Did you know that living in a damp environment where mould can easily grow doesn’t just feel unpleasant, it’s actually bad for your health? Mould can cause allergic reactions, as well as asthma and other breathing problems, so if humidity is an issue, you might need a dehumidifier.
This miniature plug-in unit removes up to 250ml of moisture daily and the tank, which holds twice that, has an auto-shutoff feature to avoid spillage. Pro Breeze
Not all dehumidifiers are created equal so you need to find one that’s up to the task, whatever that task is. If you’ve had a flood or a leak and you’re trying to dry out an entire room, you’ll be looking for something with a hose that’s going to pull a lot of moisture out of the air and straight down the sink. While if you’ve just got a built in wardrobe that’s against an outer wall and you’re finding a little bit of condensation in the winter months, a smaller portable machine with an in-built tank will do the job nicely.
One Litre Tank
Capacity to remove up to 450ml daily and with a bright LED indicator to show when the tank is full, this quiet and efficient device is ideal for smaller rooms. AUZKIN
If you’re using a dehumidifier with a tank, whatever size it is, make sure that it has an auto-shutoff feature. This basically means that when the tank is full, the dehumidifier will switch itself off automatically, so you don’t run the risk of moisture being pulled out of the air, and the tank overflowing. Better yet, look for one with an audible alarm that notifies you when the tank needs to be emptied — or make sure you check it regularly.
With Hose Option
Comes with a pipe that can be run to a drain or sink so that the 5.5l tank filling doesn’t interrupt operation, and also has a number of modes to help manage moisture.
Initially you may want to run a dehumidifier constantly for several days to get the humidity to where you want it to be. But if the humidity isn’t the result of a leak or flood, and is down to the way your home is constructed, or the fact that you regularly dry laundry in one room, you’ll need a longer term solution to avoid any future problems. The best option, if you have the space to leave a device in situ permanently, is to find one with a humidity sensor that means it will automatically turn on once the humidity gets above a specific point, and turn off again when it’s dropped.