How do Dehumidifiers Work

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As we head into the warmer months, humidity levels in our homes can rise, causing discomfort and potentially damaging our belongings. This is where dehumidifiers come in. But how do dehumidifiers work, and what should you know before purchasing one? Our dehumidifier experts provide a comprehensive guide to understanding how they work and how to choose the right one for your home.

What is a Dehumidifier and How Does it Work?

A dehumidifier is an appliance that removes excess moisture from the air to improve indoor air quality and prevent mold growth. It works by drawing in humid air through a fan and passing it over a cold coil. As the air cools, the moisture condenses and collects in a reservoir or is drained through a hose. The drier air is then released back into the room.

Types of Dehumidifiers

There are two main types of dehumidifiers: refrigerant and desiccant. Refrigerant dehumidifiers are the most common and work by using a compressor and refrigerant to cool the air. Desiccant dehumidifiers use a moisture-absorbing material like silica gel to remove moisture from the air.

Choosing the Right Size Dehumidifier

When choosing a dehumidifier, it’s important to consider the size of the room or area you want to dehumidify. A unit that is too small won’t be effective, while a unit that is too large will waste energy. A general rule of thumb is to choose a dehumidifier that can remove at least 10 pints of moisture per day for every 500 square feet of space.

Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier

Using a dehumidifier can provide numerous benefits, including improved indoor air quality, reduced mold and mildew growth, and decreased moisture-related damage to your home and belongings. It can also help alleviate allergy and asthma symptoms by reducing the amount of dust mites and other allergens in the air.

Maintaining Your Dehumidifier

To ensure your dehumidifier continues to work effectively, it’s important to regularly clean and maintain it. This includes emptying the reservoir or draining the hose, cleaning the filter, and checking the coils for any buildup.

Contact Our Dehumidifier Installers

Dehumidifiers can be a valuable addition to any home, especially in areas with high humidity levels. By understanding how dehumidifiers work and choosing the right one for your needs, you can improve your indoor air quality and protect your home and belongings from moisture-related damage. If you’re interested in installing a dehumidifier in your home, contact Wolff's Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for expert advice and installation services.

If indoor air quality is a major problem for you, call Tingley Home Services at (508) 456-8838 and schedule your dehumidifier consultation today