So you have bought yourself a dehumidifier. You are all set to breathe in the fresh new air while you busk in the comfort of your brand new home appliance. But do you know where you should put it? In this article, I’ll guide you through the whole process of choosing the best place for your dehumidifier.
The best place for your dehumidifier is usually the room with the highest levels of humidity. As an example, the basement, kitchen, bathroom, etc are usually the main sources of humidity issues. Set the machine centrally, you would want to make sure the machine is at a location where it can draw air easily.
Trust me it’s simple and just by following a few easy steps, you can ensure the maximum performance of your dehumidifier. So then let’s get right into it.
Where Should You Put a Dehumidifier:
If you haven’t noticed yet, some rooms in your house specifically feel way warmer than others. It’s because these rooms usually have a higher level of humidity than usual. Placing a dehumidifier in these rooms can aid ventilation and make the room feel more comfortable. Here are some of the best places to put a dehumidifier :
- The kitchen
- The bedroom
The basement is usually one of the first places a dehumidifier needs to go. Since basements are usually placed underground they are much more susceptible to issues with humidity. However, it’s important to make sure the basement floor isn’t too moist or damp, as it might harm the machine.
Related read: Are Basement Dehumidifiers Worth It?
Many bathrooms lack windows or exhaust fans which allow humidity to dissipate. Without proper ventilation, high levels of humidity can cause mold to grow. A small dehumidifier can help with this issue.
If your house has a crawlspace it likely has issues with moisture build-up. Crawl Spaces usually don’t take up much space and a small-sized dehumidifier can improve the conditions of the space almost immediately.
A serious cause of humidity in your home usually is the kitchen. I’m sure your kitchen tends to heat up, steam is constantly brewing and it’s making the humidity inside your house rise. A dehumidifier can remove the excess humidity from the air and make your kitchen much colder, making your cooking experiences way more comfortable.
If the climate of the area you live in is usually quite humid, a dehumidifier can make every night a dreamy night for you. As dehumidifiers are known to make your space much colder.
Where You Should Not Place a Dehumidifier:
Now that we know where we can place the dehumidifier it’s important to know where we shouldn’t place it. This step is very important to ensure safety while using the home appliance.
Near air vents:
Dehumidifiers aren’t designed to deal with dust, lint and other air particles hence it’s important to keep them away from air vents.
Moist or damp floor:
Your dehumidifier will trap moisture in a wet carpet if it’s placed right above it. This increases the chances of mold growth.
Open doors or windows:
Dehumidifiers are made to remove moisture from a closed space. For this reason when we put it in front of an open door or window the machine struggles to work properly.
What to Consider Before Placing a Dehumidifier:
Your dehumidifier is almost fully ready to be placed in your desired location. However, there are a few things you need to keep in consideration before placing it. These things are important to get the best results out of your dehumidifier so let’s check them out :
Provide good airflow:
This goes without saying, you wanna keep your dehumidifier in a location it can draw air easily. You don’t wanna put it behind any furniture or the bed as it will disrupt the airflow of your machine. Good airflow is crucial for your dehumidifier to work properly.
Leave enough space for outlet airflow:
Dehumidifiers make the air colder by sucking the moisture from the air and collecting it in the bucket. And in this process, the air that comes out is usually heated up. It’s essential to leave enough space for the outlet air to flow or it might damage the machine.
Keep it away from electric sources:
Dehumidifiers hold water in its tank. For this reason, being near an electric source might be dangerous as it might cause a hazard. A minimum safe distance is usually 6 (Six) feet.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Should you keep the dehumidifier on the floor or up high?
It is better to keep your dehumidifier on the floor unless the location or the space doesn’t permit it. In that case, you can always put the machine on top of a chair.
Q. Which way should your dehumidifier face?
The general placement of your dehumidifier should be towards the center and it should be facing the room at a minimum of 6-12 inches away from the wall. Also, the blank space is important for proper airflow.
Q. Do you need a dehumidifier in every room?
You can have a dehumidifier in every room in your house but it’s not necessary. You can however get a whole-house dehumidifier. This basically regulates moisture levels in your whole house.
Q. Should you put a dehumidifier in your car?
Putting a dehumidifier in your car can be quite dangerous and it’s not recommended.
Q. Is it normal to notice a difference in humidity between the two floors?
It is completely normal. The reason you might notice this difference is because the warm and humid air is less dense than the hot dry air on one floor compared to the other.
That’s pretty much everything you need to know about where you should place your dehumidifier. Just remember to identify where you might actually need it and start from there.
Rahik has experience writing professional blogs, particularly about home appliances. As an undergraduate tutor, Rahik taught undergraduate students academic writing before becoming a professional writer.