Jeff Flowers on April 8, 2015 17 Comments Most people know that high humidity can be uncomfortable, but did you also know that homes with high levels of moisture and humidity in the air can actually be dangerous? Allergens such as mold and dust mites thrive in humid environments, and can cause a variety of reactions that include itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, respiratory problems, and congestion. In severe cases they can even lead to asthma or other more serious conditions. It is imperative that these mold and mite breeding grounds in our homes and offices are taken care of sooner rather than later in order to prevent many serious illnesses. If you live in a humid environment or you find that your home has high levels of moisture, you should get a dehumidifier. There are a lot of different models on the market, many with a variety of several features and options to choose from. Before you go out and buy just any dehumidifier, here are some tips to help you select the one right for you. Click Here to View All Home Dehumidifiers Identify Which Type You Need The first step is to figure out which type of dehumidifier you need, which begins by figuring out what kind of space you are looking to dehumidify. Take the time to learn about the different models that you can choose from for different settings. Some of the types are: Home Dehumidifiers: Rated by pint capacity, there are a wide variety of home dehumidifiers featuring both larger or smaller models, depending on the size of the room or home you plan to use it in. This type of dehumidifier typically come with either a drain bucket or drain hose and an automatic shutoff feature. Basement, Garage & Crawl Space Dehumidifiers: Designed for use over a larger area, basement, garage and crawl space units typically have a higher pint capacity and the ability to operate in lower temperatures. These can be permanently installed in areas where you have high moisture content and will include a hose or hose connection with condensate pumps for constant drainage. Mini Dehumidifiers: Compact and portable versions of the larger units, mini dehumidifiers are the perfect solution for smaller spaces, such as bathrooms or laundry rooms, or for people with significant allergies who might need to travel with their unit. These are much more versatile as they can be places anywhere moisture builds up in your home or office and are still discrete. Industrial Dehumidifiers: Ideal for covering very large areas, industrial dehumidifiers are a great solution for open offices, warehouses, and manufacturing floors. They offer a variety of options to choose from, including gravity drains and heavy-duty integrated condensate pumps. Shopping for a Dehumidifier When it comes to choosing the right dehumidifier for your situation, there are few things that you should be aware of before you buy. While thorough research is necessary, the below six questions pose as quick and simple shopping guide to helping you select the perfect dehumidifier. Question 1: Do I have symptoms of high humidity? Symptoms can range from personal issues, such as allergic reactions, stuffiness and congestion, asthma, and respiratory problems, to long-term issues with your home, including stains on ceilings and walls, damage to your furniture, and more. If you have these issues, a dehumidifier is something you should consider. Question 2: How high are my humidity levels? The best way to find the right dehumidifier for your home or warehouse space is to understand how much work it will do. Relative humidity measures the absolute highest levels of water vapor in the air (100 percent relative humidity meaning the air can hold no more moisture, which means that it is raining or foggy); when relative humidity is below 30 percent the air often feels dry, and when it is above 50 percent it will feel very muggy and uncomfortable. The most comfortable relative humidity levels are around 35 to 40 percent. To measure the humidity in your home, you can purchase a hygrometer and decide what course of action you should take based on the findings. Question 3: How large is the space that I need to dehumidify? Dehumidifiers come in a range of sizes, usually based on the amount of space in the room and moisture you need to extract from the air—measured in pints extracted per 24-hour period. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers has recommendations for dehumidifiers that range from 10 pints for up to 500 square feet of space with relatively low humidity all the way to 44 or more pints for extremely wet or humid conditions in areas over 2,500 square feet. Question 4: What features do I need? Dehumidifiers come with several different features and options depending on the model and your needs, and could include things like a built-in humidistat so you can adjust humidity levels in the room, automatic shut-off when the air reaches a certain level, frost sensors for use in rooms below 65° F, and more. What features you need depends on where you will use it and planned usage. Question 5: Where will I be using the unit? If you have a fixed space where you want to use your dehumidifier, you can purchase a larger unit or one that is permanently attached to the floor or walls. If you have a need to move the unit from one room to another, or would like to take it with you when you travel, check for portable models that are lightweight and include carrying handles or wheels. Question 6: What is my price range? Dehumidifiers come in a range of prices and options, so it’s a good idea to have a budget in mind. However, it’s also important to note that trying to save money by buying a smaller unit will usually result in either higher costs because it will have to run continuously and/or minimally effective results because it’s not equipped to handle the amount of moisture that you have in your home.