Fresh and airy atmospheres are a summer luxury. In winter, increased moisture and colder temperatures mean greater risk of health problems.
Dehumidifiers help fend off the mold, moisture and nasty molecules from damp air. How do they work their magic and what ones work best?
Crystal based dehumidifiersCrystals in the device absorb moisture from the air, and then change colour from blue to red. The weight of the device also increases by around 120g; proving that moisture has been absorbed. When this happens, the device is plugged in and a small heater drys out the crystals, turning them blue and allowing you to use the dehumidifier again.
This type of humidifier is silent, easy to use and inexpensive. It is also non toxic and 100% renewable.
Because crystal based dehumidifiers are compact,cordless and don’t require batteries, they can be used almost anywhere; whether hung from garage roofs or on a caravan windowsill.
Compressor dehumidifiersA powerful motor inside the dehumidifier sucks in moisture from the air. This moisture then sits in a reservoir, and a light lets you know when its full. To aid the drying process, heat is blown out by a fan.
Compressor dehumidifiers are attractive and blend in with most house’s decor, they’re also compact and unobtrusive.
The majority of these devices can regulate the humidity of a room to an exact level. Meaning you regulate the atmosphere to your liking. Simple programmes allow you to manage the speed and duration of the dehumidifier too.
Peltier dehumidifiersOtherwise known as thermoelectric dehumidifiers and probably the smartest of the lot. Electrical currents create a cool surface which draws air through the dehumidifier.This allows water vapor to be condensed, and collected in a reservoir.
The risk of malfunction is minimised as moisture is absorbed with no moving parts. The clever thermoelectric technology also means that the device is silent. There are no chemicals used, no expensive refills and they are very easy to use. Simply plug in and go.
These compact dehumidifiers can be easily stored and can be moved from room to room. Like the compressor dehumidifiers, they also feature an in built fan which blows out warm air, speeding up the process.
Dehumidifiers make your environment cleaner and drier. Without the harmful mould and damp of winter, you and your home will be happier. So the question shouldn’t be “should I get a dehumidifier?” but “which one should I get?”