Choosing A Dehumidifier
How To Choose The Best Dehumidifier For Your Needs
When choosing a dehumidifier for the first time, it can be hard to know where to begin. Wading through a seemingly endless sea of products can be somewhat overwhelming, especially if you aren’t quite sure what you are looking for in the first place.
Doing a bit of research on dehumidifiers and how they work can make choosing a dehumidifier a lot easier, and will help you select the one that is right for your purposes. Not all dehumidifiers are created equally, as you may have already suspected, so you need to know what you are buying. Making your selection based solely on price can be a mistake; you need to choose a unit with the right capacity for the size of your space.
First, you need to determine the size of the space that needs to be dehumidified. Do you want moisture control for a closet, a bathroom, a basement, or for an entire house? Each of these spaces is vastly different in size and will require a different type of dehumidifier to effectively remove moisture from the air.
For cabinets and closets, miniature units are ideal. A mini dehumidifier such as the Eva-Dry mini dehumidifier works great in small spaces such as closets, and does not need to be plugged in to do its job, which is great because you don’t need to worry about having an electrical outlet nearby. This dehumidifier contains silica crystals, which absorb moisture out of the air. When the crystals change color, plug the unit into an electrical outlet to dry it out, then it is ready once again.
For entire rooms, a larger unit would be required. Most portable dehumidifiers can handle the task of moisture control in spaces up to 1000 square feet, so it is best to measure the room before choosing a dehumidifier, and then match the unit to the size of the room.
Most smaller capacity dehumidifiers have a collection cup that needs to be emptied frequently as the moisture from the air is converted back into liquid. When you first run the dehumidifier, check the cup often to prevent it from overflowing. Some units have larger collection cups than others, so when comparing the products, that may be an important feature to keep in mind.
Many dehumidifiers also have the option of being connected to a permanent drain, which eliminates the need to constantly empty the cup. This can be a desirable feature to have in a unit that is going to be placed in a basement or crawl space where it may not be attended to very often.
In choosing a dehumidifier for an entire house, you have a couple of options to consider. Do you want a portable unit, or do you want one that can be permanently installed into the ductwork of your central air conditioning system? If you have central air, you can add a dehumidifier to the existing ductwork, and it will assist the air conditioning system with climate control for the entire house.
To read more about related subjects and to read individual dehumidifier product reviews, please follow these links:
How Does A Dehumidifier Work?
Why Do You Need A Bathroom Dehumidifier?
What Is The Right Dehumidifier Size For Your Room?
Energy Efficient Dehumidifiers
All About Low Temperature Dehumidifiers
Whole House Dehumidifiers