Of all weather conditions, humidity has to be one of the most unpleasant and is something that can cause quite a bit of damage to your home as well as make you feel uncomfortable. Furnishings and clothing become musty smelling and sometimes moldy and it can also encourage pests in your home, like silverfish. More serious still is the fact that a damp, humid home can sometimes cause health problems particularly for the elderly and the very young.
If you find that your home is just too humid or damp, the best solution is to invest in a dehumidifier for the home. They are not hugely expensive and can help you keep the humidity levels to an appropriate level, which is about 30-50%.
A dehumidifier takes the water out of the air using a three step process:
1. A fan works to constantly draw air into the unit, ready to be dehumidified.
2. As the humid air passes through the unit it meets a set of cooled coils. Using condensation, these coils pull the moisture from the air. The moister drips down into a reservoir while the air continues through the dehumidifier.
3. The air now comes across a set of heated coils. The air heats back up again and is pushed back out of the room, newly dehumidified.
Many newer models have a humidistat, like a thermostat, but instead it allows you to set your desired level of humidity. This gives you even more control over your living environment and means you can find a comfortable level that works for you.
The most maintenance-heavy element of a dehumidifier is the reservoir, which is a bucket attached to the unit. As the air is filtered through and the humidity is filtered out, this bucket fills and has to be emptied. How often it needs to be emptied depends on the size of the reservoir and how humid the air is. On very humid or damp days you will need to empty it more than usual, however many models come with a hose, which means you can filter it down a drain, and some include pumps to make sure that the reservoir is regularly emptied if you’re not in the house for long periods of time.
If damp and humidity are becoming a problem in your home, a dehumidifier is well worth the money you’ll spend on it and can save you having to throw out moldy clothes and furniture that are difficult to clean once they’ve caught the dreaded damp.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 31 July, 2012