What is a dehumidifier?
There’s nothing worse than the damp, musty smell that attacks your senses when mold has over-grown your house. Few things can make your space hazardous and unpleasant, an overly humid environment is one of them. Whether it’s a structural building issue, where moisture is rising and penetrating your condo, or the moisture emanating from your dryer… An overly humid setting is a breeding ground for mold and respiratory illness. A dehumidifier is your best line of defence against a damp household; it ensures that your house remains at the optimum humidity level by filtering out the excess moisture, subsequently avoiding a mold infestation.
What does a dehumidifier do?
A dehumidifier is an electrical device which maintains the level of humidity in the air while circumventing health hazards, nasty odours and promoting comfort. It can be seen to act like a vacuum cleaner for moisture: the air in the room is sucked in through the dehumidifier, the moisture is extracted and then the optimal air is released back into the environment.
Choosing the right dehumidifier
Information on choosing the right dehumidifier can become quite intricate rapidly, so to keep it simple we’ve distilled the in-depth facts into a couple of sentences. There are two types of dehumidifier 1) Compressor 2) Desiccant. The general rule of thumb is a desiccant dehumidifier is suited to colder rooms while a compressor dehumidifier is suited to warmer rooms.
How to use a dehumidifier
Using a dehumidifier correctly may seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. You should always begin by reading the Owner’s manual, even if it seems intuitive to you. This will help minimise issues with your dehumidifier and allow you to fully benefit from all its functions. The ideal relative humidity should be set around 45-50%, play around with these levels over the first month and decide which is best for you. Connect your dehumidifier to a power source and then adjust the settings according to the directions given in the manual, allow your unit to run through several cycles. The initial days of using the dehumidifier will yield the most moisture removal. To ensure that your dehumidifier runs effectively, take these tips into account:
- When using the machine keep all doors and windows closed.
- Ensure that the water tank is emptied regularly
- Perform frequent cleaning of your dehumidifier
- Send your dehumidifier for maintenance once a year.
Deciding to invest in a dehumidifier can be a big and daunting step. However, at HVAC Engineering we make it our business to offer you the best quality dehumidifiers suited to your personal needs. Whether it’s an industrial dehumidifier, a commercial one or simply one for your home we guarantee you’ll be pleased with our product. Peruse through our site and take the steps to create the safe, comfortable space you deserve.