Trying to find a good dehumidifier
Let me begin by sharing my love-hate relationship with some of the dehumidifiers I have purchased. Though they have helped me to combat mould and damp on walls and kept my basement dry, they tend to also have reliability issues too. My challenge was to find a good dehumidifier that does the job perfectly, without any drawbacks or reliability problems. For me, the dehumidifier had to remove excess moisture and reduce humidity but the hard task was to find an effective one. After considering various features, I finally managed to get the best one! So, I’ll share with you some important tips that helped me finding the best dehumidifier.
Dehumidifiers will definitely remove moisture from the air, but you should choose an appropriate sized dehumidifier depending on the square footage of your selected space. Having a continuous drain option in your dehumidifier ensures continuous removal of the moisture from the space, without the need to empty water every time. Also, the holding capacity of the dehumidifier should at least range between 3 to 5 gallons.
- Humidity level: The desired humidity level (50 to 70%) can be set with the help of a built-in hygrometer or humidistat. This device can determine the humidity in your home, and you can test the levels almost every day.
- Size: Usually dehumidifiers cover lesser area than the manufacturers claim, so best to buy a larger sized dehumidifier than you actually require. Selecting the right fit for a single room, multiple room, bathroom, office and large basements is a crucial task. However, the hygrometer and ACH (air changes per hour) can help get the accurate reading for the space you need to dehumidify.
- Type: The type of dehumidifiers vary from heat pumps, compressor, petlier, ventilating dehumidifiers, chemical (salt based) absorbent dehumidifiers, refrigerant and desiccant. The most common among these is refrigerant, where the moist air is drawn in by the refrigerated coil with a fan. This type is usually cheap and easy to operate, so best for domestic use.
- Air flow: I had determined the amount of air flow with respect to the size of my room. The CFM (cubic feet per minute) and pints requirement should be supported by the dehumidifier that you intend to buy.
After considering the above features, I managed to get a dehumidifier that kept my basement’s humidity level at 50% and the basement was no more damp and a filled with an unpleasant smell.Along with the above features, reviews about different dehumidifiers also helped me make the right decision in buying the best model.
While choosingt he type of dehumidifier, budget, area and other preferences also matter. The compressor driven dehumidifier pulls out the air through two sets of coils, one to cool and other to draw excess moisture. The dehumidifier I have now, also has an Auto Defrost and Auto Shut off feature that prevents the coil from icing out and will switch off automatically .It is wise to clean the dehumidifiers regularly, else it encourages bacterial growth and increases health risks to you. I strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions and clean them to avoid bacterial growth.