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What you should know about the Dehumidifiers

The best air treatment solution for removing excess moisture around your home and protecting it from damaging mold and mildew is a dehumidifier. While you’re choosing the best one for your home, you may have lots of questions, or you may be wondering which model is right for your space. To clear up, review our list of constantly asked questions about dehumidifiers.

What is an exact role of the dehumidifiers?

Have you heard the phrase, it's not so much the heat but the humidity that makes you uncomfortable? This phrase describes the hot, muggy environment that results when there is excess humidity in your space. However, most central air conditioning systems remove some excess moisture from your indoor environment, it isn't enough for some places like basements.

The most common humidity problems you may notice:

  • Condensation on windows
  • Wet stains on walls and ceilings
  • Mold
  • Musty scents
  • Uneven floorboards

Solving these problems can prevent structural damage to your home and its contents, allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and other health issues.

A dehumidifier can help you fix the moisture problem in your home. These appliances are designed to pull damp, sticky air into the unit, rapidly cool it and condense the moisture, and redistribute the drier, dehumidified air back into your environment using a fan.

The following areas of high-leveled humidity where the dehumidifiers are often placed:

  • Basements
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Kitchens
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Spas or Indoor Pool Areas
  • Warehouses
  • Workshops

Moreover, when you supplement your air conditioner with a dehumidifier, you will achieve the best balance of cool and dry air, which will help your indoors remain healthy and cool.

How can a dehumidifier help control and relieve my allergy symptoms?

One of the main reasons of allergy symptoms at home is excess moisture. Too much moisture in your indoor environment creates a breeding ground for mold, mildew, dust mites, and bacteria. All of these can irritate allergies, causing itchy eyes and skin, respiratory problems, and many other unpleasant symptoms. By using a dehumidifier to remove the excess humidity from your indoor environment, you can create an overall healthier environment and control your allergy symptoms.

What kind of components have to be included into a proper dehumidifier?

As well as a capacity, coverage area, and type of humidity problem, dehumidifiers also have a difference of features. User-friendly design is important for single room dehumidifiers. While purchasing one of these units, look for features such as a digital humidistat, a programmable timer, an easy-to-adjust control panel, full-bucket overflow protection, caster wheels for moving the dehumidifier from room to room, and continuous drainage options.

The larger capacity models, such as industrial and warehouse dehumidifiers, look for automatic dehumidification control that allows users to choose a desired humidity level and have that level mechanically maintained by the dehumidifier is a great option. Simply, look for models with "set it and forget it" functionality. Frequently, industrial-grade dehumidifiers are used to remove excess moisture from multiple areas. In such instances, look for dehumidifiers that offer ducting options. Continuous drain capability and internal condensate pumps are also popular features for large-capacity dehumidifiers.

Where should i place it?

The best placement of your dehumidifier is critical for achieving top performance. The majority of people place dehumidifiers in basements, laundry rooms, crawl spaces, and indoor pool areas since these areas often have moisture problems. Meanwhile, there are models available to address a difference of moisture issues that can be placed anywhere from single bedrooms to warehouses.

When you determined the area that needs dehumidifying, narrow down the specific part of that area where the dehumidifier will physically be placed. We recommend placing your dehumidifier at least six inches away from walls or any other structure that may obstruct airflow into and out of the dehumidifier. If you must place it close to a wall, consider purchasing a dehumidifier with multiple placement options, such as the Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier, which allows users to suspend the dehumidifier overhead using the optional Hang Kit.

Is a dehumidifier noisy?

Dehumidifiers take a fan to pull in, release, and circulate the dehumidified air throughout your environment. The higher the fan setting, the more noise you can expect as well as with any appliance that uses a fan. Moreover, dehumidifiers use a compressor, which makes a little bit more noise than a fan. However, when the compressor is operating, users should expect an increase in noise.

Luckily, newer dehumidifiers are quieter than older ones. Although, on lower settings, the noise is comparable to white noise. Expectantly, on high settings, a dehumidifier will be louder and possibly disturb sleep or activity throughout the day. But there are some models, which work exceptionally quieter. Don’t forget that commercial-grade dehumidifiers are louder than single room dehumidifiers. Fortunately, heavy-duty dehumidifiers are typically used in basements, crawl spaces, indoor pool areas, and industrial settings where noise isn't a primary concern.

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