Jeff Flowers on August 1, 2013 3 Comments There are a variety of reasons people use a dehumidifier. There are two common reasons people use either a stand-alone or whole-house (central air) dehumidifier – to control allergies and eliminate the sticky, stale feeling a house can have. Some people hesitate to invest in one of the types of dehumidifier because they don’t believe it would make a noticeable impact on their daily lives. The truth is there are a lot of other uses for a dehumidifier that makes it a must-have in nearly home. Let’s take a look at five common uses for a dehumidifier that many people may be overlooking. 1. Protect Mattresses & Bedding It is amazing how quickly a little bit of moisture can shorten the lifespan of a mattress. This is especially true if you place your mattress in a storage space. Along with extending the lifespan of a mattress, a dehumidifier can also help prevent microscopic mildew from forming. Once mold or mildew makes its way into a mattress, there is no effective method of eliminating it. For an added layer of protection, using a dehumidifier wherever linens are stored should be considered as well to prevent mildew transfer from bedding to the bed itself. 2. Protect Items Sensitive to Moisture Levels Another benefit of using a dehumidifier, especially a whole-house dehumidifier, is it protects expensive items that are sensitive to moisture levels. The most common household item to be damaged or destroyed by high moisture levels in the home is electronics. While today’s electronics are built with the expectation they will encounter a nominal level of moisture, it is vital they are not exposed to too much. Nothing is worse than trying to turn on the TV or a computer, only to realize it has been slowly destroyed by excess moisture. 3. Protect Tools and Vehicles Along with protecting electronics in the home, a dehumidifier in the garage or storage spaces is equally important. Expensive machinery (lawn mowers and appliances), tools, and even vehicles will slowly begin to rust or decay while they are in storage if there is too much humidity in the air. Mini dehumidifiers are a great option for protecting your tools. 4. Protect Furniture and Flooring Wood and vinyl are both popular flooring options in homes across the country. Excess heat and moisture can combine to wreak havoc on flooring if not monitored. In most cases, the flooring will begin to warp. There will either be a large bump in the middle of the flooring or all of the edges near the walls will begin to rise. Either way, replacing floors is an expensive and time consuming process that could be avoided with a dehumidifier. Plus, if too much moisture seeps below your flooring, it can lead to excessive mold and mildew problems. 5. Feel More Comfortable During the Day and Sleep Better at Night Most people realize a dehumidifier can get rid of that sticky feeling that homes get during the hot summer months, but high humidity levels can affect the comfort of a home year-round. By using a dehumidifier in strategic locations or adding a whole-house dehumidifying system, you can feel more comfortable during the day and sleep better through the night. Even if you don’t live in a traditionally humid area of the country, your house may still have a higher than recommended humidity level. The easiest way to constantly maintain a safe, comfortable level of moisture is with a dehumidifier.