Dehumidifiers are appliances that reduce the amount of humidity within the house, effectively preventing the problems associated with high humidity from occurring. A dehumidifier will help dry out the air in the home, office or car by extracting the excess moisture from the air.
The Dehumidifiers are necessary because a lot of humidity in your home not only encourages the growth of mold and mildew and increased dust mite population in the home, it also poses a health risk to humans, especially those who suffer from allergies and respiratory problems presenting symptoms such as stuffy nose, blocked airways and itchy skin. The mold and mildew can worsen respiratory conditions such as asthma. High humidity, common during hot summers and in areas close to water bodies, also makes the atmosphere feel stuffy and hotter thus making hot weather unbearable because one feels sticky and uncomfortable. It can cause furniture degradation, especially wooden furniture which may start rotting and can even weaken the structure of the house over time.
Air conditioners act as Dehumidifiers since their operation is basically similar to that of a conventional dehumidifier creating a warm, less humid atmosphere.
How to choose a dehumidifier
There are a number of factors that one has to consider before settling on a specific dehumidifier for their home. Although older Dehumidifiers were bulky, there are now various types to choose from available in a variety of sizes and capacity. The size of the dehumidifier determines how much moisture is extracted from the air in a given period of time; hence a larger one will dehumidify the air in a much shorter time than a smaller one. Mini Dehumidifiers can be thermo-electric or rechargeable and are more suitable for smaller households, but will not be adequate for larger areas. Some have rolling casters that make them portable. This feature is especially important for the bigger Dehumidifiers. There is also always an option to rent dehumidifier.
The choice of a dehumidifier should be based on the size of the home or room as well as the maintenance requirements. Some are more efficient than others while others may need more maintenance. Most Dehumidifiers have a bucket that collects the extra moisture from the air. This bucket should be emptied out regularly depending on its size to avoid spillage of water otherwise the appliance may shut down and even be damaged. Others have a drain hose connection that will make the bucket unnecessary. A lot of Dehumidifiers also have air filters that can be washed and reused.
It is also important to check the level of humidity in the home before setting out to get a dehumidifier as this will determine the type of device needed. If the room has high levels of humidity, you will need a bigger more efficient dehumidifier.
Another big determiner of the type of Dehumidifiers to buy is the budget. Depending on the size and brand some will be more expensive than others. If the cost of buying a dehumidifier is prohibitive you may consider hiring one, especially for bigger or commercial buildings. The companies hiring out Dehumidifiers will probably also take care of its maintenance thus saving you from the cost and hustle of ensuring it is in top shape.