Households in winter can become excessively wet. Cooking, showering, clothes drying, poor ventilation and even breathing can contribute to a damp home. Dehumidifiers control humidity to protect your health and home furnishings. They also help make your home cheaper and faster to heat by removing excess moisture.
For many people the ideal humidity level is 50% - 60%. You don’t want to dry the air out too much as this can cause sore eyes and skin problems as your body becomes dehydrated also.
Save Money and Stay Healthy
- Dehumidifiers are a great low cost way to dry clothes.
- They will protect clothing, furniture and other household items from mold and mildew.
- Improve health as dehumidifiers help to reduce mold and mildew growth aiding asthma and allergy sufferers.
- Increased heating efficiency – dehumidifiers use very little power, e.g. the Dimplex 16L (GDDEK16) dehumidifier will use a maximum of 260W – that’s a maximum of 7c per hour. By taking moisture out of the air, dehumidifiers can save on heating costs as it’s easier to heat a dry home than a damp home.
- Using a dehumidifier will raise room temperature by a few degrees naturally
Getting the most out of your dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are most effective when operating from the centre of a room with doors and windows shut if possible. Keep the amount of dust and dirt to a minimum in the room or else the filters can clog up reducing efficiency and will need to be changed more frequently. Dry air can still harbour nasty allergens, bacteria and odours. So clean your air with HEPA and activated carbon filters. HEPA 13 filters remove 99.95% of airborne particles, including dust mites and their faeces, pet dander, mould spores and viruses. Activated carbon filters trap foul odours such as pet or cigarette smells as well as hydrocarbon poisons.