Dehumidifiers

It is no fun living in an area with high humidity. Here in Kansas City, as I write this article, it’s ninety percent humidity. When you walk outside you almost feel like you’re swimming, the air so thick with humidity. While this is not a pleasurable experience it can be even worse when this extreme humidity is found within your home.

The ideal humidity levels for our homes is between thirty to fifty percent. If you fall below that thirty percent level then you risk developing a rash, having dry/cracking skin, or even be more susceptible to illnesses such as the Flu or common colds. On the other end of the spectrum, if your home is above that fifty percent humidity then your home becomes a prime environment for mildew, dust, fungus, and mold.

If the humidity gets bad enough, you can actually begin to see black mold begin to grow on your floors, walls, curtains, and even on your bedspread or clothes. Having these allergens thrive within your home is not safe or sanitary. If left unchecked you, or someone in your family, could develop allergies. This can get especially bad if they suffer from asthma.

Adding a dehumidifier to your home will allow you to get your humidity levels in check and prevent these allergens from taking root. But, if you’re simply looking to get rid of a damp or mildew like smell from your basement then dehumidifiers can help with that as well.

Whatever your reason for looking at dehumidifiers the next question is what kind should you get? There are dozens of choices out there today and it can be a little confusing. In this article we’re going to take an in-depth look at the Keystone KSTAD50B fifty pint dehumidifier.

Product Features

Before we get into the Pros and Cons of this dehumidifier I first like to take some time and do a review of the various product features of the appliance. This lets us become familiar with what you will find if you decide to purchase this appliance.

First things first though, before we get into all of the bells and whistles we need to determine if this is the right sized dehumidifier for you. You see, if you purchase a dehumidifier that is too small for the room you are working in then you will never reach your desired setting and your dehumidifier will constantly be running causing you to experience high energy bills.

The good news is that the Keystone KSTAD50B comes in at the fifty pint size. This is one of the larger sized dehumidifiers out on the market today. (There are seventy pint models from some other brand names.) A fifty pint model will work in a room, basement, or home with a size of up to three-thousand square feet.  This size should be more then enough to suit your needs. The only case I can make here for NOT buying this unit when it comes to size is if you are only trying to dehumidify a small room in your basement. You may be going a bit overboard here with this model. The larger model though isn’t going to hurt anything though, it’ll just end up costing you more.

Now that we’ve got the sizing requirement out of the way let’s look at the controls. The product comes with an LED display that shows you the humidity level and allows you to set your desired humidity setting. (Remember, just like what we said earlier, between thirty to fifty percent is ideal.) Along with the humidity setting you are also able to set a twenty-four hour timer that allows you to schedule a start or shut-down time for your appliance. The fan comes with two settings: normal and turbo.  In case you experience a power loss the Keystone product comes with an auto-restart feature. So, right when the power comes back on so does your dehumidifier. The filter for this product is located at the top of the unit and is easily pulled out and cleaned.

There is one feature on here that you don’t normally find on other dehumidifiers. This is the auto-defrost function. You see, dehumidifiers are actually just very small air conditioners. They have the same components and more or less work the same way as well. They even contain refrigerant just like your air conditioner does. The only difference here is that the dehumidifier has a warming element before the air is pushed back out into your home.

Just like with air conditioners your dehumidifier can accumulate ice around the evaporator. This ice can grow and eventually freeze your entire unit. This is where the auto-defrost feature comes in handy. If ice begins to accumulate then the function will kick in, melt the ice, and then continue on like normal.

Every dehumidifier comes with a water bucket. After all, the water it is removing from the air has to go somewhere, right? This bucket will have to be emptied periodically. The good news here is that there is a visible indicator on the outside of the bucket. You can glance at this to tell right away how much water is in there. (The water bucket is located at the front of the machine in the bottom section.) Emptying the water tank is relatively easy. You just slide out the drawer and grab the handle from the top. Then empty the water and slide it back in. If you forget to empty this water bucket then the machine will sense that it is full and will shut down until the bucket is clear of water.

If you are not a fan of having to constantly empty the water bucket then you can also attach a garden hose to the dehumidifier. If you route this hose to a drain then you can have a constantly running dehumidifier with no need to worry about emptying the water tank. Just remember that this only works with gravity. If you have the dehumidifier on the ground and route a garden hose to a sink above the dehumidifier then the water will not flow.

The last feature I want to make before moving on is the overall portability. This product comes with four casters or rollers that allows you to easily push or pull the appliance to the desired area. If you do need to pick up the product it only weighs thirty-six pounds and won’t be too bad to move around. (Just be sure to empty the water tray if you attempt to pick it up!)

Pros

As I usually do when I write reviews I covered a lot of the Pros already in the Product Features section. These are your digital read outs, your drainage hose compatibility, ease of portability, and other features. That being said, there are still two Pros that I want to bring up to you now.

The first is that these dehumidifiers come with a one year warranty from Keystone. You are protected here if your appliance breaks down. So, if you are one of the unlucky ones to experience a product failure you will be covered to get a new product. The price point on this unit is quite lower then the other products that I have reviewed. This could be that it comes from the Keystone manufacturing company and the others I have looked at were from more ‘famous’ companies such as Frigidaire and hOme Labs. Either way you look at it though, this is a aggressively priced system.

The next Pro worth mentioning is that all three products are Energy Star certified with the Environmental Protection Agency. The Energy Star program is designed to evaluate various appliances and determine if they meet the EPA’s efficiency standards. An Energy Star appliances is on average about fifteen percent more efficient then a competing machine. Along with the Energy Star rating you also get a one year full warranty from the Keystone manufacturer.

Cons

Every product, no matter who makes it, will have drawbacks. That’s just how it is. That being said, it was difficult to find specific cons on these products. Instead, nearly all of the complaints that I read through were towards the delivery of the product. Remember before how we stated that dehumidifiers are very similar to air conditioners and refrigerators? Well, just like with refrigerators you cannot turn or ship a dehumidifier upside down.

Just yesterday I was helping my father move a refrigerator and we were very careful not to tilt it too far. The reason for this is if the refrigerator or dehumidifier is upside down or tilted too far then the oil can drain out of the compressor. Without proper lubrication your compressor will fail and the compressor is by far one of the most important components of your air conditioner, refrigerator, or dehumidifier. Many folks have reported premature failures of their dehumidifiers… but this is most likely due to them turning on the product right away after it being upside down. If the product did arrive upside down then turn it right side up and then wait for quite a while, maybe even a day. Then, start your dehumidifier up and you shouldn’t have any issues.

It also may be best practice to wait a day or two before turning on your new dehumidifier. The product may come to your home right side up, but who is to know if it was like that earlier that day. Always better to be safe then sorry. The good news here though is that if your dehumidifier does end up not working after a few weeks or months Keystone offers a one year warranty. It’s good to know you’ll be protected here.

Another point worth mentioning is the cleanliness of the inside of your dehumidifier. I touched on this briefly but I’d like to bring it up again as this was another common complaint. A few consumers stated that they had mold growing on the inside components of their dehumidifier. Mold grows due to stagnant water. Normally this will not happen if the appliance is taken care of. That means having the filter cleaned regularly, have the water tank emptied in a timely manner, and a just overall cleaning. If you do start to notice a mildew smell or see signs of mold then you can do one of two things. You can take apart the dehumidifier and do your best to clean the unit. In most cases this works fine and you are up and running again. If the mold is extreme then you may need to scrap the appliance and purchase a new one.

This leads me to my next point. These dehumidifier models won’t last forever, nothing does. From what I have read these models tend to last anywhere from two to four years. After that the quality or the amount of humidity removed begins to go down. In some cases the machine no longer operates at all. Most consumers just opt for buying another model after theirs fails. This is up to you, just be aware that if you purchase you may end up doing again in another three or four years.

Conclusion

Well, that may have seemed like a whole lot of information at once, but I wanted to give you a complete picture of what this dehumidifier can do and what you can expect before you purchase. If you are interested in purchasing this unit then please click here to be taken to our Amazon.com partner where you can have the product shipped right to your door. Speaking of Amazon, this product has nearly two-thousand reviews on their website with an average rating of four out of five stars.

Lastly, if you find that you have more questions or think you may need a different dehumidifier please visit our dehumidifiers buyer’s guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Having a high humidity level in your home can cause a lot of problems. The best humidity range for homes is between thirty to fifty percent. If the number is any lower then you can run into a host of issues such as rashes, dry and breaking skin, and even increased illnesses. On the other hand, if your humidity levels are too high then you can have a whole other series of problems.

Homes with high humidity levels are prime breeding grounds for mildew, dust, fungi, and mold. Yes, if the humidity levels are too high in your home you can begin to see mold growing on your walls, floors, curtains, and even on your clothes or bed spread. Along with all of that these mold and fungus spores can wreak havoc on allergies. My father for example suffers from rather severe asthma and has to have the humidity in his home tightly controlled to prevent any flare ups.

But hey, maybe you aren’t even looking to use a dehumidifier to get rid of allergens but instead to dry out your basement. One of the most frustrating things is having a completely finished basement only to have that musty damp smell linger throughout the room. Adding a dehumidifier to your basement will remove that excess humidity and will eventually remove that smell.

The question though is what kind of dehumidifier should you get? There are a lot of choices out there on the market place and it can be a bit overwhelming on which one to purchase. In this article we are going to take an in-depth look at three Frigidaire dehumidifier models. These are the FFAD3033R1, FFAD5033R1, & FFAD7033R1. While we have three different models here the only real difference that you are going to see is the capacity or size of the unit. These three dehumidifiers come as a thirty pint, a fifty pint, and a seventy pint but besides that are exactly the same.

Without further delay, let’s dive into this product review and see if this is the right dehumidifier for you.

Frigidaire

Now before I ever buy any product, especially an expensive one, I always like to take the time and research the company and the brand behind the product. After all folks, a company’s brand name is paramount to a company’s success. If you have a recognizable and reputable brand name then people will know your product. They will know what to expect. Look at cars, as an example. You know what to expect if you buy a Lexus. You expect a premium car that is top quality. The brand name tells you that. The very same principle can be applied to dehumidifiers. Yes, I know it’s not as exciting as a new Lexus, but it is still worth it to do our research and understand the name and the company behind the product we’re looking at.

Frigidaire FFAD3033R1, FFAD5033R1, & FFAD7033R1 Dehumidifer
Frigidaire FFAD3033R1, FFAD5033R1, & FFAD7033R1 Dehumidifer

The Frigidaire company is one of the oldest refrigerant and air conditioning companies out there. In fact, I bet most of you have already heard of this company name. Chances are if you go into your kitchen right now that you’re going to find an appliance from Frigidaire. I don’t care if it’s a dishwasher, a microwave, an oven, or even your refrigerator. Speaking of refrigerators, did you know that Frigidaire was one of the very first companies to invent, patent, and began selling refrigerators? All the way back in 1916 Frigidaire was around and they were selling refrigerators. Over one-hundred years ago.

Since that date so long ago Frigidaire has grown and prospered. Over the years they have innovated, developed, and invented all new applications. With a century of experience behind them I would say that they are a great candidate to purchase a dehumidifier from. They have the knowledge, the development, and one of the most recognizable brand names within the industry. Along with all of that they have a variety of dehumidifier  products to choose from. If you find that this unit is not the right fit for you then I highly encourage you to visit Frigidaire’s online Amazon.com store so that you can find and select the perfect product for your needs.

Product Features

Now that we’ve learned a bit about the company behind these products let’s take a look at some of the various product features that can be found on these dehumidifiers. Once we’re through our product features we’ll move on to the Pros and Cons section.

Sizing

As you have already read there are three different sizes in this product review. For someone who isn’t used to purchasing a dehumidifier it can be a bit tough to gauge exactly what sized unit that you need for your home. The good news is that there is a method when choosing a dehumidifier. Below I will give you the quick summary on how to determine the right size but if you want a more in-depth read feel free to check out our dehumidifier sizing guide by clicking here.

    • FFAD3033R1 – This is the thirty pint model. In other words, it can remove up to thirty pints of water within a twenty-four hour period. This is the smallest size and while it will work for a moderately damp basement you will get better results if you move to the fifty pint. (If your basement is a thousand square feet or under you can get away with the thirty pint without an issue.)
    • FFAD5033R1 – This is the fifty pint model. In most cases this is going to cover your needs. Even if you have some moisture beading on your walls. This will dehumidify up to fifteen-hundred square feet as long as you don’t have actual standing water in your home.
    • FFAD7033R1 – This is the seventy pint model. This is the biggest size of this model range and will be more then big enough to handle a two-thousand square feet area with standing water. Most folks recommend going a size larger then what you need when it comes to dehumidifiers. Your machine won’t work as hard and will last longer.

