Moisture can cause more harm than you might imagine. This is especially true naturally for the humid weapon climate and during the summer months. If you don’t have a dehumidifier, you can expose yourself to a lot of unnecessary discomfort and health risks.
In this article, we’ll guide you through the key benefits of dehumidification, what to look for in a dehumidifier, and our key recommendations for budgets.
How a dryer can benefit you
Simply put, the dehumidifier sucks in the surrounding air, removes moisture, and then circulates it back into the room. Moisture accumulates in the pool from which you empty so often. Although in more advanced models, moisture can be pumped out through a drain pipe.
For the many reasons that monitor indoor humidity at home, these are the most important:
- Moisture makes you feel the hottest. According to the heat index published by NOAA, humidity in warm and hot weather can make you feel between three degrees and 18 degrees hotter (when you compare humidity by 50 to 80 percent).
- Moisture promotes the growth of bacteria and mold. Bacteria thrive at a humidity of at least 50 percent, while mold thrives at a humidity of at least 70 percent. Both can damage your health and should be minimized.
- Moisture can damage home property. Excessive moisture can warp the wood, peel off the paint, fade photos, and corrode the metal. For this reason, even if you don’t get a humidifier, consider getting a few humidity sensors for your home.
Do you need a dehumidifier?
The only way to know for sure is to grab an analog or digital hygrometer (a thermometer-like tool that measures humidity) and check the humidity level in your home. We recommend ThermoPro TP50 or AcuRite 00613.
The ideal indoor humidity averages 45-55% during the year. However, ventilation is normal as the weather begins and changes, so a humidity level of 30 to 60 percent is often comfortable enough for many people.
Note that excess moisture is more easily felt in the summer, and anything over 50 percent can affect stickiness, gentleness, and general discomfort. Therefore, if the indoor humidity level regularly exceeds 50 percent, we recommend purchasing an air dryer.
Do you need a humidifier if you have AC power?
Air conditioners remove moisture from the air as they run. However, the primary difference is that the exchange units are optimized for air cooling and circulation. Dehumidifiers do not cool the air, but are optimized to remove as much moisture as possible.
In other words, using the AC unit and dehumidifier together can cool your home faster and use less energy. This is because dry air facilitates the evaporation of moisture and the evaporation has a cooling effect on the skin.
It should be noted that dehumidifiers also emit heat. However, the unit can only raise the temperature by one or two degrees, which is irrelevant in larger rooms.
What to look for in a dehumidifier
You may feel embarrassed the first time you buy a dehumidifier. There are a lot of technical terms and numbers around. Basically, marketing is all about advertising certain products to you. However, there are only three things you need to know to make a purchase that you will not regret.
There are three types of humidifiers: compressor, desiccant and thermoelectric. Although desiccant and thermal electricity have a purpose, they are often very slow and unsuitable for most homes. You will be happiest with the compressor type. Fortunately, this is the most commonly sold type.
There are three main sizes of commercial dehumidifiers: 30 pints, 50 pints, and 70 pints. The whole picture shows how much moisture it is designed to draw from the air in a day – it has nothing to do with physical dimensions or tank capacity.
Some guides will tell you that a 30-pin humidifier is suitable for smaller rooms, a 50-pin humidifier for larger rooms, and a 70-pin humidifier for larger rooms. While this in itself is not bad advice, we disagree with it.
Regardless of the square material of your home, you should always buy the largest size dehumidifier you can afford. The basics for this are simple:
- Larger dehumidifiers draw moisture faster than smaller dehumidifiers.
- Because larger dehumidifiers are faster, you’ll experience relief in hours, not days. This increases comfort.
- Because larger dehumidifiers are faster, they do not need to operate as long or as often as smaller dehumidifiers. This saves energy.
- Larger units have a longer service life. Because they are less frequent, they wear less over time.
- Because larger dehumidifiers run less frequently, they add less heat to the environment. This will keep you cool.
Overall, the upfront cost of a 70-pound dryer is minimal compared to long-term savings and increased convenience. But if your budget is tight and you can’t afford 70 pints, 50 pints or 30 pints is still better than not at all.
For peace of mind, you always get one that is at least Energy Star rated. Here are a few baselines for energy consumption:
- The 70-pint dryer consumes 700 to 750 watts.
- The 50-pint dryer consumes 500 to 550 watts.
- The 30-pound dryer consumes 400 to 450 watts.
Note that dehumidifiers consume different amounts of energy depending on how much moisture is in the air. Lots of moisture? It means less energy used. Not much moisture? You have to work to falsify what is in the air; thus more energy is used.
Other characteristics to be considered
Today, an air dryer without a built-in humidity meter is simply not worth buying. The humidity meter is not only useful for monitoring the humidity in the home, but also most models with a humidity meter have an automatic closing feature when a certain humidity level is reached. This can further improve energy efficiency.
The volume of the tank determines how often the unit must be emptied. At the same time, the drain adapter lets the water drain itself, so you don’t have to keep draining it by hand. In the case of drainage, the water can be pulled out by gravity or pushed out by a pump. Not all models have such drains.
And don’t forget the direction of the exhaust. The top exhaust allows you to place the unit directly against a wall or in a corner, while the rear exhaust allows you to direct the heated exhaust air in a specific direction. Neither is better. It just depends on which one you want.
Lastly, if you plan to move the unit frequently, make sure it has wheels.
As we have discussed, the right dryer depends on your home and local climate. However, there are some models we recommend. These units are suitable for most budgets and situations.
Vremi dehumidifier, also known as Moisture Maniac, includes some of the key safety features. The automatic closing mechanism prevents flooding, while the automatic defrosting prevents the coils from freezing. Importantly, there is also a memory feature that allows the machine to pick up where it left off in the event of a power outage.
The device is available in three sizes; 22 pints, 35 pints and 50 pints. While this doesn’t quite fit the standard configurations listed above, there is a reason for it; size. This Vremi model is compact but still able to achieve good performance. It neatly balances size with properties, and the only compromise is the amount of moisture removed per day.
Frigidaire is one of the most significant brands in this region. So, it is not surprising that Frigidaire FAD504DWD air dryer is one of the most popular models today. This 50-pin machine is capable of continuous operation as long as it is attached to a suitable drain. The FAD504DWD is also Energy Star rated for energy efficiency.
Here you will find the company’s SpaceWise model, which provides handles for transporting the machine. It is important that the unit is also on wheels for easy movement. There is a built-in electronic controller to simplify installation and a six-foot power cord. There is even an antibacterial filter to remove contaminants from the air as well.
Like the Vremi model found above, hOmeLabs dehumidifier is available in 22 pint, 35 pint and 50 pint editions. The 50-inch unit has a 1.8-liter water tank, making it an excellent choice for particularly hot or humid spaces. Unlike other home electronics of this type, the hOmeLabs dehumidifier is designed to look good in your home.
However, it does not overlook useful features such as handles and wheels to achieve this. Plus, the fan is designed to be quiet so it won’t bother you when it’s in either. The electronic controls allow you to set the unit to run continuously until the tank is full, at which point it will turn off automatically. You can even plug it down the drain for all day use.
The best dehumidifier for your home
While the prices of household dryers have dropped over the years, some of these units may seem more expensive than you thought. But if you live in a humid climate, have a basement or have poor ventilation, this is a home appliance that is definitely worth the cost.
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