How To Get The Most From Your Dehumidifier
According to the old saying, it's not the heat that causes the heat. It's the humidity.
Inside your home, humidity could be a significant complication-- particularly in basements, laundry rooms, shower rooms, as well as crawl spaces-- whenever there's a string of hot, bad patches.
It is easy to detect if there is a damp odors or condensations on windows. Dampness can lead to mildew and mold growing across ceilings and walls. This could also weaken wood.
Set Your Dehumidifier to Work
This advice from experts comes from CR and Energy Star on how to make the most the dehumidifier you have.
Determine the humidity level
The optimal relative humidity level is between 30 and 50 percent, according to Energy Star (and 30 to 40 percent in colder regions during the heating season). If the humidity is greater than that, it can breed dust mites, mildew and mold, which can create allergies.
Choose the perfect spot
Make sure you leave enough room for air to freely move into and out of the dehumidifier. Most of the models in our ratings release air from the top, however some vent it out through the sides. They must be free of obstructions that surround the commercial air purification. Specific details for your model will be found in the owner's manual.
It is important to periodically empty the tank.
If the tank is filled, an indicator lights up and the dehumidifier is shut off. In the summer, empty the tank frequently to ensure that the dehumidifier is working even when you're not home. Or you can connect a hose with any of the dehumidifiers that have been tested to redirect the water towards a drain close by. Some dehumidifiers come with pumps that move water either horizontally or vertically through the hose towards a sink, or outside (through a basement windows, for instance).
Be sure to keep it tidy
The filter is responsible for cleaning the air that passes through the dehumidifier, and when it's dirty, the dehumidifier's performance suffers. A lot of the models we have reviewed come with an indicator light that will tell you when it is time to clean the filter. Clean and dry it frequently according to the instructions in your manual. You can also look up the manual on cleaning your grill. The flow of air slows down when the grill is dirty.
There are many other methods to deal with dampness
Even the most powerful dehumidifiers cannot make up for the problems that result in damp air inside your home. Here's your checklist for controlling moisture to identify potential sources within and outside your home:
Use the exhaust fan to run the
Turn on the exhaust fan or the range hood when cooking or just before taking showers to rid yourself of moisture. Can't find a fan? Open the window.
Well-maintained your clothing dryer duct
Clean ducts permit warm exhaust air from the duct to escape out. Clearing the duct of lint allows for better airflow. This will enable your laundry to dry faster and prevent dryer fires.
Check your foundation
The water can enter even the small cracks. Repair cracks that are less than 1/4 inch in width with silicone caulk or hydraulic cement. Consult a structural engineer if you see larger cracks. They could be a sign of structural issues.
Verify the soil's gradation
To prevent water pooling to prevent it from accumulating, the slope should be sloping away towards your home's foundation. Don't overdo the water when watering your plants close to the foundation.