    Ok, so now that we’ve got sizing understood let’s take a look at the various other features that these products have.

Features

A lot of folks may not know this, but dehumidifiers are basically small air conditioners. You see an air conditioner actually removes humidity from the air as well. This is why your central air conditioner’s evaporator (The part above your furnace.) will drain water through a hose to your basement floor. This is the removed humidity. This is also why your basement can sometimes floor if this drainage pipe is clogged. The only main difference between an air conditioner and a dehumidifier is that the dehumidifier actually warms the air back up before it expels. All of the same parts are there though including refrigerant. These Frigidaire models use the HFC refrigerant known as R-410A. While this refrigerant has a higher global warming potential then we would like it is widely used and will be around for quite some time.

Alright so we’ve understood the sizing and how the dehumidifier works now let’s take a look at the controls and display of the unit. All three of these units comes with a digital humidity display. You are able to adjust the desired humidity by simply pressing up or down on the arrows beneath the display. Remember, just like what we said earlier, that between thirty to fifty percent is the optimal humidity levels for our homes.FFAD3033R1, FFAD5033R1, & FFAD7033R1 Dehumidifier

Continuing with the control panel, you are also able to set the fan speed between low, medium, and high. These models also come with a twenty-four hour on/off timer. This allows you to set the timer option so that the unit will turn on/off at your leisure. You also have an indicator light when the water tank is full and when the filter needs cleaned. If the water tank does become full then the dehumidifier will automatically switch off to prevent an overflow of the water container. There is a gauge on the front of the dehumidifier that shows you where the water level is as well.

Speaking of water tanks, this dehumidifier comes with a thirteen pint water tank. The water tank is found in the front of the machine and can be easily pulled out. It also comes with a handle and a splash guard to make emptying the water a simple and clean process. If you’re still not a fan of having to remember to empty the water tank then you could also purchase a hose attachment that will allow you to drain the water and run the system constantly. Just remember that when doing this you will need to use gravity to your advantage. This won’t work if you have the hose feeding upwards to a sink, but perhaps you could put the dehumidifier on the counter next to the sink and feed the hose in that way.

This dehumidifier comes with an anti-bacterial mesh filter that is located at the back of the machine towards the bottom. Remember not to ‘wash’ these filters with water. If you do then you risk damaging the anti-bacterial coating. It is best to shake out or to take a vacuum hose attachment to it. This filter is located at the bottom of the machine and can slide right out. It is best practice to clean the filter and the entire machine regularly to prevent any water or mildew from building up from within the machine. If uncleaned there is risk of mold growing within the appliance.

Each one of these dehumidifier models comes with a noise level of around fifty-two decibels. That is a bit louder then your standard refrigerator running in your home. Another comparison would be that to the volume of a quieter conversation. In other words, the dehumidifier isn’t going to be so loud you can’t hear anything… but there is going to be a noise level attached to it. Unfortunately, this noise isn’t isolated to just these types of dehumidifiers. It is common across all sorts of models. If noise is a huge concern then you may want to invest in a central dehumidifier and have it operate within your utility room.

These dehumidifiers are easy to transport. The largest model, the seventy pint, only comes in at about forty pounds. You also get caster wheels and a handle at the top of the unit. There shouldn’t be any problems when it comes to moving this unit around your home.

Pros

As I usually do when I write reviews I covered a lot of the Pros already in the Product Features section. These are your digital read outs, your drainage hose compatibility, ease of portability, and other features. That being said, there are still two Pros that I want to bring up to you now.

The first is that these dehumidifiers come with a one year warranty from Frigidaire. As you read in our previous Frigidaire section, this is a great company that will stand by their product. You are protected here if your appliance breaks down. So, if you are one of the unlucky ones to experience a product failure you will be covered to get a new product.

The next Pro worth mentioning is that all three products are Energy Star certified with the Environmental Protection Agency. The Energy Star program is designed to evaluate various appliances and determine if they meet the EPA’s efficiency standards. An Energy Star appliances is on average about fifteen percent more efficient then a competing machine. Along with the Energy Star rating you also get a one year full warranty from the Frigidaire manufacturer.

Cons

There is one common complaint that I see across all dehumidifiers. It doesn’t matter what brand it is or what model it is. It all seems to be the same. Basically, we have some customers state that the dehumidifier doesn’t work right out of the box or that the unit prematurely failed after only a few weeks or months of use. This sounds pretty bad, right?

Well folks, there is a reason for this. To help illustrate my point, I’m going to go back to a few weekends ago when I was helping my father move to his new home. It was just the two of us doing the heavy lifting and he had a garage refrigerator we needed put on the trailer and then hauled back into the garage at the new home. The whole time we moved this refrigerator we were very careful not to tip it too far and to keep it standing up right.

Why did we do this? After all, it would have been easier to turn the fridge on it’s side and carry it that way. But if we were to tip the refrigerator, or worse lay it on it’s side, then the oil that is in the compressor will drain out and into another area of the refrigeration line. That means that your compressor is no longer getting lubricated and that means you are going to have a compressor failure very soon.

The same thing happens when turning your dehumidifier upside down. The catch here is that when you buy these machines online they may arrive at your home upside down. No need to worry though folks. Just turn it right back up and then WAIT for at least a day or two before you power it on. Having it right side up for a day allows the oil to drain back into the compressor. By taking the steps above you are able to avoid the problem of premature failure.

Ok, so now that we’ve got the big one out of the way let’s moves onto some of the actual faults of the product. The first is that this unit does not come with an auto-defrost system. What is that you may ask? Well, there is a chance that your unit can ice over near the condenser. (Remember, this is a small air conditioner.) If it does ice over your dehumidifier will no longer work until the ice is removed. Some dehumidifiers have a defrost function that automatically thaws the ice. With these models I would suggest turning the unit off and letting the ice melt. It may be a pain, but it fixes the problem. If the problem persists then I recommend a good cleaning… which leads me to my next point.

The cleanliness of the inside of your dehumidifier is very important. I touched on this briefly but I’d like to bring it up again as this was another common complaint. A few consumers stated that they had mold growing on the inside components of their dehumidifier. Mold grows due to stagnant water. Normally this will not happen if the appliance is taken care of. That means having the filter cleaned regularly, have the water tank emptied in a timely manner, and a just overall cleaning. If you do start to notice a mildew smell or see signs of mold then you can do one of two things. You can take apart the dehumidifier and do your best to clean the unit. In most cases this works fine and you are up and running again. If the mold is extreme then you may need to scrap the appliance and purchase a new one.

This leads me to my next point. These dehumidifier models won’t last forever, nothing does. From what I have read these models tend to last anywhere from two to four years. After that the quality or the amount of humidity removed begins to go down. In some cases the machine no longer operates at all. Most consumers just opt for buying another model after theirs fails. This is up to you, just be aware that if you purchase you may end up doing again in another three or four years.

Conclusion

Ok, folks. We made it through! We covered absolutely everything on this product that I could fathom. If you are still thirsty for more information please check out our ‘Important Links,’ section below for the official instruction manual, installation guide, and more. If you are interested in purchasing this unit then please click here to be taken to our Amazon.com partner where you can have the product shipped right to your door.

Lastly, if you find that you have more questions or think you may need a different dehumidifier please visit our dehumidifiers buyer’s guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Question

Before I answer your question let’s take a quick look at what benefits dehumidifiers can offer you. Adding a dehumidifier to your home can solve a lot of problems. Most folks end up using a dehumidifier to resolve a damp smelling basement. You could also see them used in rooms where humidity can collect such as a hall bathroom or a laundry room.

While they can remove humidity and water from a room, or your whole house, they also have another purpose. If you, or someone in your family, suffers from allergies then a dehumidifier may be the right solution for you. A home with high humidity can lead to all sorts of problems such as dust mites, mildew, fungus, and even mold to begin growing. In some extreme cases of high humidity mold begins to grow on the floor walls, curtains, and even on your clothes or bedspread.

Adding a dehumidifier can get your humidity levels back to the optimal level of between thirty to fifty percent. This will remove the environment for these allergens to grow and prosper. But, how does a dehumidifier work? Does it actually contain Freon?

Freon

There are a few different types of dehumidifiers out there, but by far the most common are the ones that contain Freon. So, yes, to answer your question dehumidifiers do contain Freon. But, what is Freon? Well folks the term Freon is actually a brand name of refrigerant. Think of it like how Coca-Cola is a brand name of soda. Many people call all soda under the brand name Coke. The same thing applies with Freon and refrigerant.

In fact the actual brand name of Freon isn’t used very much anymore in today’s world. Most of the Freon branded product from DuPont/Chemours has been phased out due to their Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP). Some Freon refrigerants are your R-12, R-22, and R-502. R-22 is the last to be phased out and will see total phase out by January 1st, 2020.

Now you may be wondering why your dehumidifier uses Freon/refrigerant. Well, that is because your dehumidifier is actually just a small air conditioner. Yes, that’s right. It works almost exactly the same as your central air conditioner. Have you ever noticed the hose from your central air conditioner that leads down to a drain in your basement? This hose drains the water when your air conditioner removes humidity from your home.

With dehumidifiers the same air conditioning cycle with refrigerant is performed. The only difference is that at the end of the cycle where the cold air is normally blown back into your home the air is instead warmed back up to room temperature by an additional heating element. So, you get the humidity removed from your home and then the air warmed back up so as not to cool your home.

The back and forth changing states of the refrigerant in your dehumidifier is what absorbs the humidity and converts it to water.

Conclusion

In conclusion, your dehumidifier does not contain Freon…but instead contains a different type of refrigerant. Most likely it contains an HFC refrigerant. In the models that I have looked at recently they all seem to contain the HFC refrigerant known as R-410A. (This is also known as Puron refrigerant.) This refrigerant is very common nowadays and can be found in most of your newer central air conditioners.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

There are many reasons to purchase a dehumidifier. It could be that you are looking to air out and remove that damp smell from your basement or laundry room. It could be that you are having trouble with condensation building up on your windows. Or, it could be that you, or someone in your family, are suffering from allergies or even asthma.

If parts of your home, or your entire home, have excess humidity a variety of things can happen. Firstly, you will notice it by the feeling of the room. The higher the humidity the more uncomfortable the room will be during the hot days of summer. It’s not just that though, a home with excess humidity can be a prime candidate for dust mites, mildew, fungi, and even mold. In some cases the mold can begin growing on the walls or your curtains. In extreme cases the mold could begin to grow on your bed sheets and even on your clothes. This mold, mildew, and dust can wreak havoc on allergies. They could result in itchy or water eyes, sneezing, coughing, or even a skin rash. If you are an asthma sufferer then things could get much worse.

Adding a dehumidifier to your home will not only increase the comfort level for your family but it will also make your home less hospitable for these allergens to grow. The question though is what to look for when purchasing a dehumidifier? There are a variety of sizes, considerations, and product features that should all be taken into consideration. In this article we’re going to take an in-depth look at the dehumidifiers that are manufactured under the brand hOmelabs. Are these the right ones for you? Let’s find out.

hOmeLabs

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a dehumidifier brand may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

Well folks, I looked and looked trying to find information about the company that makes this air conditioner. Here is what I did find. The product comes from a company named hOmeLabs. Their website can be found by clicking here. I was not able to find an about us, a Wikipedia page, or any historical information about the company.

Here is what I did find. They are an appliance company head quartered out of New York. It is a relatively small company of two-hundred people and it was founded only a few years ago in 2016. Their mission is to use the latest computer technology to make the most advanced appliances out there rather they be microwaves, toasters, humidifies, window units, and even crock pots. So, while there isn’t as much information or historical backing with this company they do have the plus of being an innovating and aggressive new company.

If you find that you aren’t comfortable with purchasing from a lesser known company then I would suggest going with a more commonly known name such as Frigidaire. I wrote a product review on Frigidaire’s dehumidifier just the other day. It can be found by clicking here. This all basically goes back to the tried and true or the start up. What are you more in favor of?

Product Features

In this section I like to go through the various product features that can be found on this hOmeLabs dehumidifier. This lets you know what you are getting into. Once we are through this we’ll then take a look at the Pros and Cons of the product.

