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Ebac Dehumidifiers - Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Why do I need a dehumidifier?
Where does the water come from?
How does a dehumidifier work?
How much water can I expect to take out?
Would I need to run a dehumidifier all the year round?
What if the dehumidifier dries the air too much?

 

 

Why do I need a dehumidifier?

If you regularly see condensation on your windows, or damp and mould spots in the corners of cold or little used rooms, the air in your home probably contains excess moisture. If you donít do anything about it, this moisture can damage your carpets, curtains, furniture and even your walls. You need a dehumidifier to remove this excess moisture before it becomes a serious problem.

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Where does the water come from?

The list is virtually endless; running a shower or bath, boiling a kettle, cooking a meal, doing the dishes and drying laundry all increase the level of moisture in your home. Even something as simple as breathing, the weather and climate can add to the problem creating condensation and damp.

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How does a dehumidifier work?

The way a dehumidifier works is similar way to the way condensation forms on a cold window. A dehumidifier contains a compact refrigeration system which makes it the coldest place in the house. Air is drawn into the cold dehumidifier where any moisture in the air condenses on the hydrophilic coils and is collected on the easy pour container.

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How much water can I expect to take out?

90% of homes can produce 3- 5 pints per day, but every home is different. For example, itís not unusual to find next door neighbours in almost identical homes with the same family size producing different amounts of moisture. Thereís no hard and fast rule about how much moisture to take out, but you will soon know if your dehumidifier is working effectively as condensation will start to disappear and your home will feel much drier and healthier.

 

There are other unseen benefits too, including a reduction of moisture levels in your furnishings and walls, less mould and fungal spores and fewer house mites - all of which can provoke allergies, and aggregate asthma and arthritis.

 

You might also find that your laundry dries quicker with a dehumidifier in your home, which is a welcomed benefit in winter or if you live in an apartment that has no outside drying space.

 

There are other unseen benefits too, including a reduction of moisture levels in your furnishings and walls, less mould and fungal spores and fewer house mites – all of which can provoke allergies.

 

You might also find that your laundry dries quicker with a dehumidifier in your home, which is a welcome benefit in winter or if you live in an apartment that has no outside drying space.

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Would I need to run a dehumidifier all the year round?

Running a dehumidifier from early October until the spring is generally sufficient as more moisture is generated during the winter weather. It's also better to start using your dehumidifier before the winter starts; this reduces the risk of moisture soaking into your walls. If you do start your dehumidifier part way through the winter it is advisable to run it continuously for around 2 weeks to ensure your home is properly dried out.

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What if the dehumidifier dries the air too much?

Unless your settings are wildly incorrect, this simply won’t happen. If there is no more moisture there the dehumidifier can’t collect it. Plus, Smart ControlTM eliminates this issue altogether as it constantly monitors conditions against the “ideal” environment.

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