Dehumidifiers work effectively to eliminate excess moisture from your indoor air, they are perfect for basements where humidity levels are high and prevent mold growth.
- They can also be used to repel pests that thrive in warm, damp environments.
However, as effective as they are, there are times you should not run your dehumidifier. For starters, if you are not around to empty the condensate bucket, avoid using your dehumidifier. There are 2 ways in which your dehumidifier collects moisture. The first way is by collecting the condensate in a reservoir bucket. The other way is by using the drainage hose, and once the bucket is complete, your dehumidifier will shut off and will not turn back on until the bucket is empty. Occasionally the collected water will back up and form a pool around your unit. Do not run your dehumidifier when your relative humidity is below 30%. Knowing the relative humidity of your house helps determine when to run your dehumidifier. A hygrometer may come in handy for this purpose, but ideally, your living space should be kept lower than 60% but higher than 30%. In contrast, too high humidity levels promote mold growth which may be detrimental to your health. Too low humidity levels also impact your health, and without adequate moisture, you increase the chances of the cold and flu virus and irritated skin. Do not run your dehumidifier when the temperature levels are too low, then cold weather is not ideal for dehumidifier use, like below 65 degrees. Running your unit then will waste energy.