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What does a dehumidifier do at home?

A dehumidifier reduces humidity from the air in your room until relative humidity is reduced to the level you choose. Once your desired humidity is achieved a good dehumidifier will automatically maintain that comfortable level with any manual intervention.

Do I need a dehumidifier?

Dehumidifiers are the best way to remove excess moisture from your home and avoid issues caused by high humidity levels. These include:

  • • Mold and musty odour
  • • Damp and uncomfortable conditions
  • • Condensation on floors, walls and ceiling
  • • Damage to electronics, art work, upholstery, collectibles
  • • Swelling of doors and uneven wooden flooring
If these problems are ignored, allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and other health issues can occur. Avoid them by maintaining a healthy humidity level with a dehumidifier.
What is relative humidity?

Relative humidity (RH) is a measure of how much water is in the air relative to the amount that air can hold. RH is expressed as a percentage and when it reaches 100% the air is full of water and it will condense onto any surface. Warm air holds more water than cool air, for every 10 degrees drop in temperature the capacity of the air to hold water is halved.

Where does the moisture come from?

Moisture is always in the air, inside and outside the home. If you are close to a water body like a lake or an ocean you will experience higher levels of humidity compared to a place far away from the water body. Areas receiving rainfall are also a high source of humidity. In the house activities like warm water showers, washing, cooking, steaming add to the humidity in the room.

What is the ideal humidity level for my home?

Relative humidity between 50 and 60% RH is comfortable for you and your valuable belongings. Below 50% may make the room a little too dry and will unnecessarily increase the energy cost.

How does a dehumidifier work?

Simply a dehumidifier draws air from the room and passes it over a cold coil (evaporator) where the water vapour in the air condenses into water and drips into the water tank

How long will it take to get the moisture under control?

If the dehumidifier is properly sized and there is no continuous source of moisture being added to the room then we can see the humidity reduce to the desired level in a couple of days.

How much water does a dehumidifier remove?

It depends on three specific factors. The extraction capacity of the dehumidifier, the room temperature and the relative humidity of the air in that room.
A 12 litres dehumidifier means it can extract 12 litres of water at 30 degrees centigrade and 80% RH, however in a closed room once the 12 litres dehumidifier starts extracting humidity the RH level starts dropping hence it will remove less than 12 litres in a day.

Can I use the water that collects in the bucket?

The water collected in the dehumidifier’s tank is called condensate and is not recommended for human consumption as its not filtered. Please use the water for cleaning the house or watering the plants.

How do I know how big a dehumidifier I need?

To arrive at that you need to measure the size of the room and how wet it gets. Our dehumidifiers indicate the volume of the air it covers and its always better to purchase a little larger than what you need as they will dry more effectively and run for fewer hours to save energy cost.The energy saving over a period of time will be greater than the difference in the purchase price.

How does a dehumidifier prevent mold and mildew?

Fungi need humidity in the air or on the surface to grow. A dehumidifier prevents mould and mildew growth by drying the walls, ceiling, floor and drawing moisture from the fabrics, upholstery. If you set the humidity to 50% RH, the air will be too dry for mould and mild dew spores to develop.

Where is the best place to site my dehumidifier?

The best thing is if a dehumidifier is quiet and invisible. Origin ceiling dehumidifiers fit into the gap between the false and the actual ceiling and are very quiet and yes invisible. Floor mounted portable dehumidifiers can be kept anywhere in the room at a distance of 6 inches from the wall and can also be placed in cabinets with un restricted air flow. Our dehumidifiers find itself in bed rooms, living rooms, laundry rooms, home theatre, walk in ward robes and kitchens.

What is Continuous Drainage?

All portable dehumidifiers collect water in an inbuilt tank or bucket and the size of the bucket varies from 2 litres to 8 litres for household dehumidifiers. In some cases, users prefer to drain the water out to avoid emptying the water tank regularly for which hose pipe needs to be attached to an inbuilt pipe in the dehumidifier. The manual or our service personnel can guide and assist in the continuous drainage procedure. Its recommended to install a timer to give the dehumidifier some rest at regular intervals.

How loud are dehumidifiers?

The two primary source of noise are the fan and the compressor. The higher the fan speed and the larger the compressor the louder is the noise level. However as technology is advancing fans and compressors are getting quieter. Our dehumidifiers come with a silent and night mode to keep the sound low and the lights on the unit off. If you know your dehumidifier's decibel rating, you can use this chart to get an idea of what it means:

How much does it cost to operate a dehumidifier?

The cost associated with operating your dehumidifier depends on the actual appliance, the amount of time the dehumidifier is operating each day, the electricity consumption and your electricity rate. Our dehumidifiers are one of the lowest power consuming dehumidifiers in the world starting at 165 watts.

What is a dehumidifier's lifespan?

In the case of a good quality dehumidifier the average life is approximately 8 years if its used mainly in the high humid season. Our dehumidifiers average more than 8 years that if its well maintained and regularly serviced.

What features should I look for in a dehumidifier?

In addition to capacity, coverage area, and type of humidity problem, dehumidifiers also have a variety of features that make operation convenient and simple:

  • • Digital humidity control: to set the relative humidity to the desired level
  • • Energy consumption as they will consume 10 to 20% less power and extract the same amount of water
  • • Tank capacity: the larger the tank the less frequently you need to empty.
  • • Wheels or Castors for easy movement