Are you feeling uncomfortably stuffy in your home? Do you struggle to stay cool? Then your home might have a humidity problem.
High humidity is not just a problem for your comfort levels. It can cause overheating, fatigue, dehydration, respiratory issues and other nasty side effects. It can also affect the cleanliness of your home: high humidity traps dirt, attracts dust mites, and encourages mould growth.
If the humidity in your home is too high, you should consider investing in a dehumidifier. Not only does it keep moisture levels at a comfortable level, but it will help clear your air, assist with respiratory illnesses or asthma, and even help dry clothes instead of using a dryer.
Devanti wants to make your life easier, so we’ve developed a buying guide for you to find your perfect dehumidifier.
What is the best type of dehumidifier?
Dehumidifiers are differentiated based on how they remove moisture from the air. There are many different types, but the main kinds you’ll find for residential homes are:
The air is cooled, dehumidified, and then re-released. This is great for hot climates but will only make a cold home colder in the winter.
Takes the air and passes it through a desiccant (water molecule holding) material. Optimal for cold and warm climates. They are not as energy efficient as refrigerant units.
If you’re having consistent moisture and humidity issues, this may be a solution for you. This will need to be installed by a professional but will be able to handle a house worth of humidity. This type has the highest price tag, but if you have chronic respiratory issues or severe allergies the price will be worth it.
Easy to move, affordable and perfect for a medium-sized room, portable models are made to be moved around as needed. If you only have mild humidity problems, this is the best choice for you.
What should my humidity level be?
Whatever dehumidifier you choose, you should be keeping your humidity level between 30-50%. Lower levels of humidity lead to very dry air, which will exacerbate conditions such as eczema, asthma and dry skin. Higher humidity attracts dust mites and mould, which will exacerbate allergies. While your individual comfort level may vary, 30-50% is the ideal indoor humidity for most home.
How big is your space?
What size room are you trying to dehumidify? You need a unit with the right capacity and power to remove enough moisture to keep your room at the desired levels. Choose a model that has a recommended room size equal to or larger than the room you are using it in. Take note: larger dehumidifiers are typically more effective and energy-efficient than smaller models.
Where does all the water go from the air? Most dehumidifiers (especially small or portable models) have a tank that will fill and automatically shut the machine off when full. Other dehumidifiers will include a hose to dispose of the wastewater into a drain or outdoor garden. Find a model that suits your lifestyle.
Other special features
There is a wide array of features across dehumidifiers, but here are the ones that might help you the most:
- A humidistat that allows you to set a precise humidity level and then automatically maintains it without you touching a thing.
- Easy-to-clean filters to keep your air feeling pure and fresh.
- Wheels or handles for portability.
- Timers to help you run the dehumidifiers automatically at the right times.
- A quiet mode or general quiet operation to avoid disturbing your daily activities or sleep.
Stop living bogged-in and start living comfortably with a Devanti dehumidifier. We have models for all kinds of climates and homes, so you can always enjoy your ideal air quality.