Fed Up With Condensation In Your Bathroom – Time For A Dehumidifier
The bathroom and the basement are the two places where you are most likely to suffer from condensation and humidity. Will a dehumidifier solve that problem, and if so, then which one does the best job? I worked on air conditioning and also fitting dehumidifying systems for a few years, and know only too well, the problems that come with high humidity.
It can cause a real damp musty smell which is far from pleasant. It also encourages the breeding of various organisms which are particularly troublesome for people who suffer from allergies.
if left untreated it can eventually cause mould, mildew and even rot wood.
Bathrooms are particularly susceptible to this kind of problem mainly due to the amount of water and moisture and the fluctuating temperatures. That is just a fact of life and I have found over the years that most homes do not have proper ventilation fitted, and this is especially true in bathrooms.
That is not the owners fault of course and in my opinion the builders and architects should be held a great deal more responsible for this than they currently are.
In this article I will tell you some great tips to reduce this problem and also which dehumidifier I think will do the best job for your bathroom.
A Small Dehumidifier Is Key In Most Cases
There are two main things to consider for a bathroom dehumidifier. In almost all cases space is highly limited and also difficult to find unless you have shelving. The other thing you need to consider is the size of your bathroom. It is important therefore to measure the cubic size of your bathroom. The best way to do this is by using a metric called cubic feet.
Find Out The Size of Your Bathroom
Simply measure the length, breadth and height of your bathroom. Then multiply these three figures together and you have a cubic feet measurement. So, if your bathroom measured 8 feet by 6 feet by 8 feet high then the cubic size would be 8x6x8 which would be 384 cubic feet.
Small bathrooms are typically 333 cubic feet or less and can be dealt with using a small dehumidifier. Between 333 and 800 are medium sized rooms and anything over that is considered large.
This article is dealing with small dehumidifiers so the ideal bathroom size for these to work efficiently should always be less than 333 cubic feet. At a push, you could push this up to about 400 but it would be inadvisable to put a small appliance in anything bigger than this.
It would just not be designed to do the job and simply would not work for you.
So Which Small Dehumidifier Is Best?
Now that we know we are dealing with a small bathroom (under 333 cubic feet) you do have a number of options. Most small dehumidifiers weigh around 1 pound in weight and measure 6″ by 5″ by about 2″.
Have a look around and see if there is anywhere that you can actually place the dehumidifier. Do you have any shelving? If so that is ideal. However you can also use a simple hanging hook as well.
I would recommend the Eva Dry E-333 Mini Dehumidifier for using in a bathroom.
The main reason is of course because I have one myself and it does a fantastic job. Here are the main benefits of picking one of these:
- Perfectly designed for small spaces
- No need for a power source or batteries
- Comes with a 5-year warranty
- Good value for money
- Has a low capacity
- Takes 8-12 hours to recharge
Clearly this is a efficient energy device as it does not draw power or use batteries. Also it is very effective at dealing with bathrooms after a bath or shower that have poor ventilation. This small dehumidifier can draw up to 6 ounces of moisture. After that you do need to plug it in and recharge it.
You know it is full as the colour of the crystals change from blue when dry to pink when wet. As all the crystals turn pink, then it is time for you to recharge the small unit. These crystals are non-toxic and odourless. You can not spill anything from the unit.
I find the main pain with this dehumidifier is the charging time when it gets full. It takes longer than I would like but when I compare this to other products, there is not a great deal of difference in this feature.
The one I own and the one I know works best for me.
This can handle slightly bigger bathrooms up to about 400 cubic feet, and holds about 4-6 cups of moisture.
Quick Video Reviewing Eva Dry Dehumidifiers
The main difference, apart from size of course, between these small dehumidifiers and the standard ones that we may be more familiar with, is that there is no bucket to empty. Almost all of these small or mini dehumidifiers use crystals or a gel that absorb the air moisture.
The video below explains just how this technique works. That makes them perfect for small places like closets, under the sink, gun safes and bathrooms.
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