Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier is a device that reduces the humidity in the air (the amount of moisture). A fan draws air over cold coils onto which the water vapour in the air condenses, the air is then passed over warm coils and back into the room. The result is that the amount of water vapour in the air is reduced.
Do I Need a Dehumidifier?
If you often see the signs of excessive humidity such as excessive condensation on windows and mould patches on walls then it is likely that there is excessive moisture in the air. This excessive moisture can cause damage to wooden windows, wallpaper and fabrics within your home and allow unhealthy mould to grow. Excessive damp is often a problem with basements due to the reduced air flow. Garages can also suffer from damp that will cause cars and tools to rust. A dehumidifier will remove the excess moisture and help prevent these problems.
What is Relative Humidity?
Relative humidity is a measure of the amount of moisture in the air relative to the amount it can hold. When air is cold it can only hold a small amount of moisture so for example if the cold air was at 90% relative humidity it could drop to 10% relative humidity when it is warmed.
What is a Hygrometer?
A hygrometer is a small, inexpensive and easy to use instrument that measures the relative humidity of the air.
Where does the moisture come from?
The moisture in your home comes from a range of sources such as cooking, washing machines and dishwashers, drying clothes and even just breathing!
Can I Drink The Water From a Dehumidifier?
We would strongly recommend that you do NOT drink the water from a dehumidifier. While the water that condenses in the unit is pure it will pick up some not so nice stuff along the way. A small amount of metal may be dissolved from the cold coils and there could potentially be some bacteria and fungi present. We suggest that the water is tipped down the drain.
Finding out more
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