Which Best Dehumidifier?
Condensation or mould spots in lofts, wardrobes, utility areas or bathrooms are all symptoms of excess humidity problems often originating from inside the home
We think by insulating our homes in winter we are keeping the dampness out. However, we are also trapping the moisture we produce in our daily lives inside also. It is a modern problem. The more people cook, bathe, wash or simply breathe out air, the more moisture is trapped inside the home. This moisture even in a heated home will migrate to the coldest part to condense into water.
Basements are relatively cool areas of the home and they are built into the ground where again it is relatively damp or even wet. The moisture from the home will tend to condense in the coldest part of the home leading to harmful effects such as condensation, dampness and mould.
A dehumidifier can keep the heat in but while keeping the home warm but which one? Peltier, Crystals, Reciprocating Compressor or Rotary Dehumidifier?
Peltier – Peltier uses thermal transfer properties of silicon to create a cooling surface. This cooling surface is where water will condense. The power of the system to cool is quite limited and although generally cheap to purchase they often extract little water typically 250ml to 1 liter / day
Silica Gel Crystals – is in sachets in window tub containers or even cat sand in a sock is used but extract little water around 100ml /day in most cases.
Reciprocating Compressor – Is the oldest technology for dehumidification. It’s usually the same compressor as you will see at the back of your refrigerator or freezer. Extraction capacity can for home units can be rated at 10 liters to 20 liters. Most dehumidifiers now have moved away from this system nosier compressors.
Rotary Compressor – These are generally quieter, more energy efficient than compressor units and allow the dehumidifier to be more compact. Ecor Pro only uses rotary compressors. Air from a rotary compressor unit will be typically 2°C warmer than the air entering so saving heating bills.
Desiccant – Sometimes referred to as Absorption Dehumidifiers use a relatively new technology using a special material that absorbs moisture but gives out moisture when heated. Therefore, there is a heater inside. It is not a room heater as such but the air coming out of the unit can be 10°C more than when it went it.
Why People Use Desiccant Dehumidifiers in the Home?
Dehumidifier water extraction level is affected by humidity level of the air (RH Relative Humidity) & air temperature. The performance of Compressor Dehumidifiers whether reciprocating or rotary are measured at 40°C and almost the humidity level of saturated air to show maximum performance.
However, those conditions which are similar to the Amazon Jungle, are not the average home. In normal home conditions a desiccant dehumidifier will typically extract double the amount of water a compressor dehumidifier will.
At normal conditions a 8 Liter unit will perform similar to a compressor unit of around 16 Liters compressor unit & a 12 Liter unit will be similar to a 25 Liter compressor dehumidifier
The future is desiccant technology. Although consuming more electricity when running they extract more water being more efficient. Therefore running costs are similar to compressor units. Any heat produced can also be offset any heating bills for the home.
To reduce the running costs further and bring compressor and compressor dehumidifiers more level for energy consumption, Ecor Pro developed “SEA” technology that can save 40% of the energy. Smart Energy Acquisition is a smart operation control technology matching usage of the home environment, number of people and weather conditions. A true innovation.
Still the Issue is Floor Space, Being in Sight & Having to Empty Water containers. Until now…
If your intention is run the dehumidifier all day everyday unattended we simply do not recommend a standard home dehumidifier. Only commercial grade dehumidifiers will do even for the home.
A commercial desiccant dehumidifier will be better & ultimately safer as they are designed to run 247. Only Ecor Pro units have rest periods in their Toyotomi range but we still recommend industrial grade desiccants for continuous operation in unoccupied dwelling applications. For the best of both worlds see our new home DryFan® that are a great solution for a desiccant dehumidifier designed to work all day and every day around the home Click Here
DryFan® compared to a TDZ80. Dryfan® is commercial grade
Is There a Downside to Home Dehumidifiers?
Dehumidifiers cost money to purchase & of course to run. You most probably will need more than one dehumidifier for your whole home despite what some will advertise. The guide below is a rule of thumb only. However, higher than normal occupancy, proximity to the sea, bungalows & conservatory owners may need bigger units or more than one .
The other problem is they have a footprint or are simply there in the living space so take up room. Of course every day they will typically need to be emptied of water.
No matter what, a dehumidifier will make a noise in the living space. We are very accurate on our sound level tests and our units tend to be the quietest when placed next to competition products. Our construction of solid plastic means sound is reduced more than other models but we feel that is important. The fan in an Ecor Pro dehumidifier is always true unlike other models again a sign of sound reduction and quality in manufacture. DryFan units are the quietest in the range and are almost as quiet as a home computer.
The biggest problem is lack of fresh air.
Fresh air is essential to keep the family healthy. If we close the windows, prevent the draughts & create a highly energy efficient home we can still have a sick home. Only our unique LD800 will keep heat in, be powerful for all larger and normal homes & is designed to run all day every day safely.