Decoding Dehumidifiers: What You Need To Know Before You Start Looking

Ready to do something about that cold, damp basement? A dehumidifier may be the solution to your home's moisture problems.

While seen most often in basement areas, portable dehumidifiers can actually be used in any room of the house. However, a whole-house installation provides dehumidification in every room of the house, which means you'll get even and comfortable humidity levels throughout the entire home. The concept behind them is simple: as moist air is drawn into the unit, it passes over coils that cool it and condense it into water. As the water drips into a collection tank or reservoir, the warmer, drier air is exhausted from the opposite side of the unit. The cycle continues, and moisture levels in the room are systematically reduced.

Sound easy enough? It is, but there are several things to keep in mind before making your purchase.

Assess the Situation
A dehumidifier's ability to remove moisture from the air is dependent on two things: the capacity to remove moisture from the room and the relative level of moisture in the space. Generally, a dehumidifier's capacity for removing moisture is indicated in pints: specifically, the number of pints of water it can remove from the air over a 24-hour period.  To determine the capacity that you'll need, find the square footage for the area you wish to dehumidify. Make a general assessment of how damp the room is.  Then, use a calculator (courtesy of ENERGY STAR) to determine what size dehumidifier is needed for the job.

Look for Automated Controls
The more you can automate, the better. Look for models with built-in controls to monitor and maintain moisture levels in your home. Whole-house systems provide the convenience of self-draining, which means you don't have to bother with emptying a collection tank. And an automatic shut-off valve is a must have.  These features can save you time and provide peace of mind.

Want more information?  The experts at Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating sell and service a variety of whole-house humidifiers.  Contact us today!

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