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Dehumidifier Buying Guide
What is a Dehumidifier?
Although dehumidifiers all have the same job they are not all one in the same. Dehumidifiers come with an array of qualities and features each different from the next to provide each customer with their specific needs and wants. When looking into purchasing the perfect dehumidifier for yourself or your family there are several questions you may want to ask yourself so you can find the dehumidifier that will best accommodate your specific needs.
Where will you use your dehumidifier? In the beginning of your dehumidifier search one of the first things you will need to ask yourself is where will your new dehumidifier be used and what are your goals. Are there bigger problem areas than others? Do you want to preserve carpet so it will last longer, make the room feel cooler without increasing the air conditioner usage? One’s first instinct when buying a dehumidifier might be to put it in a central location such as a living room. However, basements and crawl spaces can benefit from a humidifier that will bring additional comfort to the whole home. If allergies are an issue it may be best used in a bedroom. There are no restrictions as to where the benefits of a dehumidifier may be enjoyed. They can be used in your work place, at home, in a second home or rental space. Anywhere moisture builds a dehumidifier will reduce the moisture in the air and provide an increase in comfort. Once you decide where the unit will be placed you can select the right unit for the job.
How large is the space that needs to be serviced? The next step to selecting the best possible dehumidifier is to consider how small or large the space will be that needs dehumidifying. Square footage determines the amount of power and water capacity that will be required. Once you have finally selected the initial home of your dehumidifier choosing a dehumidifier that will efficiently dehumidify a certain amount of space will maximize efficiency. Here you look at the size of the motor and the moisture capacity. If the unit is too small, it may only work for a few hours. If it is too large it may cost more to operate.
What are the current humidity levels of the space? Current humidity in the room will also factor into the size of unit you need to get, in order to operate efficiently.
Which drain system will best suit your lifestyle? Dehumidifiers are constantly collecting water while they are operating, which is how they keep moisture out of the air. Excess water is going to need a place to go, and in most cases collect the water in either a bucket or an automatic drain system. A bucket or container must be changed each time it fills where an auto drain system can run continuously. If you lead a busy life or don’t spend much time in the space, you may be more interested in a self-draining dehumidifier or a dehumidifier with a large condensate tank. This will prevent spills or overflows. However, if you will be in the room or have easy access then it may be more feasible to regularly change these tanks and flow compartments.
Will I be transporting my dehumidifier? As you now know dehumidifiers can provide you with lots of benefits but can be very heavy, especially when the water bucket is full. If you will need to transport the dehumidifier having sturdy wheels can make the job simple to complete. Small dehumidifiers are easy to move without wheels, but medium to large units will.
Features to Consider
It is important to identify which features will best suit you or your family’s needs so that you can select the dehumidifier that will meet all of your expectations and desires.
Automatic Shut off – The automatic shut off is one feature that is very beneficial to have in a dehumidifier. This feature acts as it sounds. The unit is automatically set to turn off after an allotted amount of time, and will prevent your dehumidifier from fires, outlet shortages, and will help your dehumidifiers coil from freeing if left on for too long.
Wheels or no wheels – Wheels improve the ability to transport the dehumidifier to reap its benefits on the go. Dehumidifiers are fairly compact in size which makes them easier to transport however some units can become very heavy when filled with water making wheels a great feature to have.
Water Collection – when the condensation is collected in the dehumidifier it will got into a tank to be stored until you empty it. The features of these tanks vary in size and shape. You want to select a tank size that best suits your needs based on the size of the space and the amount of humidity in the room. If you are going to be away from your dehumidifier for longer periods of time it will be important to select a larger sized tank to avoid spills and overflows.
Pints Per day – Each dehumidifier will possess the ability to collect a certain amount of water capacity per day from the air in the space. Larger capacity will require a larger unit but will enable you to go for longer periods of time between changes. Based on your needs you will select a dehumidifier with an appropriate pint per day capacity that will suit your needs. The larger the space and the more humid the room currently is the larger unit will be required. Larger units also allow you to go longer before emptying the water collected.
Easy Clean Filters – As your dehumidifier removes moisture from the air it is also trapping and collecting dirt, dust, debris and other particles that are currently floating in the air. Dehumidifiers will trap and collect this debris as the water is pulled through the machine cleaning the air and removing impurities. Filters are built into the design to capture these particles so they are not redistributed back into the air. Having easy to clean filters will help you keep the air as clean as possible. These filters are quick and easy to remove, clean, and replace.
Dehumidifiers are equipped with many qualities and features that make them a very popular device to have. As the occurrence of allergies increase more and more families turn to dehumidifiers as a solution. They also increase the life of furniture, carpet and even wall paper and paint. SO much in the home is sensitive to moisture making moisture control devices like dehumidifiers cost effective solutions. to make each customers experience unique and the most efficient. Dehumidifiers can bring better health and happiness into your home or space and keep your wallet a little heavier. In a world where the air isn’t so clean we can now breathe a little better.