During high levels of humidity, the air tends to feel heavy as if you can just swim through it if you want to. That soggy and heavy feeling is because of the air’s high moisture content.
But, how can you tell if your dehumidifier is working properly? You can use a hygrometer for monitoring the levels of humidity to check if your unit is functioning properly. If the humidity is kept at ideal levels and your dehumidifier is collecting water then it is working properly.
You can set up on a table or mount on a wall a handy and battery-powered hygrometer. This will display the room temperature and humidity levels for you to check and see whether your dehumidifier is working properly and maintaining the level of humidity as set on the humidistat.
To ensure that your dehumidifier works properly all the time, there are several other things you can do to care for it:
- Save and check the owner’s manual that comes with the unit to get tips straight from the manufacturer.
- Set the humidistat of the dehumidifier at the right level of humidity, often around 35% relative humidity. It is very important that the humidistat of your unit is set to the appropriate level of humidity. Setting the humidistat at an extremely low humidity level will make your dehumidifier run continuously. It will just waste energy that will result in higher electric bills. It could even have a detrimental effect on the air quality of your home. Many homes need a certain humidity level to prevent drying out damage to paint and wood and control static electricity. Too much dryness may even lead to chapped skin and lips, respiratory issues, bloody noses, and overall discomfort for both people and pets.
- Clean the dehumidifier’s water bucket or water container. To prevent mold growth, the condensate or water bucket of your dehumidifier must be cleaned every month or as often as required. To do this, power off then unplug your dehumidifier. Remove the water container then wash it using a small amount of dish detergent and warm water. Rinse then dry it thoroughly before you put it back to the unit.
- Clean or replace the air filter once a year. There may be a simple and electrostatic air filter found in the grill area of your dehumidifier. Check the filter twice a year for tears or any other damage. If you find any damage, replace it right away. There are filters that can be cleaned while others may need replacement. Check the owner’s manual of the unit for specific instructions on proper filter care. Enter the model number of the dehumidifier to find replacement filters made for your unit.
Inspect the dehumidifier’s cooling coils for ice or frost build up. When the room temperature falls under 60 degrees Fahrenheit, the evaporator coils in your unit may form ice build up. It can result in a pricey repair.
A dehumidifier should be used in a room kept more than 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It may help to raise the unit up off the floor since room temperature is often coolest close to the floor.