A dehumidifier is a very helpful device when used to dispose of excessive moisture from the air. Such device becomes a necessity in homes with high humidity level that can cause asthma or allergies that would then lead to severe health issues. Selecting a dehumidifier could be tricky, especially when you don’t know what details to pay attention to. The following guide will help you make the right choice.
First factor to consider is capacity. The capacity is determined by the area where the device will be installed and the air conditions of that area and is measured by pints per 24 hours of device’s operation. For example, a dehumidifier with a capacity of 20 pints will be perfect for a wet room with the area of about 1000 square feet. To know the capacity of the most suitable device for your room use the online charts.
Next factor to consider is the water removal option. In order to provide proper dehumidifying features, a bucket with water should be replaced when it is full. To let you know that it is time to replace the bucket, a dehumidifier will use warning lights or other signal. You can also look for the device that allows connecting a hose and thus make the maintenance process easier.
Placement of a dehumidifier is what you need to be thinking about next. Most of the devices can placed near walls, but these are the dehumidifiers that are equipped with top-mounted air discharge. If the device that you have chosen has a different construction, ensure it is placed far from furniture and walls. In addition to that, you need to locate such dehumidifier away from dust sources and open windows.
Don’t forget about the operating temperature of the device. Most of the dehumidifiers that are offered at today’s stores operate at temperature levels that don’t fall below 65 Fahrenheit degrees. If you want to use the device in areas with low temperature, ensure that it offers such possibility. Otherwise, frost may appear in the device’s outlets. This could affect its operation and even lead to dehumidifier’s damage.
Energy usage should also be taken into account. You do not want your future dehumidifier to cost you the enormous amount of money. If the capacity of such device were selected according to the room’s area, you should not spend much money on your monthly energy bills. However, it is always nice to improve the operation quality, which can be done if you equip a dehumidifier with an automatic control panel. Before you do that, ensure that the panel is compatible with the device.
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