Sizing

First things first though, before we start talking about the various features this product has we need to determine if this is the right dehumidifier for you. This product comes in three different sizes. We have the thirty pint, the fifty pint, and the seventy pint.

There is a method when choosing the right sized dehumidifier for your home, I’m going to give you the quick summary but if you want to read the full article feel free to click here.

    • HME020030N – This is the thirty pint model. In other words, it cane remove up to thirty pints of water within a twenty-four hour period. This is the smallest size and while it will work for a moderately damp basement you will get better results if you move to the fifty pint. (If your basement is a thousand square feet or under you can get away with the thirty pint without an issue.)
    • HME020006N – This is the fifty pint model. In most cases this is going to cover your needs. Even if you have some moisture beading on your walls. This will dehumidify up to fifteen-hundred square feet as long as you don’t have actual standing water in your home.
    • HME020031N – This is the seventy pint model. This is the biggest size of this model range and will be more then big enough to handle a two-thousand square feet area with standing water. Most folks recommend going a size larger then what you need when it comes to dehumidifiers. Your machine won’t work as hard and will last longer.

Ok, so now that we’ve got sizing understood let’s take a look at the various other features that these products have.

Features

Some of you may not know this but a dehumidifier is almost the exact same thing as an air conditioner. Yes, you have nearly all of the same components and even operating cycle that air conditioners or refrigerators have. You see your air conditioner functions as a dehumidifier a well. That is why your inside air conditioning unit has a hose leading to a drain. In my old house this was located in my basement. The hose was only about five or six feet and it came out of the evaporator towards the floor drain. This water that is being drained is the same water that will be filling up your dehumidifier. The only real difference between these two machines is that the dehumidifier has an extra heating element in the last step of the cycle. This is to prevent air conditioned air from flowing into your home. This is also why you may feel some heat coming from your dehumidifier. Just like air conditioners your dehumidifier uses refrigerant. While I couldn’t find the exact refrigerant used with this machine I can only assume that it is the standard HFC refrigerant R-410A. 410A is found in nearly every new central air conditioner here in the United States. It is very safe, non-toxic, and non-flammable.
hOmeLabs Dehumidfiers HME020030N, HME020006N, HME020031N

This dehumidifier comes with a digital readout that allows you to set the humidity to your desired level. All you have to do is press the left or right arrow buttons to tune your humidity. Remember that the best humidity for us is between thirty to fifty percent. If you go too low then you risk introducing dry skin and drying out your respiratory tract and if you go too high then your risk mold and mildew. Try to stay in between that thirty to fifty percent goal. When your dehumidifier does reach the desired humidity setting then it will shut-off. If the humidity in the room changes then your dehumidifier will kick back on.

Along with the humidity setting you can also see a variety of alerts and indicators when looking at the main display. You have your standard alerts such as clean filter, auto-defrost, and water tank is full. You are also able to adjust the fan setting from normal to ‘turbo’ mode or high. There is a twenty-four hour timer that allows you to control when you want the dehumidifier to operate. Lastly, there is a setting called ‘Continuous Mode.’ This is the default setting and when it is on you will not be able to adjust the humidity settings up and down. Continuous mode is basically your default  humidity setting, if you want to customize then you need to turn it off.

The water tank tray is located in the very front of the machine and can be easily pulled out. (Refer to screenshot.)  It also comes with a water level window that allows you to see where the current water level is at just a glance. This is a nice feature as you don’t have to keep pulling the water tray out and check the level. If the water tank becomes full then the dehumidifier will shut-off automatically until it is emptied. When this occurs you will see the indicator light up on your main dashboard.

If you don’t like having to empty the tray during operation you can also have continuous operation if you connect a hose to the unit and lead the water to a drain. This connection is located on the back of the machine just below the filter. hOmeLabs recommends using a simple garden hose with a threaded connection point. This would work best in basements as you can have it drain through the same place where your air conditioner goes through. Also note that this hose is gravity fed, so the water will not flow unless the drain is lower then the dehumidifier. (Your kitchen sink won’t work.)

Remember earlier how we said that dehumidifiers are in essence modified air conditioners? Well just like with air conditioners there is a risk that your dehumidifier can accumulate frost. I won’t get into why this is, but if you’re interested on the science behind this click here. The good news here is that these dehumidifiers from hOmeLabs come with an auto-defrost feature. If frost is detected on the machine then the compressor will shut off while the fan will keep blowing. This prevents any more refrigerant cycle and instead just blows warm air across the machine. After sometime the frost will melt and then normal functions can begin again.

The last two features that I want to mention before we get onto our Pros and Cons are the auto-restart function and the portability. The auto-restart function is just that. If your power goes out for whatever reason you don’t have to worry about the having to restart the dehumidifier when the power comes back on. My old house was like this with our air conditioner or furnace. If the power went out and then came back on I would have to remember to flip it back to cool or else my house would be an oven after only a few hours. Having this feature gives you peace of mind that there is one less thing you have to worry about when the power goes out.

Lastly, let’s look at the portability of this dehumidifier. The product comes with rollers or wheels for easy transport. It also comes with side handles so that you can easily pick it up and carry. The largest seventy pint model only weights forty pounds so it shouldn’t be too bad at all to move.

Pros

Most of the Pros we covered in our product features section but I do have a few things to discuss here as well. The first is that you get three different sizes to choose from with these hOmeLab models. This will allow you to save money by not buying the largest option available. That being said, a lot of folks recommend purchasing a larger size then you would normally need. This ensures that your humidity problem is taken care of and that your dehumidifier is not being overworked. With these three models I would say that the fifty pint model is the best choice. It gives you a happy medium between the two and will most likely handle the demands of your home. If you do have a very large home then you should look at the seventy pint.

hOmeLabs Dehumidfiers HME020030N, HME020006N, HME020031N
hOmeLabs Dehumidfiers HME020030N, HME020006N, HME020031N

The other big pro here is that hOmeLabs offers a two year warranty on their products. That is double what the competing Frigidaire model offers. On top of that hOmeLabs will actually stack on another six months to warranty if you take the time to register the product on their website. Lastly, many folks have stated that these dehumidifiers from hOmeLabs run much quieter then competing models. While I wasn’t able to find a specific decibel level for this machine the crowd doesn’t lie. Person after person raves about just how quiet this machine is.

Cons

Every product, no matter who makes it, will have drawbacks. That’s just how it is. That being said, it was difficult to find specific cons on these products. Instead, nearly all of the complaints that I read through were towards the delivery of the product. Remember before how we stated that dehumidifiers are very similar to air conditioners and refrigerators? Well, just like with refrigerators you cannot turn or ship a dehumidifier upside down.

Just a few days ago I was helping my father move a refrigerator and we were very careful not to tilt it too far. The reason for this is if the refrigerator or dehumidifier is upside down or tilted too far then the oil can drain out of the compressor. Without proper lubrication your compressor will fail and the compressor is by far one of the most important components of your air conditioner, refrigerator, or dehumidifier. Many folks have reported premature failures of their dehumidifiers… but this is most likely due to them turning on the product right away after it being upside down. If the product did arrive upside down then turn it right side up and then wait for quite a while, maybe even a day. Then, start your dehumidifier up and you shouldn’t have any issues.

It also may be best practice to wait a day or two before turning on your new dehumidifier. The product may come to your home right side up, but who is to know if it was like that earlier that day. Always better to be safe then sorry. In fact, even hOmeLabs instruction manual states this on the very front page:

To prevent any internal damage, it is very important to keep refrigeration units (like this one) upright throughout their journey. Please leave it standing upright and outside the box for 24 HOURS before plugging it in.” – Source

The good news here though is that if your dehumidifier does end up not working after a few weeks or months hOmeLabs offers a two year warranty. From what I have read from other users hOmeLabs has excellent customer service and is willing to work with you to solve any problems.

Cleaning

One of the main objectives of a dehumidifier is to lessen the possibility of mold growing within your home. But, what happens if the very thing that is supposed to be preventing the mold starts to grow mold itself? Well, this problem has happened to a lot of folks. Some may argue that this is a manufacturing defect and others would say that the consumers who had this problem didn’t take care of their dehumidifier in the first place.

A dehumidifier needs to be cleaned regularly. That means checking and cleaning the filter. The filter is located at the back of these machines as shown in our previous screenshot. Again, I couldn’t find this information to be one-hundred percent sure, but most of these dehumidifier filters come with what’s known as an anti-bacterial mesh. This mesh aims at preventing bacteria. If you attempt to clean the filter with water then you risk washing away this protective coating. Instead you should either try to shake it out or use a low powered vacuum with a hose attachment. This will clean the filter and still protect your coating. It’s not just the filter though that needs to be cleaned. Ensure that the machine itself is as clean as can be and if you began to suspect mold growing within it then take it apart and try to identify the culprit area. When dealing with water day in and day out there is always a chance that some could spill and get isolated within the machine only to stay there and become stagnant. This is a prime candidate for mold growth. This is why you need to stay vigilant and ensure the unit is as clean as it can be.

Conclusion

Ok, folks. We made it through! We covered absolutely everything on this product that I could fathom. If you are still thirsty for more information please check out our ‘Important Links,’ section below for the official instruction manual, installation guide, and more. If you are interested in purchasing this unit then please click here to be taken to our Amazon.com partner where you can have the product shipped right to your door.

Lastly, if you find that you have more questions or think you may need a different dehumidfier please visit our dehumidifiers buyer’s guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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There are a variety of reasons why you may be in the market for a dehumidifier. It could be that you are trying to get rid of that damp musty smell coming from your basement. Or, perhaps someone in your family is suffering from rather severe allergies and you are looking for a way to improve the air quality within your home. My father for example suffers from extreme asthma and having a dehumidifier in the home is just one of the things we can do to make him more comfortable.

Whatever your reason is it can be a bit overwhelming when you decide to purchase a dehumidifier. If you look online at the various e-commerce websites you will see dozens, if not hundreds, of different models, sizes, and options. How do you know which one is right for you? And, if you go into a big box store how do you know that you are getting a quality product?

In this article we are going to strive to answer those questions for you by taking an in-depth look at the Frigidaire dehumidifier models FAD301NWD, FAD504DWD , and FAD704DWD. Normally I do one review for each product but in this case these dehumidifiers are exactly the same. The only difference that you will see is the pint size. (I’ll get into that later.)

Frigidaire

Now before I ever buy any product, especially an expensive one, I always like to take the time and research the company and the brand behind the product. After all folks, a company’s brand name is paramount to a company’s success. If you have a recognizable and reputable brand name then people will know your product. They will know what to expect. Look at cars, as an example. You know what to expect if you buy a Lexus. You expect a premium car that is top quality. The brand name tells you that. The very same principle can be applied to dehumidifiers. Yes, I know it’s not as exciting as a new Lexus, but it is still worth it to do our research and understand the name and the company behind the product we’re looking at.

Frigidaire FAD301NWD Dehumidifier2
Frigidaire FAD301NWD Dehumidifier2

The Frigidaire company is one of the oldest refrigerant and air conditioning companies out there. In fact, I bet most of you have already heard of this company name. Chances are if you go into your kitchen right now that you’re going to find an appliance from Frigidaire. I don’t care if it’s a dishwasher, a microwave, an oven, or even your refrigerator. Speaking of refrigerators, did you know that Frigidaire was one of the very first companies to invent, patent, and began selling refrigerators? All the way back in 1916 Frigidaire was around and they were selling refrigerators. Over one-hundred years ago.

Since that date so long ago Frigidaire has grown and prospered. Over the years they have innovated, developed, and invented all new applications. With a century of experience behind them I would say that they are a great candidate to purchase a dehumidifier from. They have the knowledge, the development, and one of the most recognizable brand names within the industry. Along with all of that they have a variety of dehumidifier  products to choose from. If you find that this unit is not the right fit for you then I highly encourage you to visit Frigidaire’s online Amazon.com store so that you can find and select the perfect product for your needs.

Product Features

In this section I like to go through the various product features that can be found on this Frigidaire dehumidifier. This lets you know what you are getting into. Once we are through this we’ll then take a look at the Pros and Cons of the product.

Sizing

First things first though, before we start talking about the various features this product has we need to determine if this is the right dehumidifier for you. This product comes in three different sizes. We have the thirty pint, the fifty pint, and the seventy pint. There is a method when choosing the right sized dehumidifier for your home, I’m going to give you the quick summary but if you want to read the full article feel free to click here.

