Dehumidifiers are very beneficial for several reasons that lead to better health and overall quality of life. But, should a dehumidifier run constantly? Although they are built for extended use, they shouldn’t be used too long. Doing so can result in problems that can otherwise be prevented.
Let’s Talk RH Levels
An RH level which stands for relative humidity is the current amount of humidity in ratio to the highest amount of humidity level. For example, if the relative humidity in your home is at the absolute highest(100) then you will begin to sweat. Ideal RH Levels are between 40% and 55%, as moisture can produce issues such as mold at 65% RH Levels.
So, How Long Should a Dehumidifier Run?
Although there is no set time limit on how long to run it, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you want to keep it running on the highest setting until all the moisture in the air has been collected. You will know when it’s reached capacity when your tank has completely filled. Also, when you first begin using your dehumidifier it won’t take much time for it to fill as in 6 or 7 hours, it will have reached capacity which is normal. Another thing to keep in mind is dehumidifiers vary in settings in correlation with differing RH Levels. However, it’s ideal to run it until at least 60% RH has been reached.
Potential Problems From Excess Runtime
While using a dehumidifier for hours at a time is okay, running it 24/7 is not. Doing so can result in wear and tear on various parts which only cuts the dehumidifiers lifespan very short. If you do notice your dehumidifier is starting to make strange noises or is simply not working the same, it may be time to look into repairs or invest in a new one.
However, to prevent this you can instead make some changes, one being taking the time to identify the source of cause of excess moisture. One way would be to ensure your windows and doors are properly sealed. Failing to do so can mean extra wind and moisture from outside will find its way in, resulting in a possibly overworked dehumidifier. You can simply purchase seals to block out the air which will cut down on moisture greatly. Another tip is to ensure your bathroom is dry after hot showers and baths. It’s very easy for bathrooms to collect moisture due to the warm water which collects in the air quickly, especially in smaller washrooms.
Practicing airing it out after leaving the room can also greatly cut down on the amount of moisture in your home. You can do so by simply airing it out with a fan, turning on the vent or by making sure you don’t close the door once you’ve left the bathroom. Instead, leave the door open for a few hours to help it quickly dry, thus lessening the amount of moisture collecting in your home. Lastly, be sure you refer to the manual included with your dehumidifier. Following the settings on it accordingly can help extend its lifespan and simply help improve your homes quality of air in the best ways possible.