Both literally and figuratively, dehumidifiers are one of the coolest inventions by mankind. If you are in the market for a dehumidifier, it is best to understand what exactly a dehumidifier is, how it works, and what features you should be looking for on your search. So, let us get started:
1. Purpose of a dehumidifier
- What purpose exactly does a dehumidifier serve? A dehumidifier decreases the level of moisture in the environment. Whether in your home or in your office, it is a useful and wise investment to make. All sorts of activities can increase the level of moisture in an area. These include cooking, showering, and making use of household appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and washing machines.
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- What are the effects of excessive moisture? Excessive moisture can cause mold to grow. It can also result in paint and wallpaper that easily peels. Wood also becomes more susceptible to warping. Other effects include dampness, condensation and musty smells. This is where the dehumidifier comes in. The dehumidifier helps to balance the level of humidity in your home or office. You can even check the humidity level by using a humidity sensor. During the summer, the ideal humidity level should be between 35 to 45 percent while in the winter; it should be around 25 percent.
2. Features to look for in a dehumidifier
- Tank size – this determines how much water will be eradicated from the air. You can consult a salesperson or get in touch with the manufacturer if you are unsure about this.
- Extraction rate—the lower the extraction rate, the less condensation will be controlled by the dehumidifier.
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- Humidistat—this ensures that humidity is at a comfortable level. It also doubles as an energy saver as the dehumidifier is activated only when necessary.
- Quiet operation—consider the noise that will be created by the unit. Some operate very quietly while others buzz or beep.
3. How to choose a dehumidifier
- Space –how big is the room that you plan to put the dehumidifier in? Measure the square footage of the room as this is important in determining how big your dehumidifier should be. Prior to making your purchase, ask for a sizing chart and see if the dehumidifier is capable of thoroughly extracting moisture from the room. If you cannot find a precise fit, go for the dehumidifier with the higher capacity to ensure maximum coverage for the room.
- Cost – how much are you willing to spend on your dehumidifier? It may be helpful to figure out how much your budget is before you go on your search to avoid wasting time being distracted by models you cannot afford to purchase. You can browse through different models online prior to heading to the store so you have an idea of the price range that various models fall under.
- Convenience – again, consider where the dehumidifier will be located. If it is in your bedroom or your child’s bedroom, you need to choose very carefully the noise level of the dehumidifier you will purchase. Otherwise, you may end up with a unit that removes moisture but keeps you awake at night with the ruckus that it makes. That said; test the noise level before you make the purchase. If you plan to move the dehumidifier around, choose one that is easy to transport or that comes with casters.
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It is plain to see that a dehumidifier is a worthwhile purchase considering all the advantages and benefits that it offers. But before you make your purchase; be sure to do sufficient research so you can make an informed decision.
Content by Air and Water Centre.