How To Get The Most From Your Dehumidifier




As per the old saying it's not heat that causes the heat. It's the humidity.

Inside, moisture may be a substantial trouble-- especially in basements, utility room, shower rooms, and also crawl spaces-- whenever there's a string of hot, rainy days.

You can tell if there are damp odors or condensations on windows. The dampness could result in mildew and mold to spread and grow over your ceilings and walls, and that dampness can make wood brittle.

A commercial air purification removes water from the air, storing the water inside an easily accessible tank. There are a few models that are equipped to do this.

Put Your Dehumidifier to Use

This expert advice comes from CR and Energy Star on how to make the most of your dehumidifier.

Adjust the humidity

The optimal relative humidity level is between 30 and 50 percent, as per Energy Star (and 30 to 40 percent in areas that are colder in the heat of the season). If humidity levels are greater than that, it may breed dust mites, mildew, and mold, which can cause allergies.

Choose the correct location

Allow enough space for air to freely flow into the dehumidifier. Most of the models we tested let air out of their tops. A few vents vent through the sides. In any case, they should have a free space all over the crawl space encapsulation. The owner's manual should contain specifics about your particular model.

It is important to periodically empty the tank.

The indicator will light up when the tank is filled and the dehumidifier will shut off. In the summer, empty the tank frequently to keep the dehumidifier working when you aren't home. Or you can connect a hose to one of the tested dehumidifiers to divert the water to an outlet nearby. Some dehumidifiers have a built-in pump that moves water horizontally or vertically through the hose before it is pumped into a sink or even outside (through the window in a basement like a window, for instance.).




Keep it neat and tidy

The filter filters the air that passes through the dehumidifier. If it is dirty, the efficiency of the dehumidifier is affected. Many models in our ratings come with an indicator light that will indicate when it's time to clean the filter. Follow the directions in the manual to clean and dry it. While you're at it, see the manual's advice on how to clean the grill. If the grill is dirty airflow is reduced.

There are many other methods to combat dampness

The best dehumidifiers won't make up for the problems that cause damp air to your home. Here are the moisture control checklists for possible sources of dampness both inside and out.

Make sure the exhaust fan is running.

If you're cooking, or just before you shower, turn on the range hood or exhaust fan to remove moisture from the area. Do you not have the fan? Make sure you open a window.

Tidy your clothes dryer ductwork

A clean duct lets the hot exhaust air to the outside. Cleaning the duct of lint maintains airflow, allowing your laundry to dry faster and also helps to prevent dryer fires.

Examine your foundation

Even the smallest cracks could be flooded with water. Repair cracks that are less than 1/4 inch wide by using silicone caulk and hydraulic cement. Talk to a structural engineer when you see larger cracks. They might be the sign of a structural issue.

Check the soil's grade

To stop water from pooling to prevent it from accumulating, the slope should be sloping away towards the foundation of your home. Don't overdo the water when you're watering your plants close to the foundation.

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