How to Buy the Right Dehumidifier for Your Home

Do you have a problem with excessive moisture in your home? Tried every trick in the book to keep humidity levels in check? If your answer is ‘yes’ to both of these questions, then it may be time to invest in a dehumidifier to improve air quality and make your home a healthy, happier and more comfortable place to live – minus the moisture, mould and mildew.

Damp air can be a real hassle in a home but many homeowners and landlords simply don’t know how dehumidifiers work and have little or no knowledge on which models are worth buying to tackle moisture head on. Check out our buyer’s guide to dehumidifiers and find out how they can help enhance your home life…

How do Dehumidifiers Work?

Essentially dehumidifiers draw any excess moisture from the air to reduce issues that go hand-in-hand with high humidity levels and poor ventilation, such as condensation, mould and damp. Most dehumidifiers are compressor-driven and use a fan to draw air in, wring out any moisture and expel cool and dry air. These compressor-driven dehumidifiers require regular emptying, whilst the desiccant dehumidifiers contain a material that absorbs the water and stores it in a water tank.

Is it Time to Buy a Dehumidifier?

Dehumidifiers are a vital step in maintaining a healthy home, protecting your property from excessive moisture and stamping out damp for good! Excessive moisture can really cause some damage within the home and peeling paint or wallpaper, warped wood and musty smells are all created by high humidity levels. At the same time, humidity is created in every home with drying wet clothes and cooking being the main causes of household humidity.

Checking your humidity levels can tell you whether your home has excessive moisture or not, moisture that can only be dealt with and reduced using a dehumidifier. A humidity sensor can be used to indicate these levels, during summer humidity levels should be between 35% and 45%, whilst in winter, humidity inside the home should be no more than 25%. If your humidity levels are above this then, it is time to invest in a dehumidifier.

Features to Look For When Choosing a Dehumidifier

There are a number of features that can mean the difference between buying a good quality dehumidifier and buying a poor product that doesn’t do the job as it should. Look out for dehumidifiers that have an air filter, this vital component traps and clears dust from the damp air that is drawn in and recirculates cleaner air.

One of the main problems of owning a dehumidifier is that it may require regular emptying, some models however offer continuous drainage so emptying doesn’t have to be a burden. Instead this model allows you to affix a hose, which flushes away collected water automatically. Frost watch is also an important feature to look for when purchasing the right dehumidifier for your humid home, especially with the cooler months fast approaching. Frost watch stops the water collected by the dehumidifier from freezing.

Martin Davies is a part of the AWC team, a company that specialises in providing the latest innovations in dehumidifying, humidifying and purifying for air quality improvement in both homes and offices.

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