3 Steps to Selecting the Correct One
You’ve started to notice musty smells around your house, or maybe spots of mold. It seems like humidity has reached your door and now you need to get rid of it. You know that a good dehumidifier can solve your problem and bring quality back to your life, but there are different sizes and you don’t know which one is best for you. To obtain quality results, it is important that you select the correct one. So, how to make the right selection?
It’s quite easy!
Dehumidifier sizes are measured according to their capacity in pints. This is the amount of water that they can collect within a 24 hour period under AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) rating conditions (60% relative humidity at 80° F).
The correct capacity will depend mostly upon two factors:
- Area of the room
- The humidity of the room
To make a decision, follow these steps:
Step 1: Measure the area of your room
How to measure it:
- Measure the width. Width = W (feet)
- Measure the length. Length= L (feet)
- Now calculate the Room Area. Room Area = A = W x L (square feet)
If the width of your room is 30ft and the length is 40ft, the area of your room will be:
A = W x L = 30ft x 40ft = 1,200 square feet
Step 2: Measure the humidity of the room
There are two ways to measure the humidity of a room:
1. Using a hygrometer which will show you the exact relative humidity inside your room. There are analog hygrometers as well as digital hygrometers.
- DAMP: Occasionally damp space with a musty smell.
- VERY DAMP: Moist space with some smells and damp stains. Always damp and musty.
- VERY WET: Sometimes has visible condensation.
- EXTREMELY WET: Always has visible condensation.
You’re ready to select the correct dehumidifier for you and your family!
Step 3: Identify the capacity
Now that you know the size of the room and the humidity level, you can select the correct dehumidifier to meet your needs. Check out this table to select:
Table 1. Dehumidifier capacity selection, according to space size and humidity
Are you ready to get yours now?
Do you have any additional questions? Feel free to contact our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use information at your own risk: The information presented is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical or home improvement advice. The information and suggestions should be discussed with a professional. You are responsible for independently verifying the information if you intend to rely upon or use it in any way. You use all information at your own risk.