  • FAD301NWD – This is the thirty pint model. In other words, it cane remove up to thirty pints of water within a twenty-four hour period. This is the smallest size and while it will work for a moderately damp basement you will get better results if you move to the fifty pint. (If your basement is a thousand square feet or under you can get away with the thirty pint without an issue.)
  • FAD504DWD – This is the fifty pint model. In most cases this is going to cover your needs. Even if you have some moisture beading on your walls. This will dehumidify up to fifteen-hundred square feet as long as you don’t have actual standing water in your home.
  • FAD704DWD – This is the seventy pint model. This is the biggest size of this model range and will be more then big enough to handle a two-thousand square feet area with standing water. Most folks recommend going a size larger then what you need when it comes to dehumidifiers. Your machine won’t work as hard and will last longer.

Ok, so now that we’ve got sizing understood let’s take a look at the various other features that these products have.

Features

A lot of folks may not know this, but dehumidifiers are basically small air conditioners. You see an air conditioner actually removes humidity from the air as well. This is why your central air conditioner’s evaporator (The part above your furnace.) will drain water through a hose to your basement floor. This is the removed humidity. This is also why your basement can sometimes floor if this drainage pipe is clogged. The only main difference between an air conditioner and a dehumidifier is that the dehumidifier actually warms the air back up before it expels. All of the same parts are there though including refrigerant. These Frigidaire models use the HFC refrigerant known as R-410A. While this refrigerant has a higher global warming potential then we would like it is widely used and will be around for quite some time.

Frigidaire FAD301NWD Dehumidifier
Frigidaire FAD301NWD Dehumidifier

Ok, so now let’s take a look at the controls this Frigidaire dehumidifier offers. These units come with a digital display that allows you to set the desired humidity percentage within your home. (Remember that the perfect humidity for our homes is between thirty to fifty percent.) These units have a humidity range of between thirty-five to eighty-five percentage so you have more then enough flexibility to find that perfect setting for you and your family. You are also able to control the fan settings through this digital display. There are three settings of high, medium, and low. You are also able to set a timer. This timer will allow you to customize when your dehumidifier runs. This is a great feature if you want to be energy unconscious or want to have it turn off/on during the night.

Continuing on with the digital display you also get an indicator on when your filter needs cleaned and you get a full tank alert indicator that when your water tank has reached capacity. Speaking of water tanks, this unit can hold just over sixteen pints of water. The tray comes with a splash guard to minimize spills and can be easily pulled out from the front of the machine. If you don’t like having to empty the tray during operation you can also have continuous operation if you connect a hose to the unit and lead the water to a drain. This would work best in basements as you can have it drain through the same place where your air conditioner goes through. Also note that this hose is gravity fed, so the water will not flow unless the drain is lower then the dehumidifier. (Your kitchen sink won’t work.)

This dehumidifier comes with an anti-bacterial mesh filter. Remember not to ‘wash’ these filters with water. If you do then you risk damaging the anti-bacterial coating. It is best to shake out or to take a vacuum hose attachment to it. This filter is located at the bottom of the machine and can slide right out. It is best practice to clean the filter and the entire machine regularly to prevent any water or mildew from building up from within the machine. If uncleaned there is risk of mold growing within the appliance.

All three of these dehumidifier models come with a noise level right around fifty-three decibels. This is a little bit louder then a refrigerator running in your home or about the volume of a quiet conversation in your home. I won’t lie to you here, while the machine may not be loud… you are still going to notice the sound. Just be prepared for that before your purchase. This bothers some people and not others. Personally, I don’t hear very well so I doubt I wouldn’t even notice it.

Even the largest sized of these units, the seventy pint FAD704DWD, only comes in at forty-six pounds. The other two are under forty pounds. It’s a rather light machine but to make moving it easier for everyone Frigidaire has added rollers/wheels to the bottom for easier transport. Along with that there is also a top handle for an easy grip. There shouldn’t be any problem in moving this dehumidifier around.

The last point I want to make is that the smaller sized thirty pint model FAD301NWD is missing some of the features of it’s bigger brothers. With the thirty pint model you only get one fan speed and you do not get the digital humidity readout, instead you get mechanical controls. If it was me I would purchase the fifty pint as you get the extra features and just overall more capacity of water removed per day.

Pros

As I mentioned in the last section, the two fifty pint and seventy pint models are where it’s at. While yes, the thirty pint will get the job done, I would opt for the better controls and larger capacity. Regardless of what model you choose you can be safe in your buying decision. Throughout my research on this product I have found nothing but raving reviews. For example, on Amazon.com, there are over twelve-thousand reviews with an average rating of four out of five stars. With the features we mentioned above you are sure to get a quality dehumidifier to suit your needs.

All three products are Energy Star certified with the Environmental Protection Agency. The Energy Star program is designed to evaluate various appliances and determine if they meet the EPA’s efficiency standards. An Energy Star appliances is on average about fifteen percent more efficient then a competing machine. Along with the Energy Star rating you also get a one year full warranty from the Frigidaire manufacturer.

Cons

Every product, no matter who makes it, will have drawbacks. That’s just how it is. That being said, it was difficult to find specific cons on these products. Instead, nearly all of the complaints that I read through were towards the delivery of the product. Remember before how we stated that dehumidifiers are very similar to air conditioners and refrigerators? Well, just like with refrigerators you cannot turn or ship a dehumidifier upside down.

Just yesterday I was helping my father move a refrigerator and we were very careful not to tilt it too far. The reason for this is if the refrigerator or dehumidifier is upside down or tilted too far then the oil can drain out of the compressor. Without proper lubrication your compressor will fail and the compressor is by far one of the most important components of your air conditioner, refrigerator, or dehumidifier. Many folks have reported premature failures of their dehumidifiers… but this is most likely due to them turning on the product right away after it being upside down. If the product did arrive upside down then turn it right side up and then wait for quite a while, maybe even a day. Then, start your dehumidifier up and you shouldn’t have any issues.

It also may be best practice to wait a day or two before turning on your new dehumidifier. The product may come to your home right side up, but who is to know if it was like that earlier that day. Always better to be safe then sorry. The good news here though is that if your dehumidifier does end up not working after a few weeks or months Frigidaire offers a one year warranty. Through my research I had found cases where Frigidaire offered a complete replacement product. It’s good to know you’ll be protected here.

Another point worth mentioning is the cleanliness of the inside of your dehumidifier. I touched on this briefly but I’d like to bring it up again as this was another common complaint. A few consumers stated that they had mold growing on the inside components of their dehumidifier. Mold grows due to stagnant water. Normally this will not happen if the appliance is taken care of. That means having the filter cleaned regularly, have the water tank emptied in a timely manner, and a just overall cleaning. If you do start to notice a mildew smell or see signs of mold then you can do one of two things. You can take apart the dehumidifier and do your best to clean the unit. In most cases this works fine and you are up and running again. If the mold is extreme then you may need to scrap the appliance and purchase a new one.

This leads me to my next point. These dehumidifier models won’t last forever, nothing does. From what I have read these models tend to last anywhere from two to four years. After that the quality or the amount of humidity removed begins to go down. In some cases the machine no longer operates at all. Most consumers just opt for buying another model after theirs fails. This is up to you, just be aware that if you purchase you may end up doing again in another three or four years.

Conclusion

Ok, folks. We made it through! We covered absolutely everything on this product that I could fathom. If you are still thirsty for more information please check out our ‘Important Links,’ section below for the official instruction manual, installation guide, and more. If you are interested in purchasing this unit then please click here to be taken to our Amazon.com partner where you can have the product shipped right to your door.

Lastly, if you find that you have more questions or think you may need a different dehumidfier please visit our dehumidifiers buyer’s guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Important Links

Question

Dehumidifiers are used all over the country rather they be a smaller portable system or a centrally installed system that moves through your duct work. While their function is rather basic, removing excess humidity from your home, their benefits are numerous.

Excess humidity in your home can cause a whole host of problems. It could be causing a damp or musty smell to come from your basement. It could be causing water to condensate on your interior windows. It could be causing mold to begin growing on your walls or curtains. Whatever symptoms you are seeing a dehumidifier can help with all of them. To see all of the various benefits that dehumidifiers can offer please click here.

However, if a dehumidifier is used excessively in one room or in the winter then you can risk your humidity falling to low. Yes, it is all a balancing act folks. You don’t want the humidity in your home to be too high as if it is then you can have problems such as mildew, dust mites, fungi, and even mold. These allergens can then affect loved ones in your home resulting itchy/watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, and in more severe cases trouble breathing. The good news is that all of this can be corrected with a dehumidifier like we mentioned earlier.

If your humidity is too low then you can have a slew of other symptoms. These symptoms can include dry skin that can eventually turn into cracked and bleeding skin. It can also result in the drying out of your respiratory tract. This means that you will be more susceptible to infections such as colds, sinus infections, and even the flu.

There has to be a balance of humidity in your home. The recommended and most comfortable humidity level is between thirty to fifty percent. Any higher or lower and you can begin to experience some of the symptoms that we mentioned above. This is why you should be running a dehumidifier in the late spring, summer, and early fall. Then, as the temperatures began to fall you can pack away your dehumidifier and replace it with a humidifier. (One of the top selling humidifiers that I know of can be found by clicking here.)

Conclusion

So folks, to answer your question… yes a dehumidifier can result in dry skin. This can happen in one of two instances. The first is that you leave your dehumidifier on constantly throughout the summer and also keep it in the same room. This will result in a lower humidity then what we are used too and can result in these dry and cracked skin symptoms.

The other possibility is running the dehumidifier in  the winter. I don’t know why you would do this, but if you are and are suffering from dry/cracking skin then your dehumidifier is most likely the culprit.

If you are interested in purchasing a dehumidifier then I recommend you check out our complete buying guide that I completed earlier this week. The guide goes over every possible question and consideration that should be made before purchasing a dehumidifier.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this article we helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefirgerantHQ

Dehumidifiers are used all over the country rather they be a smaller portable system or a centrally installed system that moves through your duct work. While their function is rather basic, removing excess humidity from your home, their benefits are numerous.

Excess humidity in your home can cause a whole host of problems. It could be causing a damp or musty smell to come from your basement. It could be causing water to condensate on your interior windows. It could be causing mold to begin growing on your walls or curtains. Whatever symptoms you are seeing a dehumidifier can help with all of them. To see all of the various benefits that dehumidifiers can offer please click here.

In this article though we are going to focus on one specific problem caused by excess humidity, mold. If black mold has begun to grow in your home then you or your family could begin experiencing a whole host of health problems. These could be both short term and long term. In extreme cases of mold growth you can begin to see the mold growing on your curtains, your bed sheets, and even on your clothes.

By purchasing and running a dehumidifier in your home you are removing that excess humidity or water from the air. Removing this humidity makes your home far less hospitable for black mold to grow. I won’t get into all of the various sizes of dehumidifiers in this article, but if your whole home is having an issue then it may make sense to go with a centrally installed dehumidifier that connects to your ductwork. If it’s just a few rooms though then a portable dehumidifier should work for you, just be sure to buy one with a decent pint size. (The higher the pint sizes the more water it can remove from your home.) I would recommend a fifty pint or seventy pint system to ensure you get your home back to normal humidity levels. (The most comfortable and safe humidity levels for a home are between thirty to fifty percent.)

One point of caution here folks that I wanted to make you all aware of. Running a dehumidifier will make your home less hospitable to mold but it will not remove mold. In some cases the fans of the dehumidifier can actually spread mold spores. It is best practice to have the mold removed entirely before you start with the dehumidifier. It is also not recommended that you try and do this yourself as you could end up inadvertently spreading the mold further. You should hire a trained professional contractor.

Once you have the mold removed you can then start the dehumidifier up in the affected room or house. With the humidity now at a controlled level the chances of mold resurfacing are minimal. The only other concern is if there is water coming into your home from an outside source. Your dehumidifier will dry the area out but you will still need to fix the water source.

Conclusion

If you are interested in purchasing a dehumidifier then I recommend you check out our complete buying guide that I completed earlier this week. The guide goes over every possible question and consideration that should be made before purchasing a dehumidifier.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this article we helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefirgerantHQ

Dehumidifiers are quite a handy invention. They are used all over the world during the summer months to help us all escape the miserable heat and humidity. Over the past ten years or so the usage of dehumidifiers has increased tenfold thanks in part due to Climate Change.

For those of you that do not know, there is a huge difference when it comes to a dry heat and a wet heat. A dry heat of one-hundred degrees, let’s say in California, can feel actually cooler than a humid heat of ninety degrees in Georgia.

