Dangers of Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers can make summers in New Jersey bearable. As the summer air becomes hot and humid, dehumidifiers work to remove that humidity and reduce the potential for mold growth. When coupled with an air conditioner, they make your home comfortable all summer long. But no system is without its risks. Make sure your summer is comfortable and safe by understanding the dangers of dehumidifiers.

Fire Risk

Dehumidifiers are designed to run constantly without supervision like your refrigerator. If you don’t maintain your device properly, the risk of fire increases. You should clean your dehumidifier regularly to avoid unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Change the filters, clean the grill to ensure it’s clear of dust and debris, clean the coils (a quick swipe with a small brush will do), and wipe down the fan blades to remove grime. Once your device is clean, make sure there’s nothing blocking the grills before you turn it on.

There is a small chance of a manufacturing error leading to a fire. If you purchased your device prior to 2016, check the recall list to make sure your dehumidifier is still safe to use.

Health Risk

Dehumidifiers are fan favorites among allergy sufferers because they stop the growth of mold and fungus when they remove moisture from the air.

The risk comes into play if you neglect to empty your dehumidifier on a regular basis.  If water stays in the device for too long, then all of those pesky molds and fungi begin to grow inside of it. You will then begin to experience the same allergy symptoms that you’re trying to prevent with the humidifier. Don’t let poor indoor air quality set back your summer. Call Heating Specialties today (866) 923-2653 to discuss all the ways we can improve your indoor air quality