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Five Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Dehumidifier

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Dehumidifiers are often placed in a home that is experiencing mould growth problems. Excessive moisture in the air can accumulate on the surfaces of walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture and create an environment that's conducive to mould growth. 

If you've decided to try combatting excessive humidity levels and mould growth in your home with a dehumidifier, avoid the following five mistakes to maximize the effectiveness of this piece of equipment:

Not measuring out square footage

Dehumidifiers are designed to handle rooms of a particular size. Their capacity is generally labelled according to how large a room they can effectively dehumidify. 

If you place a dehumidifier in your room without determining that it is the appropriate size, it might end up being completely ineffective at lowering humidity levels. Take your room's measurements so that you can pick out an appropriate dehumidifier for the best possible results. 

Placing the dehumidifier too close to obstacles

Placing a dehumidifier too close to walls or other obstacles can obstruct air flow. Keep your dehumidifier located away from any obstructions so that your unit gets all the air it needs and can easily circulate dehumidified air throughout the room. 

Leaving doors and windows open when the dehumidifier is running

Like any piece of HVAC equipment, a dehumidifier operates most effectively when you keep doors and windows closed. If you keep doors and windows open, humid air from the outdoors can enter your home and undermine your dehumidifier's efforts to keep your home's interior air free of excessive moisture.  

Throwing away waste water

Your dehumidifier will produce waste water. This waste water is the actual moisture that has been removed from your home's air. It is classified as greywater, which refers to any relatively clean waste water produced by household fixtures like sinks and washing machines. 

While this water is not safe for drinking, it can be used for other purposes. For example, you can use waste greywater to water houseplants. 

Leaving the dehumidifier on all the time

If you're leaving your dehumidifier on around the clock, you're probably overdoing it. When you keep your doors and windows closed during dehumidifier operation, you should be able to adequately dehumidify your air even if you're only running your dehumidifier a few hours a day.

Remember that excessively dry air in the home can cause just as many problems as excessive moisture. Overly dehumidified air can cause problems like dry skin and allergies for household residents. For mould removal, talk to a professional.