Dehumidifier

Many people have heard of a humidifier but not as many people have heard or used a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier is an appliance whose job it is to remove the humidity in the air. This is usually done for health reasons. Humidity is linked to more growth of mold and mildew inside of homes, so when you take the humidity out the growth of mold and mildew slows and allergies to these things in the air of the home cease. A dehumidifier is generally used to reduce relative humidity to about 30 to 50% as this is when mold and mildew become ineffective and it will also make living in the home more comfortable because when you get over 50% humidity most human beings become quiet uncomfortable. Having a less humid home can also improve sleep and even decrease the drying time for clothing!

There are a couple different types of dehumidifiers. First there is the mechanical, also known as the refrigerated dehumidifier. This is the most common type of unit used and the way that it works is that damp air is drawn over a refrigerated coil with a small fan. The result is that the water in the air that is pulled over the coil condenses and then falls into a collection bucket. The air is then heated by a portion of the coil that is hot.

There is also a desiccant dehumidifier that uses a desiccant material to reduce the humidity in the home. These are not used as often, though they are used more in colder or less humid areas with better results. These dehumidifier units are often used in conjunction with the refrigerated variety.

If anyone in your home has allergies or you have a difficult time sleeping because it is too humid, you may need a dehumidifier. Most people find that the mechanical or refrigerated variety is the best for them because it works in a straight forward way and is generally more affordable. If you are going to use a dehumidifier you will need to think about how you are going to collect the water that is going to be pulled out of the air. Many people fail to think about this and then they end up with water on the floor!

Many people who plan to use the dehumidifier constantly install a drip output that leads to a drain that carries the water away from the home. Most of the units come with their own drip buckets and they will sound when the bucket is full. You should be aware that the typical unit fills its bucket in just 8-12 hours, which is why a lot of people install a drain so they don’t have to worry about emptying out a bucket every day, because if you forget it could cause a lot of problems to the floor of your home as the bucket overflows.

When you begin to shop for your dehumidifier you will find that there are portable units as well as those that install permanently in the wall or a closet. You will need to decide which option is best for you. The wall installed units are more powerful, but you cannot move them from room to room. You’ll need to consider your uses and then buy accordingly.

Prices really vary on dehumidifiers. You should definitely shop around and see where you can get the best unit for the most affordable price. You may be able to find sales that will save you a lot of money, so be sure to shop for them right before or after the most humid season in your area.

This Dehumidifier Review is Written/Updated on May 19th, 2009 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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