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The Care and Keeping of Your Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers don’t require much maintenance. If you’re concerned that yours may not be operating as well as it should, here’s how to maintain it.

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to control the humidity levels throughout your home, you may want to invest in a home dehumidifier. These machines can pull moisture from the air, thus keeping the humidity lower. 

Most dehumidifiers are easy to install, but they still require some maintenance to serve your home effectively. If you want to keep your dehumidifier in working order, consider the following ways you can ensure its best performance: 

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Place Your Dehumidifier in A Dry, Unobstructed Spot 

Your dehumidifier will perform at different levels of functionality based on where you place it within your home. The easiest way to keep your dehumidifier safe from damage is to prevent it from coming into contact with standing water or unusually cold environments. You’ll also want to do what you can to prevent your dehumidifier from obstructions, as a dehumidifier that has to work around a cabinet or bicycle rack can overwork itself. 

Before you install a dehumidifier, be sure to look through your home for a dry and generally unobstructed location, while also keeping the dehumidifier close to those spots that see the most moisture over the course of the day. One of the contractors working in the St. Cloud, MN, area can help you identify those spots in your home that may need the most attention and can, in turn, help you place your dehumidifier accordingly. 

Consider Regular Bucket-emptying 

Your dehumidifier is unlikely to overflow thanks to its own internal sensors, but that doesn’t mean you’ll want to leave its collected moisture in its bucket for more than a day at a time. If you want your dehumidifier to work effectively in your home, you’re going to need to set an emptying schedule and stick to it. This way, your dehumidifier’s circuits won’t suffer for the prolonged exposure to sitting water, and mold will be less likely to build up in the hard-to-reach crevices of the machine. 

However, you’ll be able to avoid that hassle by having a contractor like Innovative Basement Authority install an energy-efficient, self-draining dehumidifier. The units we offer can be directed to drain collected moisture/water into a sump pump system, so there are no buckets or reservoirs that you have to worry about emptying on a regular basis. 

Clean Your Dehumidifier 

Speaking of mold, you will need to clean your dehumidifier if you want it to continue serving your home well. The longer you leave your dehumidifier unattended, the more likely it is that the debris it’s pulled from the air will clog its filters. In the same vein, the prolonged exposure to high levels of moisture can cause mold to form in the coils and other parts of the machine if you don’t frequently wipe the internal mechanisms down with a gentle cleanser. If you’re unsure how to best clean the unit, don’t hesitate to reach out to the expert team at Innovative Basement Authority that can help you properly clean and care for your dehumidifier. 

Check Your Humidistat 

If you live in an area that sees a significant amount of moisture build-up on a daily or weekly basis, it may be possible for you to overwork your dehumidifier. The best way to prevent the kind of damage that comes with overworking your machine is to check your humidistat frequently. In doing so, you can determine when it may be best to let your dehumidifier rest for a while and when you can run it at full throttle. 

Inspect Your Filters 

You’ll also want to check on and change the filters inside your dehumidifier between two and three times a year, depending on the quality of the air in your area. Your filters help keep the aforementioned debris out of the air. Dirty ones can instead send that debris back into your HVAC system, not to mention into the other rooms in your home. While local hardware stores carry many filters, it’s best to work with the professional contractors in your area to check and change the filters that are unique to these units. 

Keep an Eye on Your Coils 

The coils in your dehumidifier can fall victim to the effects of cooler temperatures if you don’t check on them frequently. Should the moisture that your dehumidifier pulls out of the air get into your coils, they risk freezing, especially during the cooler months of the year. 

Ideally, you’ll want to keep the environment in which your dehumidifier rests at least 60°F throughout the year. If the temperature dips below that, be sure to check on your coils to make sure they haven’t suffered from any significant damage. 

Reach Out for Professional Guidance 

If you want to invest in alternative home waterproofing measures, or if you need help determining what parts of your home may most need a dehumidifier, the professionals at Innovative Basement Authority can help. After a free home inspection, you can look over the free quote provided to you by your Innovative Basement Authority inspector to determine what repairs or installations may best suit your needs.

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