Living in an area with a highly humid climate means excess moisture in your home which makes it conducive for the presence of fungi such as molds and mildews, viruses, harmful bacteria, and dust mites. You can protect the health of your family by buying a dehumidifier to remove the excess moisture and make your house a comfortable place to live in. If you think that a large dehumidifier is not something that is suitable for your purpose, consider buying a small portable dehumidifier. However, you need to know what you should be looking for in a portable dehumidifier to make sure that you have bought the best dehumidifier for your purpose. Here are a few factors that you can consider when you go out to buy a dehumidifier.
Portable dehumidifier basics
Most people prefer a portable dehumidifier because it is economical, it doesn’t need to be permanently installed, and it can be easily moved around from one room to the other. Since ease in moving around is an important factor in choosing these units, make sure that they are not too heavy or bulky so that you can easily relocate it whenever you want.
Energy-efficiency is another factor that makes these small dehumidifiers a more viable option than the larger units. A good portable dehumidifier will use almost half the energy of a full-size unit. While choosing a mini dehumidifier, check the power consumption level of the different models and buy one that can get you the most savings in terms of the energy costs.
The noise levels are another factor that you should consider while choosing a portable dehumidifier. A low noise level of the unit becomes especially important if you intend to use the unit for dehumidifying your bedroom.
Choose a mini dehumidifier that has an automatic shut off feature when the reservoir is full. An indicator light to let you know that the reservoir needs to be drained is another feature that can be quite helpful.
For a room with high humidity levels such as bathrooms or basements you will need a unit that has a high output. This ensures that the appropriate humidity levels are restored in the room as quickly as possible. It is measured in liters per 24 hour period and is based on the continuous operation of the unit at the highest setting.
The size of the mini dehumidifier is another thing that you should consider and it can depend on the area that needs to be dehumidified. For an area such as a closet or a bathroom, you may want a unit that has good extraction capacity as well as is small in size for easy placement. On the other hand, for a small basement, you may want a unit that is larger in size so that it can cover a larger area.
A built-in humidistat or hygrometer helps in controlling the humidity of the room. This ensures that these small dehumidifiers do not make the air too dry by adjusting the unit according to the measured moisture level within the room.Multi-function dehumidifiers/air conditioners
You can even combine your dehumidifying needs with your cooling requirements by purchasing a unit that functions as an air conditioner as well as a dehumidifier. A multi-function appliance can be slightly expensive than the single portable dehumidifier, however, they more than make up for it by saving on energy costs since you will only be using a single appliance. You will also need less storage space.
A portable dehumidifier offers many advantages over a larger size unit that needs to be permanently installed. Since you don’t need to install it, you can begin using these small dehumidifiers immediately without the need to wait for a contractor to install it. Since they come in different sizes and different output levels, make sure to buy a dehumidifier that is most suitable for the area that needs dehumidifying.