Yaufey 30 Pint Dehumidifier for Home Basements Bedroom Garage
- Very Competitive Price Point When Compared to Other Models
- Humidity Can Be Set At a Range Between Thirty to Eighty Percent
- This Dehumidifier Comes an Auto-Defrost Feature That Prevents System Lock-Ups A Sixty Day Money Back Guarantee and
- Very Basic Dehumidifier, But Sometimes Simple is Preferable Over Complicated
- One Year Warranty with Ability to Opt Into a Two Year Warranty Upon Registration
- This Product has Minimal Features and Options
- This is a Smaller Sized Dehumidifier and Can Handle Damp Rooms up to Fifteen-Hundred Square Feet
- Delivery Issues - Product Should Be Shipped Upright
- Reports of Failures Out of the Box
- Mold Can Grow Inside The Dehumidifier It Not Cleaned
If you’re like me then you most likely don’t think dehumidifiers very often. If you don’t need one in your home then it is never thought about. However, the moment you start to see things go wrong in your home such as a damp/musty smell in your basement, water collecting on the inside of the windows, or worst case having standing water form in your basement then you know it is time to get a dehumidifier.
The ideal humidity range for us is between forty to sixty percent. If you go lower then forty percent then you’ll end up with dry and cracking skin. In the extreme cases you respiratory tract can begin to dry out resulting in increased sickness and infections. On the other side of the coin if your humidity is over sixty percent in your home then you can experience the symptoms we mentioned above such as damp smells and water problems.
Along with those symptoms your home or room will have an increased likelihood for allergens to form. These allergens can vary widely from dust mites, fungus, to mold. In some cases the mold can get quite bad and begin growing on your walls, ceilings, floors, blankets, and even on your clothes. All of this can wreak havoc on a normal person’s allergy responses but if you or someone in your family suffers from asthma then that adds a whole other level to the suffering.
If you are experiencing these symptoms then a dehumidifier may be just what you need. Adding a dehumidifier to your room, basement, or home will allow you set the humidity percent to your desired level. So, if you find that fifty percent works best for you then all you have to do is set the controls and turn that machine on. It should be noted though that a dehumidifier is not a cure all. I like to think of them as a symptoms reliever. For example, if you have water in your basement time and time again then there may be another issue at hand. Perhaps you have a leak in your foundation. Adding a dehumidifier will get rid of the standing water but it will not fix the problem. Also, if you have a mold problem the dehumidifier will not remove the mold. Instead it will make the area less hospitable so that mold can no longer grow. So, that means you will still need to have the mold removed from the area.
Selecting a dehumidifier can be a tough decision. There are dozens of models and sizes out there. Each come with their own specific set of features. How are you to know which one is right for you? Well folks in this article we are going to do an in-depth product review of the Yaufey thirty pint dehumidifier model. We’re going to look at it’s features, the pros, and the cons. At the end of this article you should have a fairly good idea if this is the unit for you. Let’s take a look!
First thing’s first folks. Before we get into the various features and options that come with this model we need to determine if this is the right sized unit for your home. Most of the time a dehumidifier will come in three different sizes. These are your thirty pint, fifty pint, and seventy pint. These sizes are a measurement of how much water the dehumidifier can remove from your home within a twenty-four hour period. There are smaller and larger sizes then the ones that I mentioned above but in most scenarios one of these sizes should satisfy your needs.
As to what size that you need, there are a few questions I need to ask you. First, how big is the room that you are looking to dehumidify? Is it five-hundred or one-thousand square feet? This could be a garage or smaller basement. Or, is it over one-thousand square feet? Next, how wet is the room that you are looking at? Is there just a damp or musty smell but no signs of beading or standing water? Or, is there water droplets forming on the inside of your windows? Is there standing water on the floor? There are a few different measures of this, but to keep things simple today let’s go with a damp or a wet room.
This thirty pint model from Yaufey will be a great fit for a room under one-thousand square feet and if that room is damp. It would not be a good fit in the same sized room if the room is wet. The wetter the room the larger the size of dehumidifier that you are going to need. So, if you have standing water in the room the a thirty pint model isn’t going to cut it. You may need to move up to the fifty, or in some cases even the seventy pint. The good news here is that with dehumidifiers going a larger size then you need isn’t a problem. If you are not sure exactly what size you need then I would suggest going up one size to ensure that your appliance is the right size for the job.
Ok folks so now can move onto the meat and potatoes of this article, the product features. In this section we are going to review each and every possible thing that is on this dehumidifier. The first and most important feature is the humidity settings. When you power this unit on it will display to you on a digital screen the actual humidity in the room. From here you can then press the setting button to adjust the humidity to your desired level. This unit has a humidity range between thirty to eighty percent and each adjustment will take the setting up or down by five percent.
Continuing on with the options on this control panel we have the timer setting. This option will allow you to enter in either a delayed start or a delayed stop. In other words, you can set the appliance not to turn on until five hours as passed. Or, you can set the dehumidifier to run for six hours and then automatically shut-off. This setting can be adjusted in one-hour increments all the way up to twenty-four hours. This is a great feature if you want it to run during the night and have it shut-off during the day.
This next setting is rather basic, but it’s worth mentioning anyways. There is a speed setting. Adjusting this will change the fan from normal to high. The higher the fan’s setting the more quickly the unit will remove moisture from the room. Perhaps starting out you can have this set to high but as the room begins to air out you can adjust back down.
