Bathroom Mold Problem? A Dehumidifier Can Help
Most people like really long hot showers in the cold of winter. A nice steamy shower is certainly on my list of my favorite things. However, with that nice hot shower comes a lot of steam and water vapor. Even if you have a fan on that circulates the air out of the bathroom, or even if you leave the door open, there is still a lot of steam that builds up in the room. Of course steam is fun for writing funning messages on the bathroom mirror, which the kids like to do. However, steam can pose a problem for the walls and other structures in your bathroom. There is the potential for wood rot, peeling paint, and especially mold growth.
Mold and mildew just love a nice damp environment. All they need is a little bit of water vapor to start growing and reproducing, sending mold spores out all over your home. This can cause allergies and make breathing difficult for people with asthma. In some cases, severe headaches can occur as well as serious health problems from mold toxins. The best way to protect yourself from mold growth in your bathroom is to keep it from starting. To accomplish this you should certainly have a fan installed in your bathroom if you don’t already have one. The second thing you should do is look at getting the best dehumidifier you can find.
There are many different dehumidifier models on the market and they range in capacity from small closet models with the ability to pull 16 ounces of water out of the air each day to larger portable models that can extract up to 70 pints of water in 24 hours. Which model you need to get depends on the size of your bathroom and how damp and steamy it gets. A 50 pint capacity dehumidifier will be able to handle most average size bathrooms. Unless of course you’re very wealthy and have a super deluxe bathroom, then you’ll need to move up to a 70 pint model.
Dehumidifiers work by pulling in steamy, humid air using a fan. That wet air then passes over cold coils that lower the temperature of the air, causing condensation to form. It’s basically the same as what happens when you leave a cold soda can out on a hot summer day. Water vapor forms and starts to drip down the side of the soda can. In the dehumidifier the water vapor drips down the cold coils and falls into a collection bucket. Depending on the model, the water can be drained automatically out of the unit, or removed by hand and just dumped out. I like hands free models where I can just set them up and let them do their work. That’s why I think dehumidifiers that offer an auto-drain capability are a smart buy, especially for wet bathrooms where water collection buckets can fill up really fast.
If you need help shopping for a dehumidifier you can find a list of the top five best dehumidifiers on DehumidifierAuthority.com. Once you have your unit, simply place it in your bathroom so that its vents are able to properly draw in damp air. Most 25 to 50 pint units are no louder than your typical bathroom fan, so you can feel to run the dehumidifier for as long as you like without being bothered by it. A nice bonus to having a portable unit is that you can move it to other humid rooms in your home after the bathroom has dried out.
By lowering the moisture levels in your bathroom with a high quality dehumidifier you are taking an important step in preventing the growth of harmful mold and mildew. So go ahead and take that long hot shower. Enjoy it. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’ve properly protected your home and your health.