The best desiccants for removing damp and drying clothes – LSB

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Your home is probably stocked with all the essentials, but what about a dehumidifier? It might not be on your wedding gift list, but they’re a seriously valuable addition to any home — especially if your home has damp or mold, or someone in your home suffers from allergies.

A dehumidifier can also save you money on bills, which is always welcome.

But which dehumidifier should you buy? Unless you’re a moisture expert, all dehumidifiers look the same. It’s hard to know which model is right for you and your home. That’s why we’re here to help. Let’s start with some background information.

What is a moisture trap?

A dehumidifier is a device that stands in the corner of a room and sucks moisture out of the air. This means cleaner and healthier air. Simply set the desired humidity level and let the machine do its job. The recommended humidity in your home is between 40% and 60% during the summer months and somewhere between 30% and 50% when it gets colder. Anything above 60% and then humid conditions can lead to moisture, condensation, mold and bacteria. This is especially problematic for asthma and allergy sufferers, as mold can cause respiratory problems. Carpets in damp environments can also hold moisture and attract mites.

How do moisture traps work?

There are two main types of dryers:

Refrigerant moisture traps — They are also known as compressors and work by using a cold coil which extracts the condensation from the air when it comes into contact with the cold surface of the coil. This condensation then drips into a reservoir (which can vary in capacity).

Desiccant dryers — They pass the air through a wheel which is covered with a water-absorbing material known as a desiccant (somewhat like a sponge). The desiccant is regenerated by an internal heater so the moisture drips into the tank. Desiccant dehumidifiers can release some heat – ideal for unheated spaces – while refrigerated dehumidifiers struggle at lower temperatures.

The best type of dehumidifier for you and your home will depend on your budget and a bunch of other factors like available space.

How much water does the moisture trap collect?

Dehumidifiers are usually listed according to their moisture collection quota per day, from 10 liters to 20 liters plus every 24 hours. It’s worth noting that some models are advertised based on performance in countries with higher humidity than the UK, and you’re unlikely to collect 25 liters each day. Remember that dehumidifiers have a maximum water tank capacity, usually between 1 and 4 litres. So even if you’re collecting liters upon liters of water from the air, the tank will need to be emptied regularly. Unless it has a continuous drain feature, in which case you can attach a hose to the ring from the unit to a drain.

Where should you put a moisture trap?

The obvious answer is to place the dehumidifier in rooms with a moisture problem. Close the windows and doors as well. If it’s a bathroom, place the dehumidifier in front of the door and let the device suck the moisture out of the room.

Can tumble dryers dry clothes?

During the winter months, using a dehumidifier to dry clothes is a real game changer. Saves a trip to the laundromat or the expense of maintaining your own dryer — and stops you stuffing your radiator with wet clothes. Also, wet clothes at home only add air. For best results, hang your laundry on a rack next to the dehumidifier in a small room. The dryer will pull the moisture out of your clothes so they dry faster.

Do dryers use a lot of electricity?

In addition to saving on laundry costs, a dehumidifier will save money on heating bills because less moisture means less cold air in the air. You can also save money on mold or odor removal products. And that dryer you were thinking of buying? Forget it. A moisture trap will cost you significantly less. Generally speaking, a portable dehumidifier will consume between 30 and 50 watts per hour.

Which is the most economical moisture trap?

There are many dehumidifiers and it is difficult to say which model is the most economical. That’s because something that uses the least energy per hour may need to be on longer to get the job done. It’s always worth checking the energy rating of the unit and if in doubt, Meaco make many of the most economical dehumidifiers on the market.

Which is the best moisture absorber?

The question is not which is best, but which works best for you and your home. Or more precisely the humidity in your home. We’ve done the hard work researching the best models and brands to help you make an informed decision.

There are the best moisture wicks for 2023.

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