Do I Need a Dehumidifier?

When things are wet outside, you expect your home to be a dry haven. However, sometimes the humidity indoors can actually be higher than you think. Many clients ask us if they need a dehumidifier, and you would be surprised at the answer. Let’s look at the best way to determine if you require a dehumidifier for your home.

Measuring Humidity

To accurately determine the humidity level in your home, you need to measure it with a hygrometer. A hygrometer is a unique thermometer that measures the amount of moisture in the air. The normal range of humidity inside a home is typically between 30 to 50 percent. If you don’t have a hygrometer on hand, there are a few other signs that you may need a dehumidifier.


If you start noticing a large amount of condensation on the interior glass of your home that looks like fog or vapor, then there is too much moisture in your room. This can be caused either by overzealous use of a humidifier or improper sealing of your home.

Mold and Mildew

If you start seeing or smelling mold or mildew, the humidity of your home needs to be decreased. Mildew has a unmistakable “musty” odor that sometimes will slowly accumulate without you noticing. Try leaving your home for at least 30 minutes and when you return, really smell the air in your home. While many types of mold are harmless, there are some varieties that can cause severe health issues. If you start noticing mold or mildew growth, you need to call a professional to install a dehumidifier as soon as possible.

If you are still wondering if your home needs a dehumidifier, call the experts at Baylor Heating & Air Conditioning today. Call 812.425.8435 to schedule your appointment with our heating and cooling experts.

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