We live in an old flat in a house built in 1890. It has huge windows that stream with condensation on a cold day. It starts around about this time of year and, last winter, our windows took a battering. So, to protect them, we recently bought a dehumidifier. And it’s fantastic.
If you aren’t aware, dehumidifiers drag moisture out of the air to create and maintain the appropriate humidity levels in your home. The less moisture in the air, the less ends up on the windows.
Since we started running this dehumidifier, how much moisture do you think we collect on a daily basis?
16 litres!! Per day!!!
That’s 112 litres per week, 448 per month and 5,824 per year.
That’s enough water to provide 8 people their daily drinking water intake for an entire year.
It’s enough water for 73 baths or to wash your car 30 times.
And all that water would have been sitting on our windows, or… in our lungs.
It turns out that removing moisture from the air does more than stop condensation. Damp air is actually really bad for your health. It can give you respiratory problems and affect your immune system. It can create mould in your home and be a breeding ground for bugs. And damp air is really hard to heat. So you end up using more gas through overdoing the central heating.
So we set out to rid the moisture from our windows, but as well as that, we also created a healthier environment, an easier and cheaper place to heat and future proofed our place from growing mould.
You see, sometimes you don’t truly know the extent of the problem, or how you’ll benefit from fixing it, until you actually start fixing something.