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The Best Dehumidifier ReviewsWelcome to our dehumidifier reviews website. In this website, we will be doing different types and brands of dehumidifier reviews to let you know more on how each of them work.

The reason you are here most probably is because you want to buy a dehumidifier but would like to know more about how each of them performed. So, let us take a look at what are the things to know when looking for a dehumidifier.

 

 

Table of Contents
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1. Dehumidifier Reviews Introduction
2. Why Buy a Dehumidifier
3. Cost Considerations
4. Noise Considerations
5. How Much Capacity Do You Need
6. How Easy To Maintain
7. Does It Use Non-Ozone Depleting Refrigerants?
8. Other Considerations
9. Our Reviews So Far

 

Dehumidifier Reviews Introduction

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When shopping for and distinguishing between specific dehumidifier models, it is important to read the dehumidifier reviews written by customers who have used those specific models.

However, it is also important to be armed with general information about what to look for in dehumidifiers so you can narrow down your choices. Below you will find useful tips that will help you make those decisions.

Why Buy a Dehumidifier?

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Dehumidifiers are appliances that remove excess moisture from the air. The ideal relative humidity inside a home is about 45 -50 percent. If you don’t know the relative humidity of your home, you can use a hygrometer to find out. If the moisture in the air persists at a rate higher than 50 percent, it can affect your family’s health as well as cause structural damage to your home.

Mold, mildew, bacteria, dust mites, moths, fleas, silverfish, and lice all thrive in a high humidity environment. These can cause or exacerbate allergies, sinus issues, asthma, colds, and other more serious respiratory ailments. If your home has a musky smell, you most likely have accelerated structural damage and you can greatly decrease your home’s upkeep costs by having a dehumidifier.

Cost Considerations

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While you will surely want to find a good deal on the dehumidifier you purchase, you also need to know about the hidden costs associated with dehumidifiers. What may seem like a great deal may not be when you add in these hidden costs.

Besides the initial cost of the dehumidifier, you will also be paying for the electricity it uses each month you run it. These monthly electricity charges can really add up. To run an dehumidifier in a home, it usually costs between $5 to $30 dollars a month. That’s about $60 to $360 a year. As you can see, the difference between the low end and the high end is $300 a year which is quite significant. The first step to reducing your electricity costs is to buy an energy efficient model. These usually come with an Energy Star rating. You can save 20 percent or more using an energy efficient model and the good ones work just as well. Remember, dehumidifiers can use more electricity per month than a refrigerator! It is very important to get the most efficient one you can find. Keeping the humidistat set on 50 and not 45 or lower will help use less electricity as well.

If you use a dehumidifier that has a capacity that is too small for the space you place it in, it will have to run constantly to try to keep up. This will cost you more money than if you purchase a unit with a higher capacity and more appropriate to the room size. In other words, although you may save a bit on the initial cost of the dehumidifier by buying one with a smaller capacity, you may end up paying more in the long run on electricity costs if you don’t buy enough capacity.

If you purchase a dehumidifier that is underpowered for the space you use it in, it will also greatly shorten the life of the unit. This is another hidden extra cost because if you have to replace the unit more often, you will end up spending more money overall.

Of course, the cost of health issues and repairing structural damage should not be overlooked when deciding which dehumidifier to purchase. In general, you should get the best one you can afford.

Noise Considerations

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One of the main complaints about certain models of dehumidifiers is that they make too much noise. Dehumidifiers make noise in two ways. First, the fan that they use to pull in air and then re-circulate the air once the water has been removed makes noise. The more the fan has to kick on, the more noise it will make.

Second, dehumidifiers use compressors as they need to compress the air to cool it and remove the water. Compressors are actually noisier than the fans in these units. Usually, if you buy a dehumidifier that has enough capacity to get the job done while on the low setting most of the time, the unit will work more quietly.

If you don’t have too much extra moisture, you can also try using a desiccant style humidifier that doesn’t use a compressor. However, these only come in room size models and will not work effectively if your environment is very humid.

How Much Capacity Do You Actually Need?

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Many dehumidifiers will be marked with a capacity rating at saturation and a AHAM capacity rating. You want to pay more attention to the AHAM capacity rating. AHAM stands for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. They rate the capacity of these machines at 80 degrees Fahrenheit and at 60 degrees relative humidity which is probably closer to the conditions inside your home than at saturation conditions which means 100 percent relative humidity.

Look for how much water a unit removes rather than how powerful it is. Small units that only remove up to 25 – 45 pints of water per day do not work well in all but the smallest spaces. For most bedrooms and kitchens, you’ll need to be able to remove 45 to 50 pints of water per day. For larger spaces such as small apartments or family rooms in large homes, you’ll need to look for a unit that can remove 75 pints of water per day.

How Easy Is It To Maintain?

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Keep in mind that you will need to maintain your dehumidifier to keep it running efficiently. This mostly involves changing the filter and keeping it clean. Before you purchase a specific unit, make sure it is relatively easy to change the filter. You will also need to throw out the water. Make sure the water is collected in a way that you will have easy access and can easily remove it. Remember too that the water produced by a dehumidifier is grey in color which is dirty. It isn’t suitable for drinking or cooking with but it is fine for watering plants or washing the car.

Does the Humidifier use Non-ozone Depleting Refrigerants?

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If you don’t want to contribute to the greenhouse effect, you will want to buy a dehumidifier that uses non-ozone depleting refrigerants such as R-410A refrigerant. They work just as well and you’ll have peace of mind that the steps for the sake of the health of your family and the upkeep of your property are not coming at a cost to the environment.

Other Considerations

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If you plan to use your dehumidifier in more than one room, make sure the unit you select is light-weight enough to easily move around. Also, make sure the unit comes with a built-in humidistat and there is an automatic shut-off and restart as well as a way to set your desire level. Most come with this feature but there a few models that don’t. If you live in a cooler climate where the temperatures will be lower than 60 degrees, be sure the unit you select has an anti-frost sensor as they can freeze up otherwise.

In conclusion, we hope this buyer’s guide to dehumidifiers helps you know better what factors to look for when you are shopping for a dehumidifier. Be sure to check out the dehumidifier reviews for specific models once you have narrowed down your choices. Good luck and stay healthy!

Our Reviews So Far

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After knowing what some of the things to look out for when looking for a dehumidifier, you must be thinking which brands or models is really the most suitable for your current situation. So, here are the brands that our Dehumidifier Portal website has reviewed so far:

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