A dehumidifier is the perfect choice for keeping moisture and humidity at good levels in an area. High levels of humidity are conducive for the growth of mold and mildew or for an environment that harbors pests like mites and silverfish. Understanding the correct way to use a dehumidifier effectively keeps the basement or bedrooms dry and free from disease causing organisms or other pests. Here are some helpful tips on how to use a dehumidifier to get rid of dampness in the home.
1.Positioning the Dehumidifier.The first and foremost important role about using a dehumidifier is to give it the space it needs. It should be standing on its own at a minimal distance of 8 inches all around it. By providing it with the space it needs, it ensures that the appliance can draw in the air necessary through its internal fans. 2.How to Install It – Basically, it should be on a flat surface and leveled the floor. Anything else will just cause the water to leak out and spill onto the surface through its reservoir, possibly damaging flooring and sub-flooring. 3.Keeping Windows and Doors Closed When in Operation.Doors and windows must be kept closed when operating a dehumidifier, much like the way you would heat or cool your home.
4.Safety Procedures – Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions and directions on the use and operation of the appliance. Each product is different from the next, having its own set of electrical safety measures. Dehumidifiers should only be plugged into outlets that are grounded, especially since water and electricity can be so lethal. 5.Maintaining the Appliance – The dehumidifier works with coils and grills, and these can easily become clogged with dust and debris. The important thing is to use it only in a clean area, and when storing it, cover and seal it with a plastic bag.
While taking the dampness from the home, the dehumidifier accumulates water from the air. This is named grey water and is in the same category as dish water or laundry water. Many units require that the water is emptied. Many models come with an indicator light that displays exactly when the water container is filled. Some machines turn off automatically. Most people check for accumulated water at least once a day.
Your home dehumidifier also works by drawing in hot humid air and cooling it over coils. Condensation takes places on the coils causing water to drips into the container reservoir. However, when temperatures fall drastically to around 36 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the coils begin to ice up. When this happens, the unit might continue working, but it will not be extracting water from the air. The solution is to turn it off and let the coils thaw. Generally a dehumidifier uses around 160 kWh of power every month to keep your house cool. This helps in cutting down on your power costs especially during summer because you would minimize running your air condition considerably.