If you live in one of these high humidity areas then some that humidity is seeping into your home. A dehumidifier will help to remove that excess humidity and get you back to a more comfortable level. The commonly agreed most comfortable humidity level is between thirty and fifty percent. A dehumidifier will get you to those target levels.

Winter Running

Dehumidifiers are meant to be run during the hottest months of the year. This is where the humidity levels and heat have peaked. I know here in Kansas we can see July or August days start out at eighty-five degrees and ninety percent humidity. Winter is a different story though. Running a dehumidifier in winter may not be necessary and if you do run it then you could risk lowering humidity levels too low.

If humidity is too low then this could cause severe dry skin, rashes, sinus trouble, and other issues. I’m sure you have experienced some of these before during the winter season. I get severely dry skin during the cold months. It can get so bad that it cracks open. It can be quite painful. Having a dehumidifier running constantly could result in this exact scenario or it could worsen the symptoms you are already experiencing.

That’s not the worst of it though; a low humidity environment can dry out your respiratory tract which can result in you being more susceptible to colds and the flu. Houses with low humidity will result in inhabitants getting sick more often. All of this could be a recipe for disaster. (Also note that you may end up seeing some of these same problems if you leave your humidifier operating in the same room for an extended period of time. Especially if the room is smaller or closed off.)

This is why in winter, especially, if you are dealing with the symptoms mentioned above that you should consider purchasing a humidifier. One of the top sellers that I know can be found by clicking here. This product will do the opposite and actually ad humidity to the air.

Conclusion

If you are interested in purchasing a dehumidifier then I recommend you check out our complete buying guide that I completed earlier this week. The guide goes over every possible question and consideration that should be made before purchasing a dehumidifier.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this article we helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefirgerantHQ

There is nothing more uncomfortable then living in an area with high humidity. I’m based out of the Kansas City area and today it’s over ninety degrees. When I woke up this morning the humidity was at ninety percent. It’s since settled down a bit to just over sixty… but that is still pretty damn high if you ask me. It can make it miserable when you step outside. As my dad says, it feels like you’re swimming through the air.

It can be worse though if you are feeling some that excess humidity inside of your home. This is where our friend, the dehumidifier, can come in handy. A dehumidifier will do its best to remove all of that excess humidity from your home. This will not only improve the air quality in your home but will also reduce risk of allergens such as dust mites, mildew, fungi, and even mold.

The question though is a dehumidifier safe to use? Are there dangers to be considered before operating one? Let’s take a look and find out!

Basic Safety

Overall, a dehumidifier is a pretty safe machine. Yes, there are instances where things can go wrong, but for the most part you’ll be safe.

The first risk is tilting. If your pet, or your toddler, accidentally runs into your dehumidifier will it keep running, or will it shut off? The risk here is that if it keeps running the appliance could get hot and that heat could translate into a fire. (Think of a hot appliance up against soft carpet.) The good news here though is that most dehumidifiers have a tilt safety feature. If the machine starts to tilt then it will automatically shut off.

When your dehumidifier runs it extracts the humidity from the environment and converts it to water. This water is then stored in a removable tank. As the tank gets full your dehumidifier should have a sensor that shuts the machine off and prevents any more water from accumulating. Nearly all dehumidifiers have this feature, but it is best to check if the one you are buying does. It would not be a good experience to have overflowing water from the tank all over your floor. The other option here is to buy a hose attachment and drain the water into a basement drain, sink, or other area. This will prevent you from having to monitor the water tank levels.

It is also best practice to check this water tank regularly. If the tank is not emptied in a timely manner then you have sitting stagnant water. This could result in mold growth if not properly removed and dumped. Also, always dump out the water tank before putting the dehumidifier in storage. These steps will ensure that the tank stays clean and free of mold.

Another risk is having the appliance began to overheat after operating for a long period of time. In most cases this has the same safety feature as the tilt. If the dehumidifier doe s began to overheat then an automatic shutdown will occur to prevent a fire from occurring.

While most dehumidifiers have an overheating safety mechanism there was a recall issued back in 2017 over a faulty mechanism. This caused the dehumidifiers to overheat and eventually catch fire. You can read about this by clicking here. While this is a rare occurrence, in order to be absolutely safe it is best to turn the dehumidifier off if you will be leaving your home for an extended period of time.

Be sure to clean your dehumidifier regularly including the filter. Most of these filters come with an antibacterial coating. It is recommended that you not wash these filters with water as there is risk of the coating coming off. Instead, you should lightly brush it with a cloth or use a vacuum to clean out any dust or debris. Along with the filter it is best to wipe down or clean the entire unit to prevent any dust or moisture from remaining.

Winter Running

Dehumidifiers are meant to be run during the hottest months of the year. This is where the humidity levels and heat have peaked. I know here in Kansas we can see July or August days start out at eighty-five degrees and ninety percent humidity. Winter is a different story though. Running a dehumidifier in winter may not be necessary and if you do run it then you could risk lowering humidity levels too low.

If humidity is too low then this could cause severe dry skin, rashes, sinus trouble, and other issues. I’m sure you have experienced some of these before during the winter season. I get severely dry skin during the cold months. It can get so bad that it cracks open. It can be quite painful. Having a dehumidifier running constantly could result in this exact scenario or it could worsen the symptoms you are already experiencing.

That’s not the worst of it though; a low humidity environment can dry out your respiratory tract which can result in you being more susceptible to colds and the flu. Houses with low humidity will result in inhabitants getting sick more often. All of this could be a recipe for disaster. (Also note that you may end up seeing some of these same problems if you leave your humidifier operating in the same room for an extended period of time. Especially if the room is smaller or closed off.)

This is why in winter, especially, if you are dealing with the symptoms mentioned above that you should consider purchasing a humidifier. One of the top sellers that I know can be found by clicking here. This product will do the opposite and actually ad humidity to the air.

Conclusion

Dehumidifiers are quite safe. Safety mechanisms have been installed to prevent water leakage or fire hazards. The main concern that you have to worry about is the humidity getting to high or too low in your home. It is a constant balancing act. More often than not you can follow the simple guidelines that dehumidifiers should be operated in summer mostly. Yes, they can be used in spring and fall… but I would not recommend use in winter. Remember folks the most comfortable humidity level for us between thirty percent to fifty percent.

If you are interested in purchasing a dehumidifier then I recommend you check out our complete buying guide that I completed earlier this week. The guide goes over every possible question and consideration that should be made before purchasing a dehumidifier.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this article we helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefirgerantHQ

 

Question

Dehumidifiers are used all over the country rather they be a smaller portable system or a centrally installed system that moves through your duct work. While their function is rather basic, removing excess humidity from your home, their benefits are numerous.

Excess humidity in your home can cause a whole host of problems. It could be causing a damp or musty smell to come from your basement. It could be causing water to condensate on your interior windows. It could be causing mold to begin growing on your walls or curtains. Whatever symptoms you are seeing a dehumidifier can help eliminate all of them. To see all of the various benefits that dehumidifiers can offer please click here.

The question now though how exactly do dehumidifiers work? How is the water extracted? What kind should you get? Let’s take a look.

How They Work

Depending on what dehumidifier that you are looking at they can remove humidity in one of two ways.

The first is that they act like an air conditioner complete with compressor and refrigerant. The air is brought in, the air is cooled by passing over freezing pipes, the cooled air’s moisture/humidity then turns back into liquid, the cooled air is passed through a heating element to warm the air back to room levels, and then the warmed dry air is expelled back into your home. All of this is done with the use of refrigerants just like what you see in air conditioner. The only real difference is that an air conditioner does not have an additional heating element to warm the air back to baseline levels. I won’t get into the full science of the refrigeration cycle here, but if you are interested in reading more about it click here to be taken to our ‘How do Refrigerants Work,’ article.

The second way a dehumidifier can work is through the absorption or adsorption method.  This is also known as the desiccant method. These are the most common methods especially in smaller portable dehumidifiers. There is no refrigerant used in this method. Instead, the moist air is pulled into the machine through a duct. That air then moves past a large rotating wheel of water absorbing material. While the air is on this wheel it rotates through a section that has heated hot air blown on it. After some time the rotating wheel is dried out from the hot blowing air and then the dry air is expelled back into your home.

In both cases the dehumidifier should have a sensor that will alert the machine its collection tray is full. This alert will stop the machine from operating until the collection tray is emptied of water. Most of the time they will have an indicator alerting you that the tray needs emptied. Other dehumidifier models come with a drainage hose attachment. If the hose is connected you can then drain all of the removed water into a nearby drainage area. This will work just like your central air conditioner does.

Something else to consider is what type of dehumidifier that you want for your home. It can be important when choosing what type of dehumidifier that you want: Refrigerant based and desiccant based. The desiccant models are more efficient then refrigerant models, especially in colder temperature areas. The down side is that these systems also have a smaller capacity rating.  The desiccant models are also quieter than their refrigerant counterpart. If you were looking to cool just a bedroom or two then you may look at the desiccant.

However, if you are having constant trouble with a part of your home that is hot and humid then you should be looking at the refrigerant models. A refrigerant based system will be more efficient in hotter temperatures. It all depends on temperature. If the area you are dehumidifying is below sixty-five degrees then you should go with the desiccant model and if your room is above sixty-five degrees then go with the refrigerant type model.

Conclusion

If you are interested in purchasing a dehumidifier then I recommend you check out our complete buying guide that I completed earlier this week. The guide goes over every possible question and consideration that should be made before purchasing a dehumidifier.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this article we helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefirgerantHQ

It’s June here in Kansas and the heat is on. Today is going to be ninety-five degrees and when I woke up this morning the humidity read ninety percent. This weather can be quite miserable for those of us who do not have air conditioning. Even if you do have an AC your home can still be uncomfortable during these hot days due to all of the humidity in the air.

This is where dehumidifiers come into play. Humidity is a measurement of how much water vapor is in the air, the higher the number the more moisture. Typically most homeowners are comfortable with humidity levels between thirty to fifty percent. If your home is above these levels then you may feel like the air is thick, or even damp. You may notice water forming condensation on the inside of your windows, or in some cases you may even begin to see mold beginning to grow on your walls or curtains. All of these are signs that the humidity in your home is too high.

Running a dehumidifier in your home will work to shrink that humidity down to a more reasonable level. But, how effective are these dehumidifiers? Should you bother purchasing one? Will you notice a difference? In this article we are going to take a look at just how effective dehumidifiers will be. If you are interested in the benefits of dehumidifiers please click here to be taken to an earlier published article.

Dehumidifier Effectiveness

There isn’t a simple answer here folks. Unfortunately, there are a lot of variables that can affect your dehumidifiers. First, let’s take a look at the appliance itself.

What pint capacity does it have? For those of you that do not know, the pint capacity on a dehumidifier is a measurement of how much water the appliance can remove in a twenty-four hour period. The higher the pint capacity the more effective it will be. You can purchase dehumidifiers with pint sizes ranging from twenty all the way to seventy-five. It is typically recommended to purchase the dehumidifier with the highest pint capacity. This helps you cover your bases and gets you the higher performing appliance for your home.

The other factor when choosing a dehumidifier is the overall quality of the product. There are numerous makes and models out there today and it can be difficult to tell which ones are good and which ones just don’t hold up. My recommendation here is to stick with the brand names that you recognize. For example, the brand name Frigidaire we all know about. Chances are you have a Frigidaire appliance in your home today. They make quality products. They also make dehumidifiers. (Here are a few of their products.)

Ok, so now that we’ve discussed the physical product let’s look at the environmental impacts to dehumidifier effectiveness. This may be a given, but the hotter it is outside the harder your dehumidifier will have to work. You have to remember that a dehumidifier is essentially a little air conditioner. While it doesn’t provide cold air into your home it does extract the humidity just like an air conditioner does. Have you ever noticed that your air conditioners have a drainage pipe in your basement? That water that is draining is the removed humidity. Just like with your air conditioner, the hotter it is outside the harder your dehumidifier will have to work.

Along with a hotter day putting more strain on your dehumidifier you will also see increased load on your appliance based off of how humid it is outside. I’ve mentioned this before, but I live in Kansas where the humidity can be quite high. In the mornings it is around ninety percent and in the afternoon it’s around sixty. These high numbers are going to affect the dehumidifier’s performance.

