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Everything you need to know about choosing dehumidifiers

  • Home Renovation
Jun 12, 2024
Elegant minimalist living room – Beautiful Homes

When you need to combat the menace of excess moisture

In the realm of indoor comfort and health, dehumidifiers stand as silent guardians, combating the often-overlooked menace of excess moisture. These unassuming appliances play a vital role in maintaining balanced humidity levels within our living spaces, offering a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond mere comfort. At its essence, a dehumidifier serves as a moisture regulator, tirelessly extracting excess humidity from the air to create a more conducive environment for the occupants and their belongings. While high humidity might initially seem like a minor inconvenience, its repercussions can be far-reaching, manifesting in the form of mould growth, musty odours, and structural deterioration. Let's delve deeper into the multifaceted benefits, and other considerations associated with dehumidifiers.


Factors to look out for while choosing a dehumidifier:


1. Consider the Purpose: Determine why you need a dehumidifier. Is it to combat mould and mildew, improve air quality, reduce musty odours, or prevent damage to furniture and electronics? Understanding your specific goals will help you select the right features and capacity.

2. Determine the Size of the Area: Measure the square footage of the space where you intend to use the dehumidifier. This could be a single room, multiple rooms, or even your entire house if you're considering a whole-house system.

3. Assess the Humidity Levels: Identify the relative humidity levels in the area. You can use a hygrometer, a device that measures humidity, to gauge the current humidity levels. High humidity levels (above 50-60%) may indicate a need for a dehumidifier.

Airy living room with minimalist décor – Beautiful Homes

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4. Choose the Type: Decide whether you need a portable or whole-house dehumidifier. Portable units are suitable for smaller spaces or targeted moisture control, while whole-house systems integrate with your HVAC system to provide comprehensive humidity control for larger areas.


5. Calculate the Capacity: Select a dehumidifier with the appropriate capacity (measured in pints of moisture removal per day) based on the size and humidity level of the area. A general guideline is:

  • Small rooms (up to 1,000 square feet): 25-30 pints/day
  • Medium-sized rooms (1,000-2,000 square feet): 30-50 pints/day
  • Large rooms or whole-house systems (over 2,000 square feet): 50+ pints/day


Now that we know the parameters to look out for while choosing a dehumidifier, let's explore the various types available in the market. 

Portable dehumidifier – Beautiful Homes

SHARP dehumidifier with air purifier

Portable Dehumidifiers

Ideal for small to medium-sized rooms, portable dehumidifiers are compact and easy to move around. They are suitable for bedrooms, living rooms, offices, and other areas where localised moisture control is needed. These are effective in spaces ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand square feet, depending on their capacity. They are available in different moisture removal capacities, typically ranging from around 20 to 70 pints per day. The capacity you choose depends on factors such as the size of the room, the severity of the moisture problem, and the desired humidity level. We recommend the SHARP dehumidifier with air purifier. Whatever the time of the year, the SHARP air purifier with dehumidifier is effective every time. It helps maintain ideal humidity, suppresses mould, virus, bacteria and other harmful airborne particles like dust and pollen.

Mini Dehumidifiers

These are small, compact dehumidifiers designed for use in confined spaces such as closets, bathrooms, or kitchen cabinets. They are particularly useful for preventing mould and mildew growth in areas with limited ventilation. They are ideal for addressing localised moisture issues in specific areas where larger dehumidifiers may not be practical or necessary. Mini dehumidifiers are generally more affordable than larger dehumidifiers, making them accessible to a wide range of consumers. They offer cost-effective solutions for addressing moisture problems in small spaces without the need for expensive or extensive installations. We recommend the Origin moisture absorber & mini dehumidifier. This is an easy to use, lightweight portable dehumidifier model with a very compact and cute design. It acts as a wardrobe dehumidifier, effectively controlling the humidity inside the wardrobe and keeping your precious apparels safe and fresh. 

Mini dehumidifier – Beautiful Homes

Origin moisture absorber & mini dehumidifier

Whole-House Dehumidifiers

Designed to integrate with your home's HVAC system, whole-house dehumidifiers provide comprehensive moisture control for larger areas, including multiple rooms or entire residences. They are installed directly into your existing ductwork for efficient operation. They provide consistent and uniform humidity control throughout the entire living space, ensuring optimal comfort and air quality. Whole-house dehumidifiers have high moisture removal capacities, capable of extracting a significant amount of moisture from the air each day. Capacities can range from around 70 to over 150 pints per day. When considering a whole-house dehumidifier, it's essential to consult with HVAC professionals to determine the appropriate size and specifications for your home's needs. We recommend you to get a consultation from Origin corp. Origin Dehumidifier for Ceiling is often preferred over a portable dehumidifier because it is more effective at removing moisture from the air, it can cover a larger area, and it does not take up any floor space.

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