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Install your dehumidifier correctly



Exactly how you install your dehumidifier affects how effective it actually is. Location, drainage and proper maintenance are factors that should be considered when setting up your new machine. Set up your dehumidifier properly, removing moisture from the air and preventing costly repairs.

Whether you already own a dehumidifier that does not work or you want to explain this installation procedure in this manual, this is for you.

Where you place your dehumidifier will improve or hurt your performance.


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Step 1
: Choose the Right Type and Location

The most common type of dehumidifiers are portable devices that are affordable and compact. The advantage of a portable dehumidifier is that it can be moved easily, a great blessing for large houses or temporary dehumidification needs. The disadvantage? They have limited operating ranges and typically can handle only a medium sized room (about 250 square feet).

If you have purchased a portable dehumidifier, make sure the room it is in is no larger than what the machine can carry. Then put it in the room that needs it most. For example, cellars are often prone to moisture. Other problem areas are steamy bathrooms and kitchens with poor ventilation.

Consider how loud your dehumidifier might be. Since dehumidifiers use fans to circulate air, think twice before placing them in an area where noise might be annoying. Living rooms, hallways and bedrooms are usually dehumidified.

If you suffer from humid conditions throughout the house, a portable unit will probably not be enough. This is especially true if you are dependent on a central air (HVAC) system for home air conditioning. A better solution in this scenario is to buy a dehumidifier for the entire household. These units integrate directly into your existing HVAC systems and are powerful enough to cope with houses of several thousand square meters. However, they require proper installation and are expensive ($ 1,000 or more).

Connect a drain hose so that the dehumidifier can pump out the water it collects.


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Step 2: Select Your Dewatering Method

Dehumidifiers work by condensing moisture from humid air. You then collect this water in an internal drip tray or tank. Some models also have a motorized pump to automatically drain tank water automatically. It is a handy feature and suggests manually draining the drip tray. The big disadvantage, however, is that the dehumidifier must be placed near a sink or drain.

Drain your dehumidifier either into a pipe or directly into a sink.


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If you choose a model with a motorized pump, connect a water hose to the drainage port of the dehumidifier. Then place the other end of the supplied drain hose in a sink, drain, or drain. Always use the water hose or hose supplied with your appliance as its length is equal to the nominal feed distance of your machine.

Select the target RH value. Between 35 and 50 percent is the ideal range.


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Step 3: Set your preferred ambient humidity

Next, it's time to connect your dehumidifier. When selecting the desired humidity, make sure that it is between 35 and 50 percent (relative humidity). This is the optimal room humidity range. Now your device is working to keep the moisture content close to this value.

Regular cleaning is key so dehumidifiers can perform at their best.


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Step 4: Regular maintenance

After installation, do not forget to maintain your dehumidifier regularly. If the device is cleaned frequently, it may work properly. It also protects against germs and mold. To take a closer look at how to keep your dehumidifier clean, watch this video:


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