June 23, 2015
Shopping for a dehumidifier for your southwest Florida home?
Make sure you get the best one for your home by following these steps:
Ready? Let’s get started.
What do you want to achieve with the dehumidifier?
Are you just trying to dry up a damp, musty room? If you just have a single problem room or area (like a laundry room), get a smaller and portable dehumidifier.
But, if like many other Florida homes, you want to dehumidify your entire home, consider a whole-home humidifier.
Read more about the pros and cons of portable vs. whole-home dehumidifiers.
A dehumidifier size is measured by the amount of water it can remove from the air in one day.
For example, a 60-pint dehumidifier can remove 60 pints of water from the air in a 24-hour period.
To know the size dehumidifier you need, you need to know 2 things:
Here’s a chart that helps you find the minimum size you need for your application.
Source: Energy Star based on data from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM).
Note that there are 2 different testing methods to measure the capacity of a dehumidifier. You must know the difference in order to make an apples-to-apples comparison of different dehumidifiers.
The 2 methods are:
Saturation is like the dehumidifiers’ highway MPG and the AHAM conditions its city MPG.
A dehumidifier that can remove 70 pints at AHAM conditions will remove more humidity than one that can remove 70 pints at saturation.
Depending on where you’re placing your dehumidifier, noise level can be another concern.
Noise is measured in decibels and most dehumidifiers won’t be more than about 50 decibels. You’ll be able to talk comfortably over that level of noise, but you’ll definitely hear it.
So if you’re installing the dehumidifier in an area like a home theater or living room where quiet operation is important, consider a model that’s been insulated to be super quiet.
If noise is a big concern, a whole-home dehumidifier can be a great option. Since it’s installed in your duct system, not in a specific room, you won’t hear it much at all.
Of course, if you’re placing the dehumidifier somewhere noise isn’t a big concern, you can probably get away with a louder model.
At first glance, a dehumidifier is a dehumidifier. But there are several features you should consider that can make them easier to use. Here are a few examples:
If you don’t maintain your dehumidifier correctly, it can actually become a breeding ground for mold, mildew and other indoor air contaminants. Make sure you’re emptying the reservoir regularly and changing or cleaning the filter as recommended by the manufacturer.
Cool Today is Florida’s leading home comfort expert. For help finding a whole-home dehumidifier that’s right for your home, contact us.
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