Other than the main perk of lowering your humidity, there are several other ways you could benefit from using an air dehumidifier. Read on to learn how portable dehumidifiers work and how to choose one for your space with this helpful information from Ace Hardware.
How Do Home Dehumidifiers Work?
Most home dehumidifiers use a refrigeration system to lower humidity levels and condense excess moisture from the air. Moisture is drawn into the dehumidifier through the force of an internal fan and compressor, then stored in its reservoir. The collected moisture will remain in the reservoir until you empty it unless the unit has been installed direct-to-drain.
Some models also have added features to provide superior comfort. Some dehumidifier features in our collection include:
- Adjustable humidistats
- Automatic defrost control
- Automatic shut-off and restart
- Electronic control pads
- Comfort options that self-regulate humidity based on room temperature
- Water-level windows to monitor the bucket
- Direct-to-drain installation compatibility
- Integrated handles for easy transport
Air Dehumidifier Types and Sizes
A home dehumidifier's size is measured by its overall capacity to remove moisture. Consider the size of space where you plan to use the dehumidifier when selecting the right type for your needs. After multiplying the room's length by its width, you can shop for a dehumidifier that fits your square footage requirements.
For example, a mini dehumidifier with a capacity of 300 to 500 square feet may be an ideal solution for smaller rooms or even studio apartments. On the other hand, a dehumidifier with a capacity ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet may better suit a larger area like a basement or crawl space where excess humidity may be more problematic.
Benefits of a Room Dehumidifier
If moisture is a problem in your home, a dehumidifier can help guard against a variety of risks. An air dehumidifier also helps to promote a more comfortable atmosphere that's free of a muggy or clammy feeling. Since dry air feels cooler, a portable dehumidifier can help to supplement your air conditioning, too.
Here are just a few additional benefits of using a room dehumidifier:
Keeps Common Household Allergens at Bay
Allergens like dust mites, mildew and mold require a certain level of humidity to thrive. Keeping your humidity level below 60 percent can make your space less hospitable to allergy triggers like these and help you better manage your allergy symptoms.
Prevents the Growth of Mold and Mildew
Indoor areas that are most susceptible to mold and mildew growth include bathrooms, kitchens, basements and other spaces where damp conditions exist. Running a dehumidifier regularly in spaces like these could help to prevent a mold or mildew problem.
Maintains Structural Integrity
Excess moisture can lead to the risk of infrastructural damage. Failing to maintain a drier environment might lead to major problems such as buckling floorboards and rotting support beams.
Shop Air Dehumidifiers at Ace
Whether you need a dehumidifier for the basement, a small dehumidifier for the kitchen or a model to support your entire home, Ace Hardware has you covered. Browse our large selection of air dehumidifiers today. Then, explore other air quality products in our inventory, including air filters, air purifiers and dehumidifier accessories, to help improve your home.