7 Features to Look for in a Dehumidifier for Better Indoor Air Quality Summit, NJ
High humidity levels can compromise the indoor air quality of your home. They can result in mold infestations and encourage the breeding of dust mites and other pests. Investing in a dehumidifier will help to reduce the humidity levels in your home.
There are several models in the market. This can make selecting a dehumidifier for your home difficult. The following are some factors to consider when choosing a dehumidifier for your home.
- The pint capacity of the dehumidifier
Pint capacity is the amount of moisture that the dehumidifier can remove from the space within a 24-hour period. The pint capacity is determined by the size of the area that the dehumidifier will be placed in as well as the level of initial moisture in the space. You will need to measure your space to determine the best capacity for your space.
- A hydrostat or humidistat
Ensure that the dehumidifier you purchase has a humidistat or hydrostat. This measures the relative humidity of the space. It feeds the information to the dehumidifier to allow it to make adjustments.
If the model you’re interested in does not have a humidistat, you can purchase one separately.
- Auto restart
This feature ensures that the dehumidifier will restart automatically. You therefore won’t need to turn it on manually in case of a power interruption or power failure. You’re therefore sure that humidity levels in your space will be kept under control.
- Automatic shut-off
You not only want the dehumidifier to restart on its own after a power failure, but also to be able to shut off on its own. Automatic shut off will help to save energy as the dehumidifier will only run when the humidity levels are higher than a certain level. This feature will also help to prevent overflow in models with tanks as the dehumidifier will turn off when the water tank is full.
- Low-temperature operation
The dehumidifier you purchase should be suited for operating in low-temperature environments. This is especially the case if the dehumidifier will be installed in a crawlspace or basement.
- Low-noise operation
Dehumidifiers can be very noisy when they are operating. Unless you can put up with the loud humming noise every time the dehumidifier is turned on, you should choose a dehumidifier with low-noise operation.
- Air filter
Air filters help to clean air that is drawn into the dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers with air filters not only get rid of moisture drawn into the dehumidifier but also air impurities. They therefore do double duty to improve indoor air quality.
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