It’s no secret that a large portion of UK housing stock suffers from mould problems in winter time. With people drying clothes indoors and having hot showers the relative humidity level in properties can rise drastically. A quick fix for mould and condensation problems is to use a dehumidifier.
Like most products dehumidifiers are not created equal so in order to help you we provide this quick guide which shows 6 top dehumidifier features.
1) Desiccant Dehumidifiers
One of the most important features of dehumidifiers in the UK is that they should operate with a desiccant. Desiccant dehumidifiers are more efficient than compressor dehumidifiers in temperatures below 20C.
Due to the lack of compressor parts desiccant units are lighter and quieter than compressor models. They are also environmentally friendly due to the lack of flouro gases.
2) Anti-Bacterial Filter
Typically dehumidifiers come with standard dust filters however the best dehumidifiers feature an anti-bacterial filter.
As the name suggests anti-bacterial filters catch and kill bacteria upon contact providing a cleaner air. Dehumidifiers such as the EcoAir DD122 MK5 utilise silver nano technology which is basically a highly advanced anti-bacterial filter.
Positive ions, such as dust and pollen, can make the air difficult to breathe especially if one suffers from allergies, such as hay fever or asthma, or other respiratory problems.
An ioniser releases negative ions into the air. These ions attach themselves to positive ions. The ions then become too heavy to float in the air so they fall down into the filter or onto the floor where they can be vacuumed up.
You don’t need to suffer from respiratory problems to enjoy the benefits of an ioniser as the cleaner air provides a superb environment for greater relaxation.
4) Laundry Mode
‘Laundry’ mode or ‘Turbo’ mode is essential when drying clothes indoors.
When drying clothes indoors on radiators or on a clothes rack the relative humidity (RH) of a room can increase by up to 30% resulting for a perfect breeding ground for the dangerous Aspergillus Fumigatus spores.
The perfect way to dry clothes indoors to avoid a large increase in RH is to use a dehumidifier with a ‘Laundry’ mode function.
In ‘Laundry’ mode the dehumidifier works at full power typically bringing the RH of the room down to a very dry 35%. A side product of ‘Laundry’ mode is that the dehumidifier generates a lot of heat which enables you to turn the radiators off.
The Meaco DD8L Desiccant Dehumidifier for example increases the air temperature by up to 12C when operating in ‘Laundry’ mode.
5) Movable Louvre
In conjunction with ‘Laundry’ mode a movable louvre is a very useful feature as you can aim the hot air that is being pushed out of the dehumidifier onto the clothes resulting in faster drying.
Other practical uses for a movable louvre include faster drying for paints, glues and other related DIY activities.
The best dehumidifiers have a timer function. Typically timer settings would be for:
• 1 Hour
• 2 Hours
• 4 Hours
• 8 Hours
Most water tanks would be full after 8 hours so there is no need for a longer timer period. As a safety feature all dehumidifiers turn themselves ‘off’ when the water tank is full.
Obviously the timer function is handy when leaving the property for an extended period of time.
A personal favourite use of the timer function is when I am painting a rental property in winter and I need to get a new tenant in quick. I can run the dehumidifier for a short time to help with the drying while I run out to other jobs. Once I return to the property the paint is dry and ready for the next coat.
All of the above featured combined are only found on the best home dehumidifiers though cheaper models could contain one or two of the features.
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