If your home recently sustained water damage, it’s only natural to worry about the costs of restoration. From replacing furniture to making structural repairs, there are all sorts of expenses to consider. One of the easiest ways to reduce the overall cost of restoration and possibly salvage your carpet and furniture is to rent or buy emergency drying equipment.
Commercial drying equipment, such as air movers and dehumidifiers, will expel moisture from the air inside your home, thus preventing dry rot, mold growth, and structural damage. This blog will explain three mistakes you should avoid when searching for the best unit for your needs.
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Here are three mistakes to avoid when renting or buying emergency drying equipment:
1. Choosing the Wrong Power or Capacity
The power and capacity of the unit you choose will ultimately determine the electricity consumption. Before you compare the options, it is first important to evaluate the size of the room you want to dry and its level of “wetness.” If a room is small (500 square feet or so) and there’s no standing water, you might be able to get away with a dehumidifier with a capacity of 10 to 16 pints. The air mover you choose could be about ¼ horsepower with a relatively low CFM, which measures the amount of air the unit moves per minute.
However, larger rooms require higher-capacity dehumidifiers and more powerful air movers. For instance, a 2,000-square-foot room that is relatively wet might require a dehumidifier with a capacity of 37 pints and an air mover with 1 horsepower and a high CFM.
2. Placing the Dehumidifier in the Wrong Position
For optimal efficiency, you’ll want to place your dehumidifier in the most humid room. Be sure to place it away from dust and dirt in order to avoid grime buildup.
3. Placing the Air Mover at the Wrong Angle
You might think that aiming your air mover upward would generate the maximum circulation, but the best angle is actually low to the ground. Also, make sure there is nothing obstructing the wind trajectory.
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