The British weather is wet most of the year round, with winter and early spring being the worst time. Although there are other cheaper options to getting rid of excess moisture in your home, there comes a time when only a dehumidifier will do. Here, we explain how to use your Dehumidifier – when to use it, and how to ensure it works efficiently.
What Does a Dehumidifier Do?
When a room or building gets damp, there is a strong risk of condensation. This damp can settle on the paint and other surfaces, creating a film that can lead to mould that may become a health risk. Heat (radiators, log fire) is usually enough, but sometimes you may need a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air, reducing the risk of condensation and mildew. They usually have several settings so you can set the right moisture level for your comfort.
Empty the Dehumidifier Regularly
Although the main models in the dehumidifier range have larger capacities, you may be surprised at how quickly moisture can build in a room. Ideally, check it once a day if you need to leave it on all the time. If going for prolonged periods without using it, we recommend emptying the water chamber every day. In order to keep the weight down when moving, always empty the chamber when moving it to another room.
Keep the Windows and Doors Closed
You will most typically experience damp in the bathroom or a bedroom. To ensure that the dehumidifier is working at its most efficient in the chosen room, ensure that other environments don’t contribute to the problem too. Keep windows and doors closed at all times when the dehumidifier is running, rather like keeping windows closed when air conditioning is running. This is the only way to create and maintain the ideal humidity. Also, always use extractor fans when showering or cooking.
Time and Space are Everything
Ideally, you want to place the dehumidifier as close to the centre of the room as possible and away from furniture. Obstacles can reduce their efficiency; your dehumidifier needs as much space as you are able to give it. The right timing can also ensure you get the best use from the device. They can be expensive to run, so if you have an energy efficient tariff such as Economy 7, run it at night – particularly in the bedroom where moisture levels are at their highest.
Have a Good Clean Up
If it’s been some time since you used your dehumidifier, or it’s been some time since you had a clean, it’s important that you do so. Dehumidifiers can suck dust from the carpets and furniture, creating an unpleasant environment to live in. The cleaner it is, the better the air will feel and the unit will not clog up with dust and other particles that could reduce its effectiveness.
Experiment with the Humidity Level
Some models will read the humidity of a room when plugged in. Ideal humidity of a room is between 30% and 50%. It’s likely to be lower in summer and higher in the colder months. Experiment with what works for you and your home, but don’t set it too low or too high. Too dry a room can irritate your skin and throat. Too high and it won’t work.