It’s not just outside temperatures though that can affect the dehumidifier. If you keep the climate in your home too cold then your dehumidifier will struggle to perform. The most common practice is to keep temperatures inside your home at or above sixty-five degrees. This will give you optimal performance on your dehumidifier.

The room that you place your dehumidifier in can also make a substantial difference. You will see more results with your appliance if you place it in the basement rather than your upstairs bedrooms. This is for a few reasons. The first is that the more wide open a space is the harder your dehumidifier will have to work. Secondly, the more air flow that passes through a room the harder it will have to work. Thirdly, we all know that heat rises. If you put your dehumidifier in your top floor bedroom then you are not going to be as effective due to the extra heat it experiences as well as the increased air flow.

Conclusion

As you can tell folks, there are a ton of variables that have to be taken into consideration here. I’d love to give you a simple yes and no answer, but nothing is ever that easy… is it?

Before I close this article I did want to mention that you may end up needing to purchase more than one dehumidifier or even a centrally installed dehumidifier if you have a large home and are experiencing problems throughout the home.

This decision will be a matter of expense. Yes, the expense can be quite higher if you opt for a centrally installed system, but you get peace of mind that your home has humidity control. On the inverse, with the portable systems you can purchase just one and see how it performs. If it suits your needs then you can be done and move on, otherwise you can purchase another one to place strategically in your home.

If you are interested in purchasing a dehumidifier then I recommend you check out our complete buying guide that I completed earlier this week. The guide goes over every possible question and consideration that should be made before purchasing a dehumidifier.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this article we helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefirgerantHQ

Dehumidifiers are quickly becoming commonplace in many homes across the United States. Chances are if you purchased a new central air conditioner system that the company you purchased from also tried to sell you on a central dehumidifier. But, what exactly is a dehumidifier? What benefits can you expect to achieve from using one? Let’s take a look.

First, to understand what a dehumidifier is we need to understand the concept of humidity. Humidity in short, is water vapor in the air. This water is in vapor form and is not in the form of fog, clouds, or rain. A desert will typically have low humidity whereas a jungle will have very high humidity.

Having excess humidity in your home can cause a host of problems. Humidity is not visible to the naked eye, but there are signs of it. For example, if you take a hot shower and then step out of the bathtub and notice the mirror is fogged over. That is an example of the humidity displaying itself to you. You normally see humidity problems in enclosed rooms with poor ventilation such as bathrooms or kitchens. You may also begin to see water droplets forming on the inside of your windows, and in some cases even along your interior walls. These are all examples of excess humidity within your home.

So, what’s the big deal if your home has excess humidity? Too much humidity can cause problems, especially to those in your home that suffer from allergies or asthma. A high humidity environment is perfect for dust mites, mildew, fungi, and mold to thrive in. These allergens can result in a stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, difficulty breathing, and even skin rashes. In extreme cases the mold or fungi can cause severe asthma symptoms. Reducing the humidity in your home can prevent these allergens from taking root.

My father is a rather severe asthmatic. It is now to the point where my mother has to warn him that she will be vacuuming. He can’t be in the house for hours afterwards or else he’ll have a flare up. To help mitigate his symptoms they have a central humidifier installed as well as multiple air purifiers throughout the home. Even with all of this he still has trouble on certain days. I cannot even imagine how bad it would be without these extra protections of air quality.

Dehumidifier Benefits

Having a dehumidifier installed in your home, rather it be a portable or a central system, will work to reduce the humidity within your home. Most models come with a humidity target number that you can program just like you would do with a thermostat. In the summer the recommended setting is fifty percent humidity and in the winter they recommend thirty percent.

Once your dehumidifier is installed and operating you will begin to notice the benefits. Firstly, that damp or musty smell that you can find in basements a lot will eventually go away. So, let’s say for example you have a finished basement and use it as a hosting area for when you have friends over. Everything looks great down there… except the fact that you have that musty smell throughout the basement. By setting up a portable dehumidifier in your basement you will be able to combat that smell and eventually get it to go away entirely.

Along with removing that musty smell dehumidifiers can make the room, or home, that it is installed in much more comfortable. As I’m writing this article it is a few days from July and I am based in Kansas City. I just checked the humidity levels outside. It is at ninety percent humidity and will be around ninety-five degrees. Those are some crazy number. As you all know, a dry heat and a wet heat can feel much different. That is why if you go to California when it’s one-hundred degrees and Kansas City when it’s one-hundred degrees it will feel quite different. Your central air conditioner does it’s best to remove excess humidity but when you are faced with a ninety percent humidity level it can be hard to keep up.

This is where your dehumidifier comes in handy. It can give your air conditioner that extra boost and aid to remove that excess humidity in your home. By removing that humidity you get close to that ‘dry heat’ feeling and your home feels overall more comfortable. On top of that, by adding a dehumidifier to your home you take some of the load off of your air conditioner. This will result in monthly energy savings and the extension of life for your central air conditioner.

The next benefit I want to mention is the overall quality of air. Earlier in this article we mentioned that with excess humidity you can have allergens began to grow within your home such as dust mites, mildew, fungi, and even mold. You may even begin to see the mold begin to grow on the walls, floors, and curtains. In extreme cases the mold can take hold and begin to grow on your bed sheets and even your clothes.

A dehumidifier will actively work to reduce the humidity in your home and the less humidity the less desirable of an area for these allergens to take root. A lot of times you may not even begin to see some of these problems forming in your home though. So, as a rule of thumb, if you have someone in your family or even if you are suffering from allergies while in your home then it may be time for a dehumidifier. It could be itchy/watery eyes, it could be sneezing constantly, or it could even be a rash. A dehumidifier may solve your problem, or at least lessen the symptoms. Another thing that you can do along with your dehumidifier is to purchase a higher quality air conditioner filter. For more on that, you can click here to be taken to our air conditioner filter buying guide.

Having the combination of a dehumidifier with a higher rated MERV filter will greatly aid in improving the quality of air in your home. While allergies may not motivate you enough to improve the air quality in your home then an asthma sufferer will. Earlier in the article I mentioned my father who suffers from asthma. We have to do everything we can to improve air quality. If we do not then he constantly has trouble getting a breath and will have more frequent flare ups. It’s never fun to watch a family member suffer with allergies and asthma and you can even lessen their burden by adding a dehumidifier.

The last benefit that I want to mention is extending the life and quality of your home. Excess humidity in your home over a long period of time can actually result in the wood soaking up some of that excess water. When I say wood I don’t just mean pieces of furniture. No this excess moisture can actually soak into your walls and even your support beams. This can cause warping and overall deterioration. Having a dehumidifier installed will prevent this from occurring.

Conclusion

Now that we understand the overall benefits of dehumidifiers I want to make another point before we close this article. Running a dehumidifier in your home is treating the symptoms of a problem. It does not attack the disease. This is like the doctor giving you a painkiller instead of popping your shoulder back in the socket. Obviously, you need both pain killers and the shoulder relocated.

Let’s say for example you are running a dehumidifier in your basement due to some water pooling in one corner of the basement. While the dehumidifier will get rid of the water and the excess humidity it will not solve the problem. How did the water get into your basement? Where did it come from? That is a whole other story that you will have to troubleshoot and resolve. If you are purchasing a dehumidifier to get rid of a mold problem then the dehumidifier will stop the mold from spreading and prevent it from taking root again… but you will still need to remove the existing mold.

If you are in the market to purchase a dehumidifier then I recommend that you check out our dehumidifier buying guide by clicking here. In this article we go into everything you would ever need to know when it comes to purchasing a dehumidifier.

I hope this article was helpful and thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

There are many reasons to purchase a dehumidifier. It could be that you are looking to air out and remove that damp smell from your basement or laundry room. It could be that you are having trouble with condensation building up on your windows. Or, it could be that you, or someone in your family, are suffering from allergies or even asthma.

If parts of your home, or your entire home, have excess humidity a variety of things can happen. Firstly, you will notice it by the feeling of the room. The higher the humidity the more uncomfortable the room will be during the hot days of summer. It’s not just that though, a home with excess humidity can be a prime candidate for dust mites, mildew, fungi, and even mold. In some cases the mold can begin growing on the walls or your curtains. In extreme cases the mold could begin to grow on your bed sheets and even on your clothes. This mold, mildew, and dust can wreak havoc on allergies. They could result in itchy or water eyes, sneezing, coughing, or even a skin rash. If you are an asthma sufferer then things could get much worse.

Adding a dehumidifier to your home will not only increase the comfort level for your family but it will also make your home less hospitable for these allergens to grow. The question though is what to look for when purchasing a dehumidifier? There are a variety of sizes, considerations, and product features that should all be taken into consideration. In this article we’re going to look at everything you ever need to know before purchasing your dehumidifier. Let’s dive in and take a look:

Sizing

First you will need to determine what you intend to use the dehumidifier for. Are you going to be using it in a damp basement? Your master bedroom? Or, perhaps, in your kitchen/living room combination area? Knowing what room you will be using the appliance is key as you will have to purchase the right sized dehumidifier to ensure that the correct amount of moisture is removed from the air.

Once you have room chosen you now need to measure the square footage of said room. The square footage number will help you in determining just what size dehumidifier that you need. To find the square footage you need to measure the width and the length of the room. Let’s say for example you are measuring for a bedroom that measures ten feet long and twelve feet wide. Ten times twelve equals one-hundred and twenty square feet.

These square footage measurements will aid you in picking a portable dehumidifier. However, if you are looking to dehumidify your entire home then you may look at a whole home dehumidifier. These units can actually be attached to your central air conditioner and be routed through your central duct work. While the cost may be expensive at first you will end up seeing monthly savings on your energy bill and a longer life from your central air conditioner due to the dehumidifier taking some of the work off of the AC. These whole system dehumidifiers can work on homes up to three-thousand square feet.

Determining Dampness

Before you purchase you should keep in mind that once you determine the minimum capacity you need for your room that you should always go up slightly. By going up in capacity, say from a twelve pint to a twenty pint, you are able to increase the overall efficiency of your dehumidifier. This is because the larger unit will not have to work as hard as a unit that was right at the minimum level. Also, while there are all different varying pint sizes required the most common dehumidifier sizes are twenty, thirty, and fifty pints.

When you have your square footage determined you next need to figure out how damp the room is that you are trying to dehumidify. There are a few different dampness ratings that we can assign to your room. Knowing these will allow us to guide you on what kind of dehumidifier to purchase.


Moderately Damp – When you enter the room you may notice that the air feels clammy or even damp. There may also be a musty odor when the weather is humid outside. This may be a lot of your basements. The recommend capacity for a moderately damp room is between ten to twenty-six pints, or between five to twelve liters.

    • A five-hundred square feet area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of ten pints or four point seven liters. Our recommended product is the Eurgeen Compact 20 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A one-thousand square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of fourteen pints or six point six liters. Our recommend product is the Eurgeen Compact 20 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A fifteen-hundred square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of eighteen pints or eight point five liters. Our recommend product is the Eurgeen Compact 20 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A two-thousand square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of twenty-two pints or ten liters. Our recommend product is the hOmeLabs 30 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A twenty-five-hundred square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of twenty-six pints or twelve liters. Our recommend product is the hOmeLabs 30 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.

Very Damp – When you enter this room you may notice that it always smells musty and the air feels clammy or damp. You may even notice damp spots on the floor, walls, or windows.  The recommend capacity for a very damp area is between twelve to thirty-two pints, or between five point seven to fifteen point one liters.


Wet – When you enter this room you may notice that it always smells musty and the air feels clammy or damp. You will also notice water beading on the floors, walls, windows, or elsewhere. You may also see moisture seeping at the edges of the room. The recommend capacity for a wet area is between fourteen to thirty-eight pints, or between six point six to eighteen liters.


Very Wet – When you enter this room you may notice that it always smells musty and the air feels clammy or damp. You will also notice water beading on the floors, walls, windows, or elsewhere. You may also see moisture seeping at the edges of the room. The difference here though between wet and very wet is that with the very wet section you will notice actual standing water on the floor. The recommend capacity for a very wet area is between sixteen to forty-four pints, or between seven point six to twenty point eight liters.


Now, you may have noticed that all of the products we mentioned above are NOT a central dehumidifier. These products we recommended above are strictly portable. If you are interested in a central system then it is best to schedule a consultation with your local HVAC contractor. It is always best to compare prices and quotes from various contractors to ensure you get the best price for your money. Also, you may also end up getting a deal if you purchase both an air conditioner and a central dehumidifier.

