No other room in your home is more easily affected by mildew and molds than the bathroom. This is because showers and baths produce so much moisture. Your bathroom should be equipped with an exhaust fan, which should be run during and for a few minutes after showers to exhaust the moisture. You may either use a timer switch or connect the fan to the light switch in order to obtain the desired fan run time. You should be able to feel air entering the bathroom under the door while the exhaust fan is running.
If the bathroom is still full of steam and condensation after washing or you encounter mold growth, then it is likely that you require a dehumidifier to solve the problem. Technological advancements have brought greater dehumidifier variety, attractiveness and efficiency, so that a dehumidifier can easily integrate into your home. Dehumidifiers are now available in very small, unobtrusive units, as well as very unique designs. When buying a dehumidifier, remember that prices will differ as per their capacities and features, and that there is typically a trade-off between the cost and effectiveness / flexibility of the units.
- Water Glass petite cupboard dehumidifier
This dehumidifier is small in size and best suited for any type of bathroom, where damp problems are limited and concentrated in a single area. It does not have a compressor, but uses silica gel to deal with nagging moisture problems. It is fully rechargeable! Just plug it in and the water evaporates.
- Self-regenerative desiccant dehumidifiers
These dehumidifiers absorb water by means of desiccant material and work best where your damp problems occur in cold conditions with a temperature less than 15ºC. It is not ideally suited for hot and humid conditions, where refrigeration-type dehumidifiers would perform better. These units do not require chemical replacements.
- Refrigeration-type dehumidifiers
The damp air drawn in by the fan passes through a refrigerated coil that condenses the moisture into drops of water collected in the tank underneath. This type of dehumidifier works best in warm, humid conditions, with temperatures in excess of 15ºC.
Finding the best dehumidifier to use in your bathroom requires that you take some time and consideration before deciding what to buy. The most important factors are:
This is the most important factor to consider because the amount of space available will dictate what type of dehumidifier to buy. The dehumidifier specifications will normally indicate the room size for which it was designed.
There is typically a trade-off between capacity and cost, but look out for specials and take power consumption into consideration.
A more expensive model that is more efficient may have lower running costs in the long run.
The best dehumidifier should be easy to use with the least maintenance requirements. Models can be permanently installed or be portable. Some models come with advanced features such as a humidistat and auto-off switch.
It is advisable to research your dehumidifier purchase carefully before you buy. There is plenty of information available on this website, but speak to one of our experts if you require specialized advice.
For wall-mounted units, the most important requirement is an appropriate electrical outlet and drainage at the position where the machine will be installed. Dehumidifiers should be positioned such that there is sufficient air-flow through the device for maximum effect. Remember to follow the instructions in the provided manual.