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.

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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.


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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.

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.