A dehumidifier can be the most helpful, money-saving home appliance a homeowner will purchase. By reducing the levels of humidity in the air, you save your home from mold damage, dust mites, and a host of other problems, including health issues.
Many people who suffer from respiratory problems attribute them to mold when the home contains too much moisture in the air. By purchasing an efficient dehumidifier, you reduce your risk of mold-borne illnesses such as asthma, allergic reactions, sinus infections, colds, and flu.
So, how do you go about finding the best dehumidifier for your needs?
First, buy the most powerful dehumidifier you can afford. If you purchase a small dehumidifier for a larger space, you will end up paying more for the electricity it will take to keep the system running constantly. A larger, more powerful unit will run less often and will work faster at removing the water from the air. The faster it works, the less time mold and mildew will have to form on the walls and other surfaces throughout your home. Even you do own a caravan instead of a house, you still need to install a RV dehumidifier in your caravan.
Basically, the size dehumidifier you choose will depend upon the size of your room and the level of humidity in the air.
Your next step in making your purchase decision – decide if you want to empty the reservoir, or have a hose connected to a drain and let it drain automatically.
A unit with a self-draining system will cost more, but to many, it is worth the extra cost. It depends on your preferences. If you choose to drain the dehumidifier yourself, it’s a simple process and doesn’t require much maintenance. Look for dehumidifiers with an indicator light that goes on when the reservoir bucket is full. When the light goes on, you simply pull out the reservoir and empty it before replacing it.
The dehumidifier will not operate while the reservoir is out, so you don’t have to worry about the unit leaking water. Replacing the reservoir is simple, just “click” it into place.
Another important point, check the dehumidifier for a sensor also called a hydrostat or humidistat. This allows the dehumidifier to sense when the air is too moist and turn itself on. In contrast, it will turn it off when it senses the air is normalized. Most dehumidifiers have this type of sensor already built into the unit, but be sure to check before you buy. This is an essential feature.
Most convenience features are already included in the dehumidifiers currently on the market. The best humidifier is going to be the one that fits your personal preferences.
If you suffer from allergies, make sure you buy a dehumidifier with a replaceable filter. The filter will remove any airborne allergens or pollutants.
If the unit will be used in a common area, such as your living room, a more quiet unit will better be suited for you. On the other hand, if noise is not a problem if you plan to use the dehumidifier in the basement or storeroom.
One final consideration is price. It is all related to preferences combined with the amount of money you want to spend. Add up all the factors and find the best dehumidifier for you, your family and your home.