How to Set a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier is an electric device which is quite helpful in maintaining the level of humidity in the air. A dehumidifier is a bit like a vacuum cleaner as it sucks air from your room and takes the moisture out of it.
Dehumidifiers work in two ways, i.e., by refrigeration or by absorption/adsorption. Dehumidifiers are quite helpful in preventing the growth of mold and mildew, and it helps in protecting wallpaper, books and other delicate items from moisture damage.
Location, drainage, and proper maintenance are some of the factors that you need to consider while setting up your new machine. So in this article, we discuss some of the ways of setting a dehumidifier, so stay tuned, learn and enjoy.
The first that you need to do is choosing the right model. There are two main types of dehumidifier which are most common these days.
Both of them are quite effective and does the same job but in slightly different ways. The most popular type of dehumidifiers is portable kinds as they are affordable and compact. The best thing about the portable dehumidifiers is that it can easily be moved around.
Another type of dehumidifiers available in the market is the rod type of dehumidifiers. It an electric device that warms up the air in the safe to a small degree.
The best dehumidifier will always depend on how big the room is that you want to dehumidify and also on your personal preference.
Step 2: Choosing the right location and the right capacity for the dehumidifier
As we have discussed above, there are a couple of different models to choose from. So the next thing that you need to decide is the location where you want to use your machine.
So if you want to purchase a portable dehumidifier, you need to make sure that the room is not larger than what the machine can support.
And if we talk about Rod style dehumidifiers, they work best when they are placed on the floor as it allows the heat to rise and take the humidity out of the air.
Also in terms of room size, dehumidifiers are also categorized according to the level of moisture in a given room.
For example, suppose a 500 square foot room which smells musty and feels damp would require a 40-45 pint dehumidifier.
Step 3: Select your drainage method
Dehumidifiers work by collecting moisture from humid air. They collect this water in an internal drip tray or tank.
Some models available in the market also have a motorized pump. So if you have chosen a model with a motorized pump which connects a water hose to the drain pump hole, then you need to know some of the following points.
Firstly you need to place the hose in that manner that it rests in a sink and doesn't fall out of it. You should always use the water hose or tube that came with your machine.
Also keep the hose away from electrical appliances and cords to prevent electric shock. Also, you have to use the shortest hose possible as someone might trip over a long hose.
Step 4: Set your preferred humidity level
Firstly you need to use a hygrometer which measures the amount of humidity in the air. An ideal humidity level is around 45-50% RH.
More than this can start mold growth whereas going below 30% RH can cause housing structural damage such as cracked ceilings and many other issues.
Now plug the dehumidifier into a grounded outlet. You should not use an extension cord and in case if you don’t have, the proper plug then you should hire an electrician to install a grounded outlet.
You should always unplug the dehumidifier by pulling the cord at the plug also you should not allow the cord to become bent.
Step 5: Proper maintenance
After installation, you should always do regular maintenance of your dehumidifier. So for maintenance, you should need to know the following points.
a) Before cleaning or maintaining the dehumidifier, you should always turn off the machine for your safety.
b) For cleaning the water collection reservoir, you should remove the reservoir and wash it with warm water and a mild dish washing liquid. You should always this part of the dehumidifier regularly for good results.
c) You should always clean the coils of your machine in every few months to keep them free from dirt. As dust in the coil can affect the effectiveness of the machine and also can cause damage to the machine
d) You should always remove the air filter and inspect it for damage in every six months. Some dehumidifier manufacturers also recommend regular air filter checks depending on the use of the machine.