With The Right Dehumidifier, You Can Deal With The Coming Dog Days

Hot and humid summer days are coming to San Antonio. A dehumidifier is an affordable, low-energy way to rid your home of damp heat and humidity. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air by drawing moist air in on one side and pushing the dry air out the other. Dehumidifiers help reduce the energy output of your air conditioner because it’s easier to cool or heat dry air than moist air.

With most dehumidifiers, the treated air is expelled at around 30 percent humidity. If the humidity reached is not as low as you want, heat the room or raise the dehumidifier off the floor, where it is coldest. Because heat rises, air temperature will be higher closer to the ceiling.

Usually, dehumidifiers have top-mounted air discharge and can be placed against walls. If not, be sure the dehumidifier is located away from walls and furniture, so air can circulate freely around it, resulting in better operation. Doors and windows should be closed while the unit is running, to ensure that the space is dehumidified as efficiently as possible. Locate the unit away from sources of dust and dirt, which may clog its coils and grills.

Dehumidifiers do generate some heat (three to four degrees in a large room or basement; three to eight degrees in a small space) proportional to how long you have to run the unit to lower the humidity. Most units run quietly and unobtrusively.

A dehumidifier’s capacity to remove moisture from the air is measured by pints. The number of pints indicates the amount of water removed every 24 hours by the dehumidifier. For example, a “35-pint dehumidifier” would remove 35 pints of water from the air in 24 hours. You should choose a dehumidifier based on the size of the space you want to dehumidify. When deciding on a dehumidifier for your home, follow these size guidelines

  • To dehumidify a space of up to 400 square feet, you’ll require a 25- or 30-pint dehumidifier
  • For up to 800 square feet, you’ll require a 40-pint dehumidifier
  • For up to 1000 square feet, you’ll require a 50-pint dehumidifier
  • For up to 1300 square feet, you’ll require a 65-pint dehumidifier

The dehumidifier’s bucket size, the amount of moisture is in the room, and your desired level of humidity will determine how often you have to change its bucket. Some dehumidifiers have hoses attached to their buckets, so they can be drained directly into sump pumps or floor drains. Otherwise, washing and, once in a while, changing the filter is the only maintenance required.

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