If you are worried about the Relative Humidity Level(s) in your house, it may be wise to invest in a good quality residential dehumidifier. Here’s a list of important aspects of a good residential dehumidifier. High levels of humidity can cause or exacerbate mold growth in your home. If you think mold is already a concern in your house, it is suggested that you have a certified Environmental Assessment company like The Healthy Abode come and inspect and sample your house for mold growth. Mold growth can cause both serious health and structural problems for your home, yourself and your family.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HIGH QUALITY RESIDENTIAL DEHUMIDIFIER:
Average Cost $200-$300
-Auto shut off when the water storage tray is full, or better still, a continuous drainage system that requires no maintenance at all. These usually require a floor level drain in the room that they will be used, but if that option is available to you it will save a lot of time and effort in the long run.
-Built in humidistat (humidity meter / hygrometer) that can automatically control the humidity of the room. This is a vital feature to prevent the air from becoming too dry.
-For larger units, wheels make them much easier to maneuver.
-A frost sensor that will switch off the unit if it gets too cold.
-An on/off switch. This may sound silly, but without one you will need to be able to reach the main socket, and that is not always convenient.
-Extras such as an air filter can be useful to some people, particularly allergy sufferers.
-Variable fan speeds. (most dehumidifiers have them).
-Low noise levels. Everybody likes a bit of piece and quiet.
Please contact us if you have any questions about dehumidifiers and/or mold growth related matters. We’re happy to help!