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10/09/2015

Dehumidifier Buyers Guide

This month, we wanted to introduce you to some of the best dehumidifiers on the market. First, there are some things you should know about what to look for in your purchase. In our post on preventing mold growth, we mentioned that a dehumidifier is a great weapon at your disposal. Here is a quick primer on choosing a dehumidifier.

Types of Dehumidifiers

The most common types of dehumidifier are refrigerants and dessicants. Refrigerants have a fan and a compressor that directs air into a system of cooled coils. When the air touches the cold, the moisture in the hot air condensates and drips into a tray. Dessicants contain a substance that absorbs moisture, usually silica gel or crystals.

Measuring Capacity

Dehumidifiers are measured by the pints of moisture they can collect in a 24-hour period. For smaller rooms- kitchens, bathrooms, closets- a 30-pint dehumidifier is sufficient. Larger rooms need a 50-pint dehumidifier, and 70-pint to 100-pints are for basements, crawl spaces, and entire houses.

Drainage Options

Refrigerants have a removable water tray that you need to empty when it fills. Most dehumidifiers come with auto-shut off feature to avoid overflowing, and many have an indicator to let you know that the receptacle is full. Ideally, you want a continuous drainage option with a condensation pump. Make sure the model you choose has these features.

Additional Options

Dehumidifiers come with a variety of bells and whistles. Auto-defrost mode, timer, humidistat, LCD display panel, auto-restart, and electronic controls are a few examples. You may not need to have all of these features, but they can be useful.

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