This appliance can remove up to four gallons, or thirty pints, of water per day. All dehumidifiers come with a water tank. After all, where does all that water go that they are removing? In the case of this model it has a 3.8 pint tank capacity, or .47 gallons. When this water tank is full the machine will shut-off and an indicator will light up on the control panel informing you that the bucket needs emptied.
If you are not a fan of constantly emptying the water bucket there is also a continuous drain option. This works by attaching a simple garden hose to the continuous drain and then routing the hose to a floor drain nearby. Please remember that this hose will be gravity fed. In other words, it cannot drain upwards into a sink or bathtub. Instead it will have be routed to a drain that is lower then the dehumidifier itself.
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 flood 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. In the case of this Yaufey dehumidifier model it uses the HFC refrigerant known as R-134a. This is most likely the same refrigerant that is used in your car.
Because dehumidifiers are the same as air conditioners you can also run into very similar problems such as the coils on the evaporator freezing. I won’t get into the technical reasons as to why this can occur, but it can happen and when it does your dehumidifier will freeze up and no longer work as intended. The good news here is that the this product comes with an automatic defrost feature. When this feature is engaged it will turn the air conditioner part of the dehumidifier off and just run the fan. This will cause the ice to melt on the coils over time and result in the system running again. A word of caution here though, if this keeps occurring then you may need to deep clean the dehumidifier to prevent future occurrences.
The last few options that I want to mention here are rather basic but still worth a short mention. The first is that this unit comes with an easily removable filter. Dehumidifier filters should be cleaned once a month and this unit’s filter is easily able to be popped out, cleaned, and popped right back in. Lastly, this unit only weighs in about about twenty-five pounds and it comes with roller wheels to make transporting a breeze.
First, I have to mention the price point on this product. I know I’ve already said this before but this product is aggressively priced when compared to other models. If you are looking to save a bit of money and not worried about having extra features then I would pick this product! You get a great price and a solution to your problem. Just keep in mind though folks that this is a smaller dehumidifier it will not work in large areas and it will not work in very wet areas. This was designed for a damp basement that is under one-thousand square feet. Or, it was designed for a bedroom. If you need a larger area then I suggest going up a size.
I swear I always end up doing this but it still happened. While writing the Product Features section I inadvertently include all of the Pros that I want to mention in this section. I don’t want to sound like a broken record here so instead I’ll provide one more Pro that I didn’t mention and then move onto the next section. That pro is the warranty. You see most dehumidifiers come with a twelve month warranty. It seems to be the standard. I’ve seen some other models with a twelve month warranty and a sixty day money back guarantee. I found something interesting though in this Yaufey model’s instruction booklet. If you register your product within sixty days then you will receive an additional twelve month warranty. That’s right folks, a full two year warranty. That is an impressive especially considering the price point of this product. You typically don’t see two year warranty until you get to the higher end products. The registration can be done at Yaufey’s website.
The two major cons on this product I have already touched on before. The first is the thirty pint size. This unit will NOT work in a large room especially if that room is wet or has reoccurring standing water. You should buy a larger sized unit in these situations. The other con is that this unit is rather bare bones. Yes, it will dehumidify your home but it does not have all of the bells and whistles as some of the other units out there.
Another important point of note here is that if your unit arrives to your home upside down then do NOT start it right away. As I have mentioned earlier a dehumidifier works just like an air conditioner or a refrigerator does. I’m sure that you’ve heard of not turning a refrigerator upside down, right? Well, the same principle applies. You see if the unit arrives upside down then all of the oil has most likely drained out of the compressor. With no oil this will cause a premature failure and your unit will be useless. If it has arrived upside down then put it right side up and then LEAVE it for a few days. I’d say two to three. By then the oil will have drained back to where it should be and you shouldn’t have any issues down the road. A good portion of the ‘negative’ reviews on this product is strictly because of this problem. It can be avoided though simply by doing the above instructions.
Be sure to clean your dehumidifier often. It is recommended that you wash the filter at least once a month. This can be done using a soft cloth and water. It is also suggested that you wipe down the outside of the unit every few weeks to ensure it stays clean. Please note that you should always turn off and unplug your appliance before cleaning. This is the safest approach.
Also do not let water sit in the tank for a large amount of time. While yes, the dehumidifier removes humidity from your home, it won’t do you any good if you leave it in your dehumidifier. If water is left in there or if you do not clean your unit regularly then you’ll end up mold growing on the inside of the unit. This defeats the entire purpose of having the dehumidifier as you now have your very own mold host! Be sure to clean your unit folks.
Alright folks so that about covers it. We’ve gone through all of the various product features on this Yaufey model and we have also taken a look at the various Pros and Cons. Overall I would say it’s a good buy as long as you are not using it for too large or too wet of an area. But hey, don’t take my word for it. If we look at our Amazon partner we can see that there are nearly five-hundred reviews out there with an average rating of four and a half our of five stars. That’s a ninety percent rating, an A if you will.
You get this highly rated product for a relatively lower price point. If you are interested in purchasing then please click here to be taken to Amazon. However, if you find that you need to do additional reading or need a different dehumidifier entirely please check out our dehumidifier buyer’s guide. This guide will take you through everything you would ever need to know about dehumidifiers. We go into sizing requirements, what features to look for, and many other topics.
The instruction manual for this dehumidifier can be found on the Yaufey website as well.