When washing and drying machines used in a laundry are operating, they produce a lot of heat and moisture, making the room warm and humid. If you fail to get rid of this moist, warm air as quickly as possible, it will negatively affect the drying process, and it settle on cold surfaces and soak in. You may find damp patches behind wardrobes, in corners and at the back of cupboards installed in the laundry. This could cause damage to the furnishings, rust problems and harmful bacterial growth. If the machines are located in a position that prevents saturated air from escaping then it leads to a buildup which affects the machine&146;s efficiency negatively. In addition to that, an unpleasant environment is created, making it hard for any person to work there. It is a good idea to have an extractor fan to remove the air during operation. Using dehumidifiers for your laundry is another viable option to solve humidity problems, since they are cheap and easy to install and use.
The following factors should be taken into consideration when dehumidifying a laundry room.
- A dehumidifier eliminates moist air from the laundry room. The extracted water is collected in the unit and can either be removed manually, or connected to a drain for continuous removal.
- Ensure that the capacity of the dehumidifier is enough to remove sufficient moisture from the room.
- When placing the dehumidifier in the laundry, make sure it is in a position out of the way, where it cannot become dirty easily. Ensure that it is placed away from obstacles that will make it hard for the air to flow freely around it.
- Your dehumidifier should be switched on while the washing and drying machines are running and usually for a period thereafter. This will regulate the humidity of the laundry and prevent the harmful effects of excess moisture.
- In order to reduce condensation on cold surfaces such as tiles and painted walls, you can attempt to keep the room evenly heated throughout the day or improve ventilation (provided the warm, moist air can be replaced by cool, dry air).
- You should not let water sit, whether spilled on counters and working areas, or the floor. Water can become a breeding ground for bacteria, especially if other substances such as dust are present. Water sitting under the washing machine is an ideal breeding ground for mould and mildew. Keep everything as a dry as possible, since mildew thrives on moisture. Avoid leaving damp laundry in a pile or in contact with other surfaces. Clean up any spilled or pooling water right away.
- Clean regularly to prevent and get rid of mould and mildew growth. Scrub walls on a regular basis. Clean oft-ignored and mildew-prone areas like the floor around and underneath all laundry working stations, walls behind washing machines, the grouted areas between wall and floor tiles, and the plumbing beneath sinks.
Make sure that you consider all the factors before settling on the best dehumidifier to buy for your laundry.
- First decide on an appropriate budget. There are many cost effective options available. Weigh the price up against the long term savings in terms of health, aesthetics and damage to property.
- The climatic conditions during which you experience damp problems should be taken into account. Whether it is winter or summer, the type of dehumidifier you choose should be well suited to work under the prevailing conditions.
- Consider the maintenance requirements of the dehumidifier you choose. Ensure that it does not demand too much money and time from you. There are some modern dehumidifiers that require minimal maintenance, and many models provide the facility for continuous drainage.
- Consider the controls of the humidifier you buy. Automatic ones are the best because they will switch the machine on and off when necessary.
- How portable is the dehumidifier? You might need to move it, especially when cleaning or doing repairs. You might want to use it in more than one room in your home. Therefore it should be easy to carry.