When buying a phone, are we not up-to-date on its specifications and workings? Likewise, having a little knowledge regarding a dehumidifier and its specifications will help us choose the right model.
This article will be on the specifications of a dehumidifier and will prove beneficial to both readers; those reading up on dehumidifiers for the very first time or those already familiar with the workings of a dehumidifier.
Imagine making a checklist to aid with your selection. The first point to see for would be the size of a dehumidifier. The second one should be the features or specifications of the model. Hence I have listed down the features that every potential consumer should be aware off.
The water reservoir
This is known by many names such as the bucket, tray, water tank or the reservoir. As the name states, it is used for collecting the water droplets, formed when the excess atmospheric moisture condenses on the coils of the unit. The water tray is found in most models of dehumidifier but absent in those that use silica gels and crystals for absorbing the moisture.
It is commonly used in the refrigerant variety of dehumidifier and needs to be emptied on a regular basis. Manual emptying of reservoir trays can be avoided if you opt for models with an indicator light or auto shut off setting. They signal or automatically switch off the device respectively when the bucket is filled. While the advantages are that it prevents water overflow and physical emptying, the downside is that these units may be expensive.
Talking about water collection brings us to the next important issue i.e. draining the water. As mentioned earlier, if there is a reservoir tray, manual emptying of the tray is expected. But if you don’t want to trouble yourself with the hassle of regular emptying and monitoring, you may want to check out the possibility of a dehumidifier with an option for continuous drainage.
A model with a condensate pump is beneficial as it can direct the water into a sink or drain or your choice. But the unit may need to be placed at higher level as it relies on the pull of gravity to drain the water. Although this method can be taxing and limiting as we need to find a height above the drain, it works great for those not keen on manually emptying the bucket.
If you want to place your dehumidifier in the basement, the ideal model would be one which operates in low temperatures. The basements have an increased level of humidity as compared to other rooms and temperature can also drop to as low as 41 Fahrenheit or lower.
Drop in temperature raises up the issue of frost formation on the coils, therefore, the best basement dehumidifiers are those with an automatic defrost option, to prevent a build-up of frost on the units.
The humidistat is an essential component of the dehumidifier using which we regulate the humidity levels as we please. In the absence of such a specification, setting the dehumidifier to the right level of required humidity is extremely difficult. Therefore, the wiser move would be to choose a model sporting this feature.
If you’re planning on moving your dehumidifier within the house or into the basement, then having a unit with a caster wheels will be a blessing. Almost all units have them, along with a built in carry handle, making it easier to move them around.
After a power outage the unit will automatically switch on, along with following the previously programmed settings and saves you the trouble of having to manually switch it. The feature is especially handy, when your dehumidifier is in the basement, as it saves you the hassle of going up and down the stairs.
With prolonged usage, the air filters will be dirty and full of airborne contaminants like mold spores, dust mites, dusts and different allergens. Ideally these air filters ought to be cleaned regularly.
Therefore, for the sake of healthier environment, it is best you choose models with washable air filters. The latest models have an air filter similar to those found on air purifiers.
A built in timer, allows us to control the timing of our unit, i.e. when to turn on-off. These can be programmed to set the unit to operate for duration of 24 hours after which it will automatically switch off. The advantage of having a built in timer is that it assists with conservation of energy.
The faster the fan, the faster the air is dried, especially when there has been a spill. Current available models, gives us the facility of choosing from two or more speeds.
All the features I have mentioned were designed with the sole aim of making the functioning of a unit easier. But it’s up to you to decide whether it’s important or essential to your requirements.
Also unlike the common notion, of costlier the unit, the better the facilities, I have found some of the less expensive units to be equally effective. Hence, read up on my reviews to know more about each model.