Considerations

Along with the choosing the right size there are other, more minor, factors that should be taken into consideration. The first is the overall portability of the appliance. If you are buying a dehumidifier for one of your rooms, or even your basement, how easy is it to move? Does it come with rollers, or does it have to be carried? Does it have handles to be carried? This may not mean much if you intend to set it and forget it in one room, but if you want the ability to move the dehumidifier around then portability definitely worth reviewing.

hOmeLabs 70 Pint Portable Dehumidifier
hOmeLabs 70 Pint Portable Dehumidifier

Another small factor is the overall size of the tank that will be holding the water that is removed from the air. Obviously, the larger the tank the less often you will have to empty it. This is just more of a convenience factor then anything though. The size of tanks can vary wildly from model to model. It’s not just the sizing though. How easy is it to empty the tank? Is it easily pulled out and dumped, or do you have to mess around with it for a bit?

You may also even find some units that come with a drainage hose that can be fed to your basement drain or even your sink. All of this is a matter of preference. Obviously the easiest solution is going with the hose option. There are also some models out there that come with a tank and an attachment for a drainage hose. This leaves the decision up to you on how you want to dispose of the water.

Something else to consider is what type of dehumidifier that you want for your home. There are two types of dehumidifiers: Refrigerant based and desiccant based. The desiccant models are more efficient then refrigerant models, especially in colder temperature areas. The down side is that these systems also have a smaller capacity rating.  The desiccant models are also quieter than their refrigerant counterpart. If you were looking to cool just a bedroom or two then you may look at the desiccant.

 However, if you are having constant trouble with a part of your home that is hot and humid then you should be looking at the refrigerant models. A refrigerant based system will be more efficient in hotter temperatures. It all depends on temperature. If the area you are dehumidifying is below sixty-five degrees then you should go with the desiccant model and if your room is above sixty-five degrees then go with the refrigerant type model.

The ideal humidity setting in a room is between thirty to fifty percent. Most folks say fifty percent in summer and thirty percent in winter. In most cases the dehumidifier you chose will have a setting to allow you to customize the humidity within the room. You may have to play around with this setting until you find the exact number that works for you and your home.

Another point for consideration is the overall efficiency of the unit. The efficiency of a dehumidifier is measured by the amount of water the appliance can remove every hour compared to the amount of energy required to do so. What you want to look for here is the ‘Energy Star’ approval.  The Energy Star program was created and is run by the Environmental Protection Agency. Its goal is to set efficiency standards for appliances and to reward an ‘Energy Star’ if the appliance meets those goals.

Dehumidifiers that are Energy Star certified have been evaluated and tested to the rigorous efficiency standards of the Energy Star Program. In most cases you can see up to fifteen percent energy savings when using an Energy Star model.

The last consideration is how much noise the dehumidifier will produce. Most dehumidifiers are rated between forty to fifty decibels. This is about the equivalent of a running refrigerator. You will find some models go higher or lower then this number, so just keep that in mind when purchasing. I don’t hear very well in the first place so a higher decibel machine has never mattered much to me.

Product Features

Alright folks, so we have now looked at what size of machine to purchase and also what considerations should be taken in before purchasing. The next step in our buying guide is to look at the various product features that your dehumidifier could have.  These product features aren’t mandatory by any means. No, these are more quality of life enhancements.

The first to look for are user friendly controls. My favorite is the digital display options that allow you to easily set a humidity level and to change the speed of the fan. Some units also come with a built in timer setting. This allows you to run the dehumidifier at night or to have it turn off when you aren’t home. Along with a timer setting you may look for an auto shut-off feature that shuts the appliance down when the desired humidity level has been reached.

Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 70 Pint Portable Dehumidifer
Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 70 Pint Portable Dehumidifer

Whenever the power goes out I have to remember what appliances need to be reset. In my old house my air conditioner would reset to ‘Off.’ So, during a bad storm where we lost power I’d forget to turn the air conditioner back on and the house would be sweltering by morning. While it’s not the same situation with a dehumidifier it is good to have an auto-restart function on your appliances.

As far as maintenance and upkeep of your machine there are two functions that can help you out. The first is known as the auto-defrost. This feature stops your dehumidifier from freezing over during colder operation environments. (Remember, that dehumidifiers are very similar to air conditioners and can experience a lot of the same problems.) The other feature is a simple signal that alerts you that your filter needs to be cleaned.

I would be amiss if I didn’t mention this next section, but chances are you will be fine. There are some dehumidifiers out there that require a two-hundred and twenty or two-hundred and forty volt outlet. These are the types of outlets that you find when you plug in your oven or your clothes dryer. Occasionally your garage may be outfitted with these as well. (I have one for my air compressor.) More often than not though your dehumidifier will use the standard one-hundred and ten to one-hundred and twenty volt outlet. Keeping on the same topic of power, it is also best to look at how long the power cord of the appliance will be. If it’s six foot, will that be enough?

The last feature that I am going to mention is the fan setting. Yes, this may seem like such a minuscule thing but it is a legitimate option and I want to be as comprehensive as I can when making this guide.  There are two types of fan settings for dehumidifiers. There are the ones that run constantly even when the appliance is not removing humidity.  Then there is the fan that ONLY runs when the dehumidifier is running. The jury is still out on which model is more efficient. If the fan is running constantly though then there will always be noise even if the dehumidifier isn’t dehumidifying. The argument is that with the fan always on the dehumidifier is constantly checking the humidity levels in your room. If the level exceeds what you have set then the machine kicks on and begins dehumidifying.

Conclusion

There you have it folks. That is nearly everything I can think of to talk about when it comes to purchasing a dehumidifier. We have covered the sizing requirements, all of the considerations, and even a number of product features. After reading this article you should be well armed to purchase your dehumidifier.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Question

Adding a dehumidifier to your home rather it be a portable or a centrally based system can not only clean your air but also help those who are suffering from allergies and asthma. If you are a sufferer from asthma then you know how touchy things can be. The air in your home has to be as clean as possible or else you may have a flare up.

As an example, a former co-worker of mine had twins, a boy and a girl. Both of them suffered with extreme asthma symptoms from an early age. There were multiple hospitalizations over the year. They’re teenagers now and they still struggle.

In order to ensure that their home had the cleanest air possible their father installed a centralized dehumidifier. Along with this he bought a highly rated MERV air conditioner filter to ensure that all possible allergens were removed. The combination of these two improved the air quality in their home substantially.

You see a dehumidifier does just that, it removes humidity from the home. A home with excess humidity can have a host of problems including dust mites, mildew, fungi, and even mold. The mold can get really bad if it is untreated. It can grow on the floor, walls, and curtains. In some cases it can get so bad that mold begins to grow on your bedspread and even on your clothes. As you can imagine, this wreaks havoc for people who have allergies or who have trouble breathing.

Installing and running a dehumidifier will remove the humidity from the room and prevent these types of allergens from taking hold in your home. Along with removing these agitants a dehumidifier will also reduce the dust accumulation throughout your home and will actually extend the life of perishable foods such as cereals or bread.

In most cases the dehumidifier is very quiet when it is running. The majority of the time you won’t even notice the appliance running in the background. Along with all of that improved air while running a dehumidifier you also get increased comfort. I’m sure you have all heard that a dry heat is much better than a wet heat. The same applies within your home. Seventy-four degrees will feel a lot nicer if the humidity is low.

Lastly, running a dehumidifier in your home will take some of the strain and workload away from your central air conditioner. Your air conditioner does it’s best to remove humidity from your home as well and by adding your own dehumidifier you are saving work for your air conditioner. This will result in a longer last central air system and cheaper monthly energy bills.

Do I Need One?

All of the above being said, you may not need a dehumidifier especially if you are not suffering from any allergies. Yes, dehumidifiers have a lot of benefits but many homeowners never end up not getting one. It is really a choice up to you.

There are however instances where you should purchase a dehumidifier. If you do not purchase when you see these kinds of symptoms then you are actively hurting the quality and the longevity of your home. You should keep an eye out for areas of your house that show water stains on the ceilings or wall. Look for areas that have small black spots growing on walls or in other places such as bathtubs or showers. Also look for signs of frequent condensation on windows in specific areas of your home. All of these can be signs of excess humidity in your home. By running a dehumidifier in a room or in your whole home you can resolve these symptoms and prevent them from getting any worse.

If they are left unchecked then the mold, mildew, and even just the dampness from the water in the air can collect into the wood of your home. Overtime the wetness from the excess humidity will began to degrade the wood… yes even the support beams. This is obviously a cumulative effect over many years, but the possibility is still there.

If you are living in an apartment or condominium you may also consider getting a dehumidifier. This is because in most cases your air conditioner and ductwork are interconnected to your neighbors. You may have a perfectly clean apartment, but they may not. Adding a dehumidifier will help prevent mold or other allergens from taking root in your apartment.

Conclusion

Well, what do you think? Are dehumidifiers for you, or will you continue without one? If you have decided to move forward with a dehumidifier purchase you will need to know how to purchase the right system for you.

Dehumidifiers come in all different kinds of sizes and it can be confusing to navigate between all of these options. Earlier today I wrote an article that covers just this topic that was titled, ‘What Size Dehumidifier Do I Need? This article breaks down the exact sizing requirements that you will need based on the room size and the overall dampness of the room.

Once you have read that article you can then make an educated pick at which dehumidifier is the right option for you and your family.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Question

Dehumidifiers can improve the comfort within your home substantially. This is especially so if you or someone in your family is suffering from allergies. By using a dehumidifier you remove the water from your home. By removing the water you make your house less hospitable for allergens such as mold, fungi, mildew, and dust mites.

The question is what size of dehumidifier should you get? If you look online you will see dozens of different brands, sizes, and choices. But, which one is best for you and your home?

Sizing Your Dehumidifier

Firstly, you need to determine what you intend to use the dehumidifier for. Are you going to be using it in a damp basement? Your master bedroom? Or, perhaps, in your kitchen/living room combination area? Knowing what room you will be using the appliance is key as you will have to purchase the right sized dehumidifier to ensure that the correct amount of moisture is removed from the air.

Once you have room chosen you now need to measure the square footage of said room. The square footage number will help you in determining just what size dehumidifier that you need. To find the square footage you need to measure the width and the length of the room. Let’s say for example you are measuring for a bedroom that measures ten feet long and twelve feet wide. Ten times twelve equals one-hundred and twenty square feet.

These square footage measurements will aid you in picking a portable dehumidifier. However, if you are looking to dehumidify your entire home then you may look at a whole home dehumidifier. These units can actually be attached to your central air conditioner and be routed through your central duct work. While the cost may be expensive at first you will end up seeing monthly savings on your energy bill and a longer life from your central air conditioner due to the dehumidifier taking some of the work off of the AC. These whole system dehumidifiers can work on homes up to three-thousand square feet.

Determining Dampness

Before you purchase you should keep in mind that once you determine the minimum capacity you need  for your room that you should always go up slightly. By going up in capacity, say from a twelve pint to a sixteen pint, you are able to increase the overall efficiency of your dehumidifier. This is because the larger unit will not have to work as hard as a unit that was right at the minimum level.

When you have your square footage determined you next need to figure out how damp the room is that you are trying to dehumidify. There are a few different dampness ratings that we can assign to your room. Knowing these will allow us to guide you on what kind of dehumidifier to purchase.

Moderately Damp – When you enter the room you may notice that the air feels clammy or even damp. There may also be a musty odor when the weather is humid outside. This may be a lot of your basements. The recommend capacity for a moderately damp room is between ten to twenty-six pints, or between five to twelve liters.

    • A five-hundred square feet area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of ten pints or four point seven liters. Our recommended product is the Eurgeen Compact 20 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A one-thousand square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of fourteen pints or six point six liters. Our recommend product is the Eurgeen Compact 20 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A fifteen-hundred square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of eighteen pints or eight point five liters. Our recommend product is the Eurgeen Compact 20 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A two-thousand square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of twenty-two pints or ten liters. Our recommend product is the hOmeLabs 30 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A twenty-five-hundred square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of twenty-six pints or twelve liters. Our recommend product is the hOmeLabs 30 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.

Very Damp – When you enter this room you may notice that it always smells musty and the air feels clammy or damp. You may even notice damp spots on the floor, walls, or windows.  The recommend capacity for a very damp area is between twelve to thirty-two pints, or between five point seven to fifteen point one liters.

