Dehumidifiers are commonly used to prevent or treat mold and water damage. If your home’s humidity regularly is above 40-50% a dehumidifier would help keep your home more comfortable.
These devices are helpful in a number of ways. They can prevent mold and mildew in an area in your home that may not be well ventilated. Another common use is to help dry out your home after water damage has occurred. If you live in a particularly humid area, such as the Southeastern United States, it can make it easier to breathe.
What is a Dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier is a common home appliance that is used to reduce moisture in your home. By removing some of the moisture in the air, they prevent mold, rust, and mildew damage. They also help provide healthy and comfortable home by removing musty smells. Dehumidifiers often help in treating allergies and other respiratory problems.
How to Use Your Dehumidifier
To make sure that your dehumidifier operates at maximum efficiency, make sure you’re using it correctly.
How Your Dehumidifier Works
Your dehumidifier works by sucking in moist air, then condensing the water within the device. The water droplets get stored in a collection bucket within the dehumidifier.
Without proper cleaning, this water will just settle in the bucket. Standing water grows mildew and harmful bacteria. It’s easy for an improperly cared for dehumidifier to spread these harmful particles back into the air.
Dehumidifiers work very similarly to the air conditioning portion of home HVAC systems. The only difference is that the dehumidifier doesn’t expel the heat created by the condenser outside of your home.
When and Where to Use Your Dehumidifier
In most areas of the United States, outside air is significantly more or less humid than indoor air. Having outside air coming in will affect the moisture level in your home. Make sure to keep doors and windows closed as much as possible when running a dehumidifier.
It is also important to place your dehumidifier where it can be the most useful. Your basement and bathroom are most likely to have higher moisture levels. They are the best places to keep a dehumidifier in order to reduce excess moisture in the space.
Generally, you should set your dehumidifier to relative humidity levels of between 30 to 50 percent. At levels below 30 percent, the air may feel dry and above 50 percent, it may feel very wet. Both low and high humidity can also make it difficult to breathe, particularly if you already have breathing problems.
Cleaning your dehumidifier
A dehumidifier is one of the simplest and most convenient ways to keep your house free from moisture and mold. Just make sure that your model is properly cleaned and maintained for most efficient and cost effective operations.
Emptying the Water Collection Bucket
One of the most important maintenance tasks for a dehumidifier is emptying the water. Most current models will have an indicator light that shows when the dehumidifier is full.
To empty the dehumidifier, open the hatch leading to the collection bucket and detach it. Be careful not to spill any of the dirty water as you dump it down a sink or outside. Lastly, wipe the bucket clean with a damp cloth to prevent mildew.
Cleaning The Rest of the Dehumidifier Parts
For the most efficient performance, check the whole dehumidifier regularly. You can separate other pieces from the dehumidifier such as the air filter or exhaust grill, and check for any damage. If there are noticeable dust particles and debris, gently clean the components with a vacuum and a brush attachment.
What If My Humidity Is Still High?
Sometimes an area needs more than store-bought, portable dehumidifiers and Jenkins can help with that. We keep several industrial dehumidifiers in our workshop to help clients with moisture problems.