If you live in a climate where the humidity can get pretty high, you know what a difference a humidifier can make in the comfort of your home. But how do you know which of the several house humidifiers are right for your situation? Here are a few suggestions to help you select the right dehumidifiers for your climate.
Humidity has a way of impacting certain areas in the home, especially spots that are used for storage. If clothing or similar articles are kept in these spots, there is an added danger of mildew as a result of the higher humidity. In order to prevent this from happening, there are dehumidifiers that are custom made for those spots. As an example, a closet dehumidifier can make all the difference in keeping your hanging clothing from developing any spots from mildew, as well as keep the garments smelling fresh and clean.
Basements are sometimes simply an afterthought, especially in older homes. They may or may not be finished into usable living space. In the case of an unfinished basement, there is a much greater potential for humidity. These conditions can lead to a more rapid deterioration of anything that is stored in the basement. For this reason, basement dehumidifiers are recommended as a way of limiting the amount of damage that can be done over time. Even if your basement is properly insulated and finished, it is still a good idea to spot a dehumidifier in the space, especially if you have upholstered furniture in use or in storage. The humidifier will cost pennies a day to run and it wills save you a great deal of money in replacement costs.
Our air ducts and crawl spaces can be impacted by high humidity as well, creating a breeding ground that can result in mold and mildew buildup. Who wants to breathe in all that extra contaminants? By adding crawl space dehumidifiers to your home, you help to lower the risk of this type of buildup. Over time, this can save you a great deal of money, as you will have to flush out the spaces less frequently. Along with the savings, you also are making sure the air that circulates through the ductwork is much healthier.
It may be that your climate is not one where you have to deal with humidity all year long. If that is the case, you may be able to manage quite well with portable dehumidifiers that you put into place for a portion of the year, and then store when their services are not required. Beware of purchasing cheap dehumidifiersfor this purpose. Rather than look at the price tag, check to see how large an area the unit is made to take care of, and also check it for information about the rate per hour that it will pull humidity from the area. You may find yourself with a small price tag on the front end, but with an increased power bill on the back end.
Along with the price, make sure you do not buy small dehumidifiers that are simply not large enough for the space. The constant strain will lead to failure of the unit, and you will have to replace the dehumidifier much more quickly than you had anticipated. Also make sure that your units will work in tandem to do the job you need. As an example, a refrigerant dehumidifier may pull a great deal of humidity from the area, but you may still need to follow up with one or two desiccant dehumidifiers as part of your overall scheme.
Desiccant dehumidifiers absorb the moisture by having the air pass through a filter of some sort. While they can pull humidity out of the air with that may be left behind by a refrigerant dehumidifier, it is important to note that you will need to change the filtering agent very regularly. Often a refrigerant dehumidifier will handle the lion's share of the job, and you can use the desiccant dehumidifier to put the finishing touches on the area.