Wet – When you enter this room you may notice that it always smells musty and the air feels clammy or damp. You will also notice water beading on the floors, walls, windows, or elsewhere. You may also see moisture seeping at the edges of the room. The recommend capacity for a wet area is between fourteen to thirty-eight pints, or between six point six to eighteen liters.

Very Wet – When you enter this room you may notice that it always smells musty and the air feels clammy or damp. You will also notice water beading on the floors, walls, windows, or elsewhere. You may also see moisture seeping at the edges of the room. The difference here though between wet and very wet is that with the very wet section you will notice actual standing water on the floor. The recommend capacity for a very wet area is between sixteen to forty-four pints, or between seven point six to twenty point eight liters.

Now, you may have noticed that all of the products we mentioned above are NOT a central dehumidifier. These products we recommended above are strictly portable. If you are interested in a central system then it is best to schedule a consultation with your local HVAC contractor. It is always best to compare prices and quotes from various contractors to ensure you get the best price for your money. Also, you may also end up getting a deal if you purchase both an air conditioner and a central dehumidifier.

Conclusion

As you can see from the above sections there are numerous sizes of dehumidifiers to be considered. Rather you’re looking to just dehumidify your bedroom or your entire home the options are all there. If you are suffering from allergies, or even asthma, then adding a dehumidifier to your home is a very important step to help clean the air.

Along with dehumidifier another easy step to ensure your air is as clean as can be is regularly changing your furnace/air conditioner filters. You can also buy a higher quality filter based on it’s MERV rating. The higher the MERV rating the more containments your filter will catch. Check out our best filter guide by clicking here.

Thanks,

Alec Johnson
RefrigerantHQ

What Is It?

Most folks often do not think about the environment or the air within their home. This is why it is so common to see air conditioner filters go months on end without ever being changed. It’s just not something a lot of people give much thought about. I’m guilty of it as well. It is when you, or someone in your family, begin having trouble breathing due to allergens in your home’s atmosphere that we all take notice and begin to take steps to improve the air circulating in our home. 

One of the first steps to reducing allergens in your home is to regularly change your air filter. I won’t get into all of the details on air conditioner filters here, but if you are interested on what the best are please click here to view our filter buying guide. 

Besides changing your filters regularly another big step to cleanse the air in your home is to purchase and began running a dehumidifier. In this article we are going to take a look at what dehumidifiers are, how they work, and what size you should look at when purchasing for your home. Let’s dive in!

Understanding Humidity

Before we get into what exactly a dehumidifier is we first need to explore what humidity is within your home. First, let’s start with the basic concept of humidity. Humidity in short, is water vapor in the air. This water is in vapor form and is not in the form of fog, clouds, or rain. A desert will typically have low humidity whereas a jungle will have very high humidity. 

Having excess humidity in your home can cause a host of problems. Humidity is not visible to the naked eye, but there are signs of it. For example, if you take a hot shower and then step out of the bathtub and notice the mirror is fogged over. That is an example of the humidity displaying itself to you. You normally see humidity problems in enclosed rooms with poor ventilation such as bathrooms or kitchens. You may also begin to see water droplets forming on the inside of your windows, and in some cases even along your interior walls. These are all examples of excess humidity within your home.

So, what’s the big deal if your home has excess humidity? Too much humidity can cause problems, especially to those in your home that suffer from allergies or asthma. A high humidity environment is perfect for dust mites, mildew, fungi, and mold to thrive in. These allergens can result in a stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, difficulty breathing, and even skin rashes. In extreme cases the mold or fungi can cause severe asthma symptoms. Reducing the humidity in your home can prevent these allergens from taking root.

My father is a rather severe asthmatic. To the point where my mother has to warn him that she will be vacuuming. He can’t be in the house for hours afterwards or else he’ll have a flare up. To help mitigate his symptoms they have a central humidifier installed as well as multiple air purifiers throughout the home. Even with all of this he still has trouble on certain days. I cannot even imagine how bad it would be without these extra protections of air quality.

Dehumidifiers

Well, as you may have guessed a dehumidifier does just that. It removes excess humidity from your room or home. It does this by intaking air from your home, removing the humidity from it, and then expelling that air back into your home. The removed humidity turns to moisture that is collected in a tray that you will need to empty from time to time.

Depending on what dehumidifier that you are looking at they can remove humidity in one of two ways. The first is that they act like a air conditioner complete with compressor and refrigerant. The air is brought in, the air is cooled by passing over freezing pipes, the cooled air’s moisture/humidity then turns back into liquid, the cooled air is passed through a heating element to warm the air back to room levels, and then the warmed dry air is expelled back into your home. All of this is done with the use of refrigerants just like what you see in air conditioner. The only real difference is that an air conditioner does not have an additional heating element to warm the air back to baseline levels. 

The second way a dehumidifier can work is through the absorption or adsorption method.  This is also known as the desiccant method. These are the most common methods especially in smaller portable dehumidifiers. There is no refrigerant used in this method. Instead, the moist air is pulled into the machine through a duct. That air then moves past a large rotating wheel of water absorbing material. While the air is on this wheel it rotates through a section that has heated hot air blown on it. After some time the rotating wheel is dried out from the hot blowing air and then the dry air is expelled back into your home.

In both cases the dehumidifier should have a sensor that will alert the machine it’s collection tray is full. This alert will stop the machine from operating until the collection tray is emptied of water. Most of the time they will have an indicator alerting you that the tray needs emptied.

Why Do I Need a Dehumidifier?

 Removing humidity makes your home less desirable for mold, mildew, fungi, and dust mites. Along with stopping the growth of mold or mildew a dehumidifier will help to remove the smell of these allergens. If you ever noticed that your basement has a musty or damp smell then a dehumidifier will work to solve that problem.

In extreme cases of excess humidity mold can began to form on your walls, curtains, and even on your clothes or bed sheets. I’ve never been in this situation, but I get a little sick just thinking about it. Can you even imagine mold on our clothes?

Dehumidifiers will reduce the allergens we mentioned above which will result in easier breathing in your home and will also reduce skin irritation. Without the water in the air you don’t have to worry about mold growing on your favorite pair of jeans! The amount of dust in your home will be reduced and the amount of time to dry your clothes. Even your perishable foods like cereal and bread will last longer in homes that run a dehumidifier. There are so many benefits to running a dehumidifier in your home.

Overall, dehumidifiers are rather quiet when operating and most people won’t even notice them once it has been plugged in and turned on. Adding a dehumidifier to your home may actually shrink your monthly energy costs during the summer. Without a dehumidifier your air conditioner will do its best to remove the excess humidity from the air. If you have excess humidity then your air conditioner will be working overtime to remove the heat and humidity. Having a dehumidifier running in your home will reduce the load on your air conditioner and may actually prolong its service life.

What Size Dehumidifier Do I Need?

Ok, so now we know what dehumidifiers are and why you may need to purchase one. The next question is what kind and what size of dehumidifier should you get? If you look online you will see dozens of different brands, sizes, and choices. But, which one is best for you and your home? 

Firstly, you need to determine what you intend to use the dehumidifier for. Are you going to be using it in a damp basement? Your master bedroom? Or, perhaps, in your kitchen/living room combination area? Knowing what room you will be using the appliance is key as you will have to purchase the right sized dehumidifier to ensure that the correct amount of moisture is removed from the air.

Once you have room chosen you now need to measure the square footage of said room. The square footage number will help you in determining just what size dehumidifier that you need. To find the square footage you need to measure the width and the length of the room. Let’s say for example you are measuring for a bedroom that measures ten feet long and twelve feet wide. Ten times twelve equals one-hundred and twenty square feet. 

These square footage measurements will aid you in picking a portable dehumidifier. However, if you are looking to dehumidify your entire home then you may look at a whole home dehumidifier. These units can actually be attached to your central air conditioner and be routed through your central duct work. While the cost may be expensive at first you will end up seeing monthly savings on your energy bill and a longer life from your central air conditioner due to the dehumidifier taking some of the work off of the AC. These whole system dehumidifiers can work on homes up to three-thousand square feet.

Determining Dampness

Before you purchase you should keep in mind that once you determine the minimum capacity you need  for your room that you should always go up slightly. By going up in capacity, say from a twelve pint to a sixteen pint, you are able to increase the overall efficiency of your dehumidifier. This is because the larger unit will not have to work as hard as a unit that was right at the minimum level.

When you have your square footage determined you next need to figure out how damp the room is that you are trying to dehumidify. There are a few different dampness ratings that we can assign to your room. Knowing these will allow us to guide you on what kind of dehumidifier to purchase.

Moderately Damp – When you enter the room you may notice that the air feels clammy or even damp. There may also be a musty odor when the weather is humid outside. This may be a lot of your basements. The recommend capacity for a moderately damp room is between ten to twenty-six pints, or between five to twelve liters.

    • A five-hundred square feet area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of ten pints or four point seven liters. Our recommended product is the Eurgeen Compact 20 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A one-thousand square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of fourteen pints or six point six liters. Our recommend product is the Eurgeen Compact 20 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A fifteen-hundred square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of eighteen pints or eight point five liters. Our recommend product is the Eurgeen Compact 20 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A two-thousand square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of twenty-two pints or ten liters. Our recommend product is the hOmeLabs 30 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.
    • A twenty-five-hundred square foot area that is moderately damp will require a dehumidifier with a capacity of twenty-six pints or twelve liters. Our recommend product is the hOmeLabs 30 Pint Portable Dehumidifier.

Very Damp – When you enter this room you may notice that it always smells musty and the air feels clammy or damp. You may even notice damp spots on the floor, walls, or windows.  The recommend capacity for a very damp area is between twelve to thirty-two pints, or between five point seven to fifteen point one liters.

Wet – When you enter this room you may notice that it always smells musty and the air feels clammy or damp. You will also notice water beading on the floors, walls, windows, or elsewhere. You may also see moisture seeping at the edges of the room. The recommend capacity for a wet area is between fourteen to thirty-eight pints, or between six point six to eighteen liters.

Very Wet – When you enter this room you may notice that it always smells musty and the air feels clammy or damp. You will also notice water beading on the floors, walls, windows, or elsewhere. You may also see moisture seeping at the edges of the room. The difference here though between wet and very wet is that with the very wet section you will notice actual standing water on the floor. The recommend capacity for a very wet area is between sixteen to forty-four pints, or between seven point six to twenty point eight liters.

Other Buying Considerations

Along with the choosing the right size there are other, more minor, factors that should be taken into consideration. The first is the overall portability of the appliance. If you are buying a dehumidifier for one of your rooms, or even your basement, how easy is it to move? Does it come with rollers, or does it have to be carried? This may not mean much if you intend to set it and forget it in one room, but if you want the ability to move the dehumidifier around then portability definitely worth reviewing.

Another small factor is the overall size of the tank that will be holding the water that is removed from the air. Obviously, the larger the tank the less often you will have to empty it. This is just more of a convenience factor then anything though. The size of tanks can vary wildly from model to model. You may also even find some units that come with a drainage hose that can be fed to your basement drain or even your sink. All of this is a matter of preference, obviously the easiest solution is going with the hose option.

Something else to consider is what type of dehumidifier that you want for your home. In an earlier section we discussed the two types of dehumidifiers: Refrigerant based and desiccant based. The desiccant models are more efficient then refrigerant models, especially in colder temperature areas. The down side is that these systems also have a smaller capacity rating.  The desiccant models are also quieter than their refrigerant counterpart. If you were looking to cool just a bedroom or two then you may look at the desiccant.

 However, if you are having constant trouble with a part of your home that is hot and humid then you should be looking at the refrigerant models. A refrigerant based system will be more efficient in hotter temperatures. It all depends on temperature. If the area you are dehumidifying is below sixty-five degrees then you should go with the desiccant model and if your room is above sixty-five degrees then go with the refrigerant type model.

The ideal humidity setting in a room is between thirty to fifty percent. In most cases the dehumidifier  you chose will have a setting to allow you to customize the humidity within the room. You may have to play around with this setting until you find the exact number that works for you and your home.

Conclusion

Dehumidifiers can be a great help in aiding in the overall comfort of your home. If you or someone in your family is suffering from allergies or even asthma installing a dehumidifier is one of the first things you should do. Now, It’s not a cure all… nothing is, but it very well may help aid in their day to day comfort.

 Even if you don’t have someone in your home who is suffering from allergies a dehumidifier is a great solution for a damp or wet area. A lot of folks set these up in their basements to get rid of that mildew and damp smell.  

Whatever your reason is for showing interest in dehumidifiers I hope that this article was able to help you and answer your questions.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