You know that sticky, damp feeling you get when the weather is humid? Moisture in the air from rain, fog and heat create that feeling. Too much moisture in your home not only causes discomfort, but it can also create a musty smell, lead to mold in damp areas and possibly even affect your electronic devices. A dehumidifier removes that excess water in the air, making your home comfortable.
How Does a Dehumidifier Work?
- A fan compressor at the back of the unit collects wet air from the area directly around the unit
- This wet air runs over a set of cooled coils where condensation starts to collect
- Collected moisture remains on the coils until it drips and collects in the reservoir bucket
- Air has now been reheated, and thus dried out. It is exhausted into the air through the back of the unit, helping to make the area feel less humid
Why Do I Need a Dehumidifier?
- Personal Comfort: When there is too much moisture in an area, the air can feel damp, sticky and just down right uncomfortable. Smooth hairstyles become frizzy and clothes are riddled with wrinkles.
- Mold: Mold problems in your home can lead to serious illness if these spores come in contact with your family members. There may also be undiagnosed allergies to mold, dust mites and fungus that can grow in damp areas.
- Musty Smell: No one wants to walk into a home that smells funny. Must is a lingering damp smell that can affect the whole house and bother the people who live there.
- Leaky/Dripping Pipes: Condensation that forms on pipes due to the humidity can cause dripping and mold in small spaces.
- Peeling Wallpaper: Too much moisture can cause wallpapered areas to suffer. Condensation that forms on the walls creates dampness. This can cause the glue to separate from the wall and render it no longer affective at holding the wallpaper to the wall.
- Warping Wood: Wood that is under the stress of too much moisture is more prone to warp. This can cause friction when opening wooden windows or cause wood doors to no longer shut.
- Paint Blistering: Along with peeling wallpaper, paint can blister and flake when condensation gathers on the walls.
- Electronic Safety: Cameras, iPods, tablets and other electronics can suffer from electrical damage if too much moisture is present. Not protecting these devices from moisture can make them unusable.
- Prevent Insect Infestations: Roaches, silverfish, spiders and other insects all love damp places. Keeping these areas that are prone to moisture dry, will help to prevent these unwanted house guests.
How Can a Dehumidifier Save Me Money?
If you have an air conditioner, then a dehumidifier may not be necessary to remove moisture. However, AC units consumer over 300 KWH per month, almost twice as much when you compare them to the 160 KWH per month that a dehumidifier uses. If you have both an air conditioner and a dehumidifier in your home, run the dehumidifier to remove excess moisture when it’s cool enough that AC is not needed.
Set the humidistat to a reasonable number, usually around 50%, and you will use less energy and get similar results. You can also maximize your dehumidifiers’ efficiency by not using it all day long and placing it in open areas where dirt and dust will not clog the machine.
Another way dehumidifiers can save money and resources is by using the “grey water” for watering your houseplants. This “grey water” is what is leftover in the bucket once the humidifier runs. While it is not suitable for human or animal consumption, it is less salty than tap water, which makes it great for watering flowers and plants.
Purchasing a dehumidifier will help to control excessive moisture in your home during humid months and help prevent other potential problems excessive home moisture can cause.