When should a homeowner use one and how should they use it properly.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 04, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — While moisture outside of the home is out of a homeowner’s control, the moisture inside of the home can be controlled. Homeowners can buy small dehumidifiers to help control the moisture levels in their homes. However, they should keep the following in mind

When to use a dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers should be used in damp and musty-smelling rooms. Homeowners should aim for a relative humidity between 40-50 percent. If a homeowner goes above 50 percent there could be mold growth. If a homeowner goes below 30 percent, then structural problems can occur.

Dehumidifiers are most useful to those who have respiratory problems, allergies, or colds. Ideal humidity levels can help alleviate symptoms.

If a home is located in an area of humid climates then homeowners should consider using dehumidifiers in the basement, bathroom, and attic. Again, homeowners should consider this especially in the summer months.

If a homeowner has experienced a flood in their home, they should consider using a dehumidifier to lessen the humidity in the flooded area. However, they should talk to a disaster restoration company first.

Maintenance

If a homeowner decides to use a dehumidifier for any reason, they should also make sure to maintain the device. Before use, homeowners should read the user manual and instructions to get familiar with the devices features and requirements.

Homeowners should check and clean the air filter along with checking exhaust grills for dust build up. The water tank should be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Soap and water can be used to clean inside of the tank.

Safety Tips

People who use a dehumidifier for any reason should always make sure that they are using the devices correctly and safely.

Dehumidifiers should be placed on a stable and level surface. There should be at least 10 inches of free space behind the device and at least 5 feet of free space in front of the device. The device should be kept away from any flammable items and sources of heat.

Power strips and extension cords should not be used with a dehumidifier. The device should always be plugged into a grounded outlet.

The device should not be operated in an area that is larger than what the manual recommends. Windows and doors should be closed while the dehumidifier is in use.

The area in which the device is being used should be regularly cleaned and vacuumed to prevent it being absorbed by the device. If dust is sucked into the dehumidifier it can be rereleased into the air.

Dehumidifiers should only be used while someone is home. Some devices come with automatic shut off functions that can be enabled.

The tank of the device should be emptied as needed to avoid spills and water damage. Some devices turn off automatically when the tank is full or when the desired relative humidity level is achieved.

Dehumidifiers should not be moved from cold rooms to hot rooms too quickly. Homeowners should wait at least 10 minutes between shutting off the device and powering it back on. This will prevent condensation in the device and will prevent the compressor from overheating.

While small dehumidifiers can be used to control the humidity levels within a home, a homeowner should always consult a certified restoration company, like First Choice Restoration, when water damage occurs.

About First Choice Restoration
First Choice Restoration is a water, mold, fire, and smoke remediation company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. The company also operates additional offices throughout other areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware. The company has been assisting homeowners and businesses with water, mold, fire, and smoke cleanup for over 40 years.


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