basis, even he will admit that it’s a sign the dehumidifier is doing its job, and well.
The LG PuriCare Dehumidifier retails for $399 and can be purchase at multiple locations:
Available in store from The Home Depot and Sears
Available online from HomeDepot.ca, Sears.ca BestBuy.ca, Costco.ca, Staples.ca and WalMart.ca
Tell, me – do you own a dehumidifier? If you’re in the market for a new one (or an upgrade), I urge to you to consider the LG PuriCare Dehumidifier. Breathe easy, friends.
This post is sponsored by LG. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.