Home Dehumidifier FAQs

Home Dehumidifier

Home Dehumidifier FAQs

Can high humidity attract insects?

Roaches, silverfish, spiders and centipedes all love a moist environment.  Keeping the air in your home relatively dry with a dehumidifier will keep away those unwanted pests.

What happens to the water collected by the home dehumidifier?

You need to empty the water reservoir when it becomes full.  Most home dehumidifiers will automatically shut off when the reservoir is full.  Probably one of the biggest problems people encounter using a home dehumidifier is forgetting to empty them.  Almost all home dehumidifiers have the capacity to drain the water from their reservoirs via a hose.  You could simply place the free end of the hose so it drains into your sump pump or raise the home dehumidifier up high enough so the water drains into a sink.  You could also pump the water out if necessary.

What kind of pipe should I use to drain the condensate from my home dehumidifier?

If you decide to connect a hose to your home dehumidifier, do not use a simple garden hose.  The best hoses to use are used to on washing machines.  These hoses are made out of thick rubber and will not collapse.

How much humidity can a home dehumidifier remove?

Some home dehumidifiers can reduce up to 50 pints per 24 hours in a space as large as 2,500 square feet.  The average home dehumidifier is capable of removing about 30 pints of water which is sufficient for a typical home.

Do I need a home dehumidifier?

If you have wet stains on your walls and ceilings, rotting and weakened wood, mold and fungus, condensation on your windows, peeling wallpaper, blistering paint, and a generally musty, stuffy feeling, you probably need a home dehumidifier.  There are also some more subtle signs that you should watch out for.  Your doors, cabinets or windows might be sticking, or your floors might be especially creaky. When wood absorbs moisture, it swells. This pushes apart joints, loosens screws and nails, and compromises your home’s strength.  While your noisy stairs might be a nuisance, if humidity is the underlying issue, your problems could get worse.

What are the health benefits of using a home dehumidifier?

Home dehumidifiers can help reduce the effects of common allergies to dust mites, fungus and mold.  Preventing mold growth is probably the number one reason to consider getting a home dehumidifier since mold and fungus flourish in moist air.  Mold only requires a little bit of moisture to grow, and once it starts growing it is extremely difficult to eliminate.  A mold problem can cause serious illness.  The best strategy regarding mold is to keep it from showing up at all.

What makes my home humid?

Clearly the outdoor air is a major contributor to humidity in your home.  The things you do on a routine basis (showering, bathing, cooking, and laundry just to name a few) all add moisture to the air around you.  Things that you do not think about like leaks or even open toilet bowls all contribute to the humidity levels in your home.

Why do I need dehumidification?

Outdoor air is never completely dry and indoor moisture sources (cooking, bathing, breathing, etc.) all add to the humidity in a home.  A poorly constructed basement may allow moisture from the soil around the house to enter the home.  Even building materials and furniture slowly drying out add to the overall humidity of a room.  Buildings are much better insulated than ever before.  While insulation helps keep the cold out – it also helps to keep the humidity in.

How much does it cost to run a home dehumidifier?

A portable home dehumidifier can consume 160 kWh per month.  It does burn less energy than the average air conditioner which can consume 300 kWh per month.  Since excessive humidity makes us perceive temperature as being higher than it is, keeping your home drier may reduce your need to use your air conditioner, which could result in lower energy consumption overall.


Please continue reading my Dehumidifier – 3 product review  and visit my Dehumidifier Store.  Also see my other review posts for this green living product: 

How a dehumidifier works.

What makes a dehumidifier green?

Best features of a whole house dehumidifier.

Dehumidifier tips and tricks.

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