Read This Before Buying A Dehumidifier Online!
Thinking about buying a dehumidifier? Like a lot of people who start researching dehumidifiers, you have a problem and you want to know if buying a dehumidifier can help solve it. Or you might be sure you need a dehumidifier at this point and want to know how to shop for the best one.
Our goal at Pure n Natural Systems is to make researching and buying a dehumidifier online as easy and simple as possible for you.
So we’ve put together this handy guide to buying a dehumidifier in order to provide you with all the information you need to understand the benefits of a dehumidifier, the reasons why people buy dehumidifiers in the first place, and what to look for to get the best one for your needs.
Most importantly of all, we offer only the very highest quality dehumidifiers and other air filtration solutions— products with good ratings and a solid reputation for maintaining your desired humidity levels day after day, and that are built to be reliable and durable, so they’ll save you time, money, and hassle on repairs and replacements.
Why Do I Need A Dehumidifier?
You might be concerned about:
- Mold growth, wood rot, pest infestation, a weakened structure, water damage, your or a family member’s respiratory problems, chronic health issues, an uncomfortably damp or clammy home, air quality issues, or even a high heating or air conditioning bill.
- You might be thinking about your basement and want to know, “Do I need a dehumidifier in my basement?” You may have moved into a new home and want to take good care of it while maintaining an optimal living environment for your health and comfort.
For many of these and other reasons, a lot of people who start out shopping for a dehumidifier want to know what are the benefits? What does a dehumidifier do?
Signs You Need a Dehumidifier:
If the humidity in your home is too high, that excess moisture in the air can be unhealthy for the people living there and it can cause damage to the home itself. Moist, humid air can be a very serious problem.
The first sign you need a dehumidifier is an uncomfortable amount of excess moisture in one or more rooms of your home, including your basement. You may notice a clammy feeling in the air itself or on furniture or appliances, or you might smell a musty odor in an area of your house. This is a clear warning sign that humidity is too high.
If you or a family member experiences any medical conditions like allergies or asthma, especially if these conditions developed recently or have recently become worse, it could be that excess humidity has lead to mold or mildew in your home. The effects of mold spores can range from making you miserable with allergies to seriously threatening your health.
Another sign you might need a dehumidifier is structural issues with the physical condition of your home. If you notice that doors aren’t aligning properly and catch or rub against the door frame when you close or open them; or if there’s always condensation clouding one or more of your windows; or if you notice any sagging or rotting of wood furniture, moldings, or a wooden floor, it’s time to get a dehumidifier.
Yet another reason to get a dehumidifier is your home has pests like termites, centipedes, silverfish, bed bugs, or mites. These bugs need water to survive, and they love taking up residence in houses with moist, damp areas. Once they’ve moved in, these pests can cause allergies and/or critical damage to the wood in your house.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, you may be curious when to use a dehumidifier: winter or summer? The answer is it doesn’t matter what season it is outside or what the outdoor ambient temperature is. What matters is keeping humidity in every area of your home within acceptable levels.
High humidity is bad for your house and for the health of the people who live in it. But the good news is you can easily fix high humidity by installing a Pure n Natural dehumidifier that will help maintain a consistent and healthy humidity level to prevent these problems from happening.
Are There Any Dehumidifier Health Risks?
In short: No, there are not any health risks in using a dehumidifier. The worst dehumidifiers have been accused of is causing minor dry skin, dry nose, or chapped lips, and there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence to support these claims. Drinking enough water is the most important factor in keeping skin, membranes, and lips healthy and moisturized.
If you have high humidity however, that can be a danger to your health. A dehumidifier doesn’t completely strip the air of any water in it. If humidity levels in any area of your house are too high, dehumidifiers maintain the air humidity at the level it should be.
What should the humidity level be in a home? If you are allergic to mold spores or concerned about mold and mildew growth in your basement or another area of your house, less than 60% humidity will prevent increased mold growth. For dust mites and other pests, maintaining air humidity below 50% is advisable.
Choosing The Right Dehumidifier
One of the most common questions we get from dehumidifier shoppers is: “What size dehumidifier do I need for my (basement, bedroom, or other room in the home)?”
For some reason a lot of people think their only choice is between a big 70-pint model or a little 30-pint dehumidifier.Well there’s an old saying that goes: ”A pint's a pound, the world around.” One pint of water weighs almost exactly (just a touch over) one pound.
Keep that in mind when considering a larger 70-pint dehumidifier. A common complaint about these is that they’re too heavy to lift for draining or to move to a different area of the house.
Some shoppers think they might save some money by going with a smaller 30-pint dehumidifier as well, but these smaller units can be too loud, can burn out quickly and need replacement, and are known to overflow and leak water all over your floor.
Now it’s not always about the size of the dehumidifier. These kind of issues are more common with cheaper dehumidifier models sold in volume by big box retailers like Sears, Home Depot, Menards, and Lowes.
But certainly avoiding the heavy workout of lifting a 70-pint model (especially if you don’t need it for the space you’re dehumidifying), as well as the shortcomings of a smaller 30-pint model, can make all the difference in buying a good, effective dehumidifier that just works and lasts forever.
We’ve found that for many people’s homes, the best humidity solution happens to be in the middle— a 55-pint dehumidifier: the Energy Star-rated, Watchdog 550 Crawl Space Dehumidifier, which efficiently removes up to 55 pints of moisture from a room or area per day.
The Watchdog 550 is powerful enough to dehumidify up to 10,000 cubic feet. The unit produces a 250CFM airflow at an efficient 2.44 L/kWh, saving you money on your electric bill while quietly working to protect your home from excess moisture.
It’s very easy to use with a digital touchpad display to set your desired humidity level. This dehumidifier also features automatic humidistat control, hot gas bypass, and auto restart.
You can learn more about the Watchdog 550 Dehumidifier here.
But if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us toll-free right now, at 1-800-237-9199, and ask us about how you can save a lot of money with the special we’re running on our current stock of Watchdogs!