By removing excess moisture in the air, dehumidifiers remain the sole long-term solution to mould and mildew in your home. Higher humidity levels above 60%RH are known to cause the build-up of bacteria and fungus, potentially producing toxic substances and causing serious long-term health problems. Especially in poorly ventilated bathrooms, basements, or windows that gather condensation, dehumidifiers can prevent mould growth and stop the moisture from reducing the lifespan of window frames or bathroom ceilings and walls.
Dehumidifiers have a range of other health benefits too. The air at a controlled lower humidity is not only easier for people suffering from asthma to breathe, but it also reduces the number of asthma triggers such as dust mites. Many of our products are also fitted with filters to capture fine impurities in the air and to disrupt microbe reproduction. According to a study conducted by PubMed, dehumidifiers are proven to reduce symptoms caused by allergens and dust mites, reducing chest congestion, difficulty breathing and rheumatic diseases.
Dehumidifiers also stand out as an answer to rising energy costs. Due to the extraction of water particles from the air, lower humidity levels allow for significantly cheaper heating during winter months as you can run the heating less and at a lower temperature. Alternatively, during summer months, they can be paired with our air conditioning units to control the temperature of your home more effectively and cost-efficiently.
Fit with a laundry mode, many of our dehumidifiers act as cheaper alternatives to tumble dryers. Martin Lewis has even suggested using a dehumidifier to dry clothes as heating on energy bills continues to rise. Figures from a survey by Ideal Home found that on average one cycle on a vented tumble dryer can cost up to £2, with the heat pump tumble dryer the cheaper option at £0.73 per use. In contrast, our DD1 Simple MK3 dehumidifying unit can dry the same load in approximately 4 hours (possibly less depending on the clothing materials and size of the load) , running at 300W and thus only costing £0.42. This means that, assuming 3 loads a week, you could save approximately between £50 and £250 a year on laundry running costs alone. In this way, a dehumidifier is an investment rather than a cost.