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How To Use A Dehumidifier: Everything You Need To Know

Published by 911 Restoration Central Maryland on August 10, 2022 in category: Home Improvement

Commonly dehumidifiers are used to treat or prevent mold and water damages. A dehumidifier will make your home more comfortable if your home’s humidity is between 40-50% and above. You can avoid potential damage by knowing how to properly use a humidifier.

These devices can be helpful in many ways. These devices can protect your home from mold and mildew by allowing air to circulate in areas that are not well ventilated. A dehumidifier can also be used to dry out your home following water damage. You can also use a dehumidifier to dry out your home after water damage has occurred.


What is a dehumidifier?

A dehumidifier, a home appliance used to reduce humidity in the home, is common. They reduce moisture levels in your home, which can prevent mildew, rust and mold growth. They can also remove musty odors, which helps to keep your home healthy and comfortable. Many dehumidifiers can be used to treat allergies and other respiratory conditions.


How to use a dehumidifier effectively

Make sure your dehumidifier is working at its maximum efficiency by using it correctly. The dehumidifier works by taking in moist air and condensing it within the device. The dehumidifier stores the water droplets in a bucket. This water will settle in the bucket if it is not properly cleaned. Standing water can cause mildew and other harmful bacteria. These harmful particles can easily be spread by a poorly maintained dehumidifier. The dehumidifiers function in a similar way to the HVAC system’s air conditioner. The only difference is the fact that the dehumidifier does not expel heat from the condenser outside your home.


When and where to use your dehumidifier

The humidity of outside air in most parts of the United States is much higher than that found indoors. The moisture levels in your home will be affected by outside air. When running a humidifier, make sure that you keep all doors and windows shut. Your dehumidifier should be placed where it is most effective. Higher moisture levels are likely in your basement or bathroom. These are the best areas to place a humidifier to reduce moisture levels.


How To Set A Dehumidifier?

How to use a dehumidifier correctly

You should generally set your dehumidifier at a relative humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. Low humidity levels (less than 30%) can make the air feel dry. High humidity levels (more than 50%) can make it feel wet. Low and high humidity levels can make it difficult for you to breathe, especially if your breathing difficulties are severe.


Cold weather vs. warm weather

It is easy to see how difficult it can be for humidity control when your dehumidifier runs through the seasons. Because there is more moisture, the device works well in warmer months. Two things to remember when using your winter dehumidifier are: 

First, if the dehumidifier is too cold, the water inside could freeze and cause damage. If you have cold winters that are often below freezing, you might consider purchasing a dehumidifier with charcoal desiccants.


Cleaning your dehumidifier

A dehumidifier can be one of the most simple and convenient ways to keep your home free from mold and moisture. For the most cost-effective and efficient operation, make sure your dehumidifier is well maintained.


The water collection bucket should be empty

Emptying the water is one of the most important tasks to do for a dehumidifier. Modern models have an indicator light to indicate when the water level is low. Open the hatch to the bucket collection container and remove it. You should be careful not to splash any of the water onto the floor or outdoors when you empty it. Finally, use a damp cloth or sponge to clean the bucket. This will prevent mildew.


Clean the rest of the dehumidifiers parts

You should inspect the entire dehumidifier on a regular basis to ensure the best performance. Separate other parts of the dehumidifier, such as the exhaust grill or air filter, and inspect them for damage. You can gently clean any dust or debris with a vacuum cleaner and a brush attachment.


How to use a dehumidifier for mold elimination?

While a dehumidifier will not kill active mold, it can help prevent its growth. This can be used to prevent mold growth from occurring in the first place. Simply run the dehumidifier for several hours in the room with an active mold problem.


How to dry a room with a dehumidifier?

The relative humidity of a room drops when it is heated up. Hot air has more water vapor than cold air. This allows the air to retain more water. The result is that there’s more moisture extracted from damp clothing and other materials. Dehumidification produces heat as a byproduct. A dehumidifier will increase the temperature in a drying area , thus increasing the drying process.


What if my humidity is still high?

Sometimes, a larger area requires more than a store-bought dehumidifier. To prevent mold growth or water damage, 911 Restoration of Central Maryland is able to assist. To help clients with moisture issues, we keep several industrial dehumidifiers at our workshop.

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