Beginner’s Guide to Renting or Buying Desiccant Dehumidifiers in San Francisco

Desiccant Dehumidifiers in San FranciscoDesiccant dehumidifiers aren’t just for homes that have been left waterlogged by floods or riddled with moisture by a leaky roof. The right unit can take that damp feeling out of a dank basement, cloying kitchen, or humid attic and safeguard your home against mold, mites, and mildew that breed in wet spaces.

But we understand that buying or renting desiccant dehumidifiers in San Francisco can be a confusing process. Between the myriad units, endless brands, and lexicon of undecipherable jargon, you’d be forgiven for forgoing the whole process altogether and dealing with the damp yourself.

That’s why we’ve compiled this handy guide to buying or renting the right dehumidifier for your needs:

1. Placement

Dehumidifiers are efficient at nuking the moisture in the air in your home. But that efficiency often translates into a racket as the moving parts inside wrestle to strip water from every molecule of air.

According to Consumer Reports, sound measurements taken 3 feet away from dehumidifiers range from about 55 to 67 decibels. To put that in perspective, it’s around the volume of a loud conversation happening just a few steps away.

That’s not a problem if you plan to leave it chugging along in the basement. But if your bedroom needs to be dried out, a noisy unit is going to cause plenty of sleepless nights.

Fortunately there’s a solution. Investing in a larger unit with a capacity that easily outstrips the size of the space you’re dehumidifying will allow you to run it at a lower, quieter speed without sacrificing performance.

2. Capacity

A small damp spot requires far less capacity than a giant waterlogged space or flooded home. It’s important to match your machine to the moisture, says

Small capacity units are usually the cheapest. They can remove between 25 to 40 pints of moisture from the air per day. They’re useful for small spaces or for drying out damp spots on your walls, floors, or ceilings.

Medium capacity systems can remove between 45 to 50 points of water from the air per day. However, these are only meant for larger spaces that are damp, not wet.

Large capacity units are those that can remove around 75 pints of moisture from the air per day. They are not limited to any particular humidity levels and pack the added benefit of being quieter than most of the other models.

3. Features

Look out for the following features to streamline and improve the dehumidification process:

  • Auto-restart functionality;
  • Hose connection;
  • Timer; and
  • Frost sensor.

Dehumidify Your San Francisco Home Today

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