Dehumidifiers are used to remove moisture from the air of rooms or spaces that are excessively humid. With that, there are many questions revolving around dehumidifiers and their best practices.
This blog post will address common questions about dehumidifiers, what they are used for, where they should be placed and more.
What is a dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier is a home appliance that helps remove excess moisture from the air, which will create a more comfortable living environment and improve indoor air quality.
Why would I need a dehumidifier?
You will need a dehumidifier in your home if you are experiencing any of the following issues:
- Stuffy living space
- Mould and mildew issues
- Condensation on walls, windows or ceilings
- Musty odours
- Water damage to your belongings
Using a dehumidifier can also protect your home from mould damage, protect your electronics and wooden belongings from water damage and improve overall comfort in your home.
How does a dehumidifier work?
Dehumidifiers work by absorbing ambient air and removing excess moisture through a compressor or desiccant technology. Compressor technology involves using technology similar to that of a refrigerator. The extracted air is passed over a set of cold coils, which cools the air, causing moisture to condense into water droplets on the cold coils.
Desiccant dehumidifiers utilise a desiccant rotor made of zeolite, silica or a different absorbent material to absorb moisture from air passing through. Ionmax desiccant dehumidifiers utilise self-regenerating zeolite material as the desiccant rotor.
Desiccant dehumidifiers usually also have a heating element that raises the ambient temperature slightly.
LEARN MORE: Desiccant vs Compressor dehumidifiers
What is the ideal indoor humidity level?
The ideal indoor humidity level should be between 30 to 50 per cent. This level of humidity will deter the growth of mould and other pests. However, indoor humidity level depends on individual preference and comfort.
What are the benefits of using a dehumidifier?
Using a dehumidifier provides users with the benefits of improved indoor air quality, relief of allergy and asthma, mould prevention, odour reduction, preservation of belonging, condensation prevention, and many more.
How often should I run a dehumidifier?
Running a dehumidifier depends on several factors, including the current humidity level of your home, the current season, the targeted humidity level, and more. Generally, you can run a dehumidifier all day long until the unit’s tank is full.
The Ionmax+ ED18 industrial desiccant dehumidifier is designed for 24-hour use and can be paired to your mobile phone via the Ionmax app.
Where is the best place to put a dehumidifier?
The best place to put your dehumidifier would be in areas that are high in humidity and prone to water damage, such as basements, attics, bathrooms, wet kitchens, and more. You can also place your dehumidifier in the living room or any other common area during heavy rainfall.
Dehumidifiers are also commonly used in laundry rooms as they are able to speed up the laundry process, helping make your clothes dryer faster.
Is dehumidification really necessary?
Dehumidification can be necessary in certain situations and environments, but it’s not universally required for every household or space. Whether or not dehumidification is necessary depends on several factors, including climate, health considerations, property protection, comfort, and specific needs.
Is dehumidifier water clean?
The water that a dehumidifier collects is typically clean as it comes from ambient air in your home. However, the cleanliness of the water also depends on the conditions of the living space. For example, if a dehumidifier is employed to treat a mould issue, the collected water may not be as clean.
The condition of the water tank should also be a factor to consider, as leaving the collected water too long can lead to the growth of bacteria.
Generally, water collected from a dehumidifier is clean, but we would advise against consumption.
Can a dehumidifier stop the spread of mould?
Dehumidifiers can stop the spread of mould and bacteria by creating an environment that is not conducive to mould growth. However, if you have a current mould problem, it’s a good idea to employ the use of a dehumidifier with cleaning, scrubbing and using bleach on the affected area.
Ionmax manufactures a wide selection of zeolite desiccant and compressor dehumidifiers that are capable of removing up to 50 litres of moisture a day. Many of these units have also been recommended by CHOICE for performing highly on tests.
Ionmax dehumidifiers have also gained Sensitive Choice approval from the National Asthma Council for their potential benefits in helping those living with asthma.
Browse through Ionmax’s wide range of air treatment appliances that also include air purifiers and humidifiers to look for the right unit to meet your air purifying needs today.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for general reference only. Please seek advice from professionals according to your needs.