Dehumidifiers are great solutions for removing uncomfortable levels of humidity from any room. High humidity can cause the spread of mold and damp as well as a host of health problems that include respiratory issues and allergic reactions. Dehumidifiers take care of this problem for you and allow you to enjoy your living space.
We are sure that you have some questions about how a dehumidifier works, or if it’s the right solution to use. We complied this list of frequently asked questions for you to look through, however, if you can’t find what you are looking for, then send us and email, or call into our head office and speak to o
Have you ever been in a hot, humid environment? It’s common to hear the saying, “It’s not the heat but the humidity that gets you.’ That’s a great description for an environment where the floors seem wet, the windows are clouded out with moisture and floorboards are lifting from the excess moisture in the air.
A dehumidifier goes to work in your home by removing the moisture in the air by means of drawing the moist air into the unit, then passing it through a set of filter pads that clean it, before the unit cools the air, removes the moisture and then dispels cool, drier air out into the room via means of a fan.
Common areas for using a dehumidifier would be smaller units for rooms that do not have much ventilation or high humidity such as kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, crawl spaces and basements. Larger units may be used in industrial purposes as well to clear factories and warehouses of excess moisture.
Tip: An additional dehumidifier can be run alongside an existing air-con system to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the existing system.
Water that is pulled from the incoming air is sent to either a water tank that can be emptied manually or automatically, or by means of a gravity-fed drain pipe that attaches to the unit and is exited outside. Condensate pumps may needed to remove the water from the tank in an automated situation that is below ground level.
If you suffer from allergies then you will understand the impact on living, or visiting a humid environment. Damp environments are breeding grounds for mildew, mold and other little nasties like dust mites. These factors play on your allergies can cause symptoms such as eye irritation, inflammation of the sinuses and respiratory problems. Using a dehumidifier will remove the moisture and reduce your allergy inflammation and attacks.
The ideal humidity setting for most living and working environments is most comfortable around the 45 to 50% mark, depending on your personal preference. In environments above the 50% mark, bacteria thrive and you will begin to notice odd odours in the room.
Low humidity levels below 35% can lead to health issues such as the spread of viruses like influenza, drying out the skin and eyes and making things just as uncomfortable as a high humidity situation.
Sizing your dehumidifier is the most important task in selecting the solution that’s right for you. Dehumidifiers come in four different capacities, small, medium, large and whole home solutions.
For smaller rooms, such as bathrooms, bedrooms or crawl spaces, a small capacity will be sufficient but if you have larger rooms like kitchens and lounges, you may need to opt for the larger or medium capacity which can offer between 25 to 50 pints of moisture removal from your environment per day.
When looking for a dehumidifier for sale it’s always important to check out the features available on the unit you’re buying. Dehumidifiers have many functions that make them ideal solutions to rid your home of excess moisture. Units come complete with features such as auto-dehumidifying action and Ionizers that clean and filter the air before expelling it into the room, removing any bacteria and providing you with clean, dry, fresh, cool air. Digital humidistats keep the humidity even and automate the units operation making it a plug and play solution for ridding your home of excess moisture.
Your portable dehumidifiers should be placed as centrally in the room as possible, close to a power point. If you are using a drain pipe system, them make sure to place the unit close to a window or a sink to allow for the water to drain off.
Your dehumidifier will make a bit of noise as it uses a fan to pull the moisture into the housing of the unit. The noise of the fan differs depending on the capacity of the unit, with larger capacities needing larger fans and therefore producing higher sound levels.
If you are looking for a small capacity unit for your bedroom and are worried that it may keep you up all night, then you can relax because a small capacity unit produces a sound level of less than 45 decibels, which is about the same level as a whispered conversation.
The direct energy costs for your dehumidifier will once again depend on the capacity that you have selected, larger capacities have larger fans that require more energy to operate. While the costs to run a dehumidifier are not extravagant, they equal out to about the same as running a portable air-conditioning unit and are well worth the money spent for the relief in humidity that they provide.
All GMC Air conditioning dehumidifiers meet EER requirements set by regulating bodies and have the highest eco-friendly operation of any dehumidifying solution on the South African and global market.
Our dehumidifiers are top-quality products that are exhaustively researched by our team of expert consultants at GMC Aircon. You can be assured that all of our products come with a warranty on their service life of up to 2 years and we guarantee and additional installation that our team of technicians undertake.
With regular maintenance and correct sizing for operation, you can expect to achieve a long service life for your dehumidifier that will last for years to come.