Advice on dehumidifiers
1. What does a dehumidifier do?
A dehumidifier absorbs excess moisture from the air. The appliance sucks in the humid air and cools it. That condenses the moisture in the air into water droplets. These are collected in a tank or go immediately down the drain hose. The dehumidifier then blows out dry air.
Dehumidifiers are equipped with a filter that traps dirt and dust particles. The majority of dirt particles is filtered from the air. That's why a dehumidifier also has an air-purifying effect.
2. When does a dehumidifier help?
Too high humidity in your house can do a lot of damage. Dehumidifying is the only solution. If you recognize the issues below in your house, it's a good idea to get a dehumidifier.
Do you have any of the following issies?
- A musty smell in the house
- Damp furniture
- Silverfish infestation
- Moisture damage on the walls
- Mold on ceilings and walls
A dehumidifier prevents the moisture in you house from doing any more damage. Mold will stop spreading and the moisture damage on the walls will be reduced. After a while, the typical, musty smell will also disappear. Unlike humid air, dry air doesn't retain nasty odors.
3. What should you keep in mind when choosing a dehumidifier?
There are 3 things to keep in mind when choosing the right dehumidifier.
The number of square meters
How large is the room you want to treat? Check the number of square meters the dehumidifier has the capacity to treat, or there's a good change that the dehumidifier won't be able to get the space dry enough.
A dehumidifier's capacity
Are you suffering from serious humidity? Choose a dehumidifier with a lot of capacity. There are dehumidifiers that can absorb as much as 30 liters of moisture from the air in 24 hours. An average dehumidifier absorbs about 10 liters of moisture from the air in 24 hours. They are suitable for bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens.
Temporary or continuous use
Rooms that are always damp, such as basements, crawlspaces, or bathrooms benefit from continuous dehumidifying. A dehumidifying with a drain option is usually the best choice for these areas. You connect a drain hose to the appliance to get rid of the condensed moisture right away. You can also get a device with a timer so it only switches on when you want it to.
4. What will you be using the dehumidifier for?
Before picking a dehumidifier, consider in which space you intend to put it. Consider the size of the space. If you put a dehumidifier suitable for spaces up to 25m2 in a 40m2 room, it will dehumidify a bit, but it won't achieve the humidity you want.
For small spaces
Choose a dehumidifier for small spaces if, for instance, you want to dehumidify your bathroom or basement. These dehumidifiers are suitable for spaces up to 25m2
For medium-sized spaces
Humidity issues in your living room or bedroom? Get a dehumidifier for medium-sized spaces. These dehumidify spaces between 25 and 60m2.
Humidity issues in large spaces such as offices, big garages, or basements require a dehumidifier that's powerful enough for areas of 60m2 or more.
5. How do you maintain optimal humidity and air quality?
A dehumidifier gets air quality to an optimal level. Ideal humidity is between 40 and 60 percent. Most dehumidifiers have an integrated humidistat that measures the current humidity. The device compares this to the level you've set and will then do its work to get it there. Some dehumidifiers switch off after that or stay on standby and automatic mode. When the humidity increases again, the dehumidifier will switch on automatically.
You can connect a separate humidistat to your dehumidifier when it doesn't have its own.
6. How do you maintain a dehumidifier?
Naturally, you want to enjoy your dehumidifier as long as possible. That's why it's important to clean it regularly.