Getting started with dehumidifiers can seem like a difficult task at first. Balancing all of the technical whats-its and whos-its. At Senelux, we like to strip all of the pretences and specifications away from time to time to make sure that you can get started with your dehumidifying without having to waste your valuable time studying-up on something supposed to make your life easier. To help you get started on your dehumidifying journey, we're taking a look at some of your frequently asked questions and providing some long awaited answers for your future dehumidifier.
What do dehumidifiers actually do?
Essentially, a dehumidifier sucks in moisture from the air and into a water tank inside the dehumidifier itself. A Senelux dehumidifier will drain enough water from the air to enhance your comfort at home and maintain a comfortable living environment. Senelux Dehumidifiers are designed to be your first line of defence against the issues of mould, damp, rot, odour, dust and polluted air. Often, in a Senelux dehumidifier, there will be the option to customize the levels of humidity that your Senelux dehumidifier can achieve in your space. This will be clearly mentioned within the manual of any Senelux dehumidifier.
What is relative humidity?
Relative Humidity (often called RH) is a percentage which tells you how much water vapour is in the air. Effectively, relative humidity is a sort of balancing act- having an RH that is too high can result in damp, mould, respiratory problems, etc. Whereas an RH that is too low can cause skin problems, dehydration, or eye irritation. Ideally, the RH in any indoor space should be between 30-50%.
Where does a dehumidifier take water from?
The answer is very simple: the water is taken from the vapour content in the air. If you have ever noticed the steam after you’ve taken a bath or shower- that is water vapour entering the air. This may not seem like a big deal, however having too much water vapour in the air can lead to mould and rot occurring within or on walls or ceilings in your home.
How long does it take to see the effects of a dehumidifier?
Really, it depends. If the dehumidifier you’re using is large enough to handle the size of the space it’s working in (usually, the larger the space- the larger the dehumidifier you need) you should start seeing results in as little as a few days. But depending on the existing humidity levels, this could change.
Where should I place my dehumidifier?
The best places tend to be where the dehumidifier itself has a nice, persistent airflow. Somewhere large enough is a good starting point although there are other aspects that need to be considered. As dehumidifiers extract water from the air, a good airflow is essential. Try to place your dehumidifier at least a few inches away from the nearest wall or blocking obstacle. Not only does this maximise efficiency, but Senelux Dehumidifiers are designed with portability in mind, meaning that our dehumidifiers are easy to store when not in operation.
What size of dehumidifier do I need?
Well, that depends entirely on what you want for your home. Firstly, consider the size of the space you want to put your dehumidifier in. If it can accommodate a dehumidifier, then that’s a good start. Next, you need to decide what you want. Senelux dehumidifiers are designed specifically to be adaptable to your needs- so whatever you need, you can achieve with one of our dehumidifiers. However, due to the size of some of our dehumidifiers- the larger models tend to have higher efficacy. With more efficient technology inside, our Senelux’s large dehumidifiers tend to remove more moisture in a shorter space of time, meaning that you’re making significant savings on your energy bills.