Enhancing Air Quality with a Dehumidifier
Humidity can be a serious cause for concern for both for your home and your health. Overly moist environments are havens for mold and bacteria, and sufficiently humid homes often carry a very displeasing smell. Aside from the obvious health risk that comes with breathing in stale air, humidity can cause significant damage to furniture, flooring, and even the structure of the home itself.
Identifying a home in need of an electronic dehumidifier is a relatively simple task. In extreme cases, mold and fungus will develop and be very visible in the corners of your home or on the ceiling. Heat generated from a shower will often result in mold or fungus growth originating in the bathroom, so if you suspect your home has a humidity issue, the first place to look is often there.
As the name implies, a dehumidifier works by removing humidity from the air. Moisture is removed from the air through a process called adsorption. Adsorbent substances within the dehumidifier do the work of taking in the external moisture and ejecting air with far less humidity. The efficiency of the process relies on the type of adsorbent material used, but most tanks use an aluminum-based material for the process.
Regarding the excess moisture, the dehumidifier pools the removed humidity into a tank which needs to be emptied on a regular basis. Most modern dehumidifiers also have a float sensor that will shut the machine down once triggered to prevent tank overflow. Some dehumidifiers contain an attachment with a hose extension that allow for constant moisture removal and can be a very convenient option as opposed to manual tank emptying. The size of the tank, the humidity levels of your home and the type of adsorbent material in your dehumidifier will all play a major role in how often the tank must be emptied.
Because a dehumidifier will likely be operating at all times in your home, energy efficiency is a major topic of discussion. The energy efficiency of your dehumidifier is determined by what is known as the machine’s energy factor, which is defined as Liters of moisture removed per kilowatt hour. The higher this value, the more energy efficient the device is.
One final thing to consider when it comes to dehumidifiers is their range of effectiveness. Dehumidifiers range greatly in both size and cost, so it is important to know the dimensions of your home. A dehumidifier meeting your home’s specifications can be a great boon to your air quality, so if your home is suffering from humidity issues, consider purchasing a dehumidifier.