Dehumidifiers Wiki

As always, we pride ourselves on being “the Geeks”, but we full well know that what matters is to deliver simple, actionnable answers to the every-day users of these devices.

We received a lot of questions regarding dehumidifiers (including what does it do?), so here are our answers, and we hope it is useful to the every day women and men in need of dehumidifying spaces.

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You had questions, we have answers (or some of them!).

So with no further ado, let’s dive into your questions and problems!

ℹ️ It goes without saying, but let’s say it: we are not doctors or lawyers, and the following does not constitute legal or medical advice. When in doubt, please always stay on the safe side!

Dehumidifiers : The Basics

Dehumidifier: where to place them?

Short version : try to avoid obstructing air flow.

The effectiveness of a dehumidifier is dependent on where and how the unit is placed. For best performance, it is critical to select a suitable place for your unit. Whether you are trying to control the amount of moisture in your basement, crawl space, or laundry room, proper placement enhances the effectiveness of your unit, thereby enabling you to achieve the desired environment.

Incorrect placement can not only affect the energy required by your unit to effectively pull excess moisture from the air but it can also reduce the speed of dehumidification.

A basement dehumidifier

A basement dehumidifier

One of the key considerations when selecting a suitable place for your dehumidifier is the distance between your unit and the walls or anything else that can obstruct airflow. It is also critical to factor how you will connect the drainage system of your unit. It is advisable to ensure that your unit is as close as possible to the middle of the space that you are dehumidifying. Furthermore, most manufacturers recommend that you place your unit at least six inches from the wall.

Most dehumidifiers offer more than one drainage option, and it is, therefore, necessary to consider the method you will be using to empty the captured water when selecting a suitable place for your unit. In case you will be draining the captured water under gravity, you should not place your dehumidifier on the floor.

The sleek design of the DD50P... and its hose!

The sleek design of the DD50P… and its hose!

Placing the unit on the floor makes it difficult for the captured water to flow to an external sink, thereby increasing chances of leakages. It is also critical to consider your source of power when selecting a suitable place for your dehumidifier.

Whereas most dehumidifiers do not perform optimally when placed close to walls, some are designed to allow multiple placement options. Such units offer more flexibility when it comes to selecting a suitable place for them.

→ We picked the dehumidifier for basements, crawl spaces, and even gun safes for you!

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Are dehumidifiers expensive to run (will they increase the electric bill)?

Short version : it can! Make sure you buy an efficient dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers play a critical role in ensuring that the air in our homes does not have excess moisture. In humid environments, a dehumidifier is an essential appliance that one cannot live without. By controlling the amount of water vapour in the air in your home, this unit not only creates an environment that is favorable for you and your family but also protects your valuables from rusting and rotting. On the flip side, your dehumidifier can cause your electricity bill to spike, especially if you run it continuously.

The amount of electricity consumed by a dehumidifier mainly depends on the model, dehumidification capacity, and hours of operations. In case your appliance has served you for years, then it is likely to consume more units as compared to newer models. Newer models are usually based on latest technologies, and they tend to have higher efficiencies. If you are looking for an energy efficient dehumidifier, then it is advisable to go for an Energy Star related appliance. Such appliances are designed to consume minimum power, thereby enabling the user to save money.

When planning to order a dehumidifier, it is important to consider various factors including the dehumidification capacity of the appliance, drainage options, ease of installation and use, and cost. High capacity dehumidifiers consume more power as compared to low capacity units. If you are looking for a dehumidifier for your small space, it is, therefore, advisable to go for a low capacity unit, and vice versa.

An iconic logo!

Make sure you see this iconic logo!

Some features such as heaters and built-in pumps increase the power requirements of dehumidifiers. Unless you require such features, it is advisable not to use them because they can cause your electricity bill to shoot. The efficiency of a dehumidifier, just like most appliances, decreases with time, usually due to wear and tear. You can improve the effectiveness of your old dehumidifier by servicing it on regular basis.

→ We picked the best dehumidifiers for you. Make sure you control efficiency during the unit’s lifetime.

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Are dehumidifiers loud?

Short version : no – and you can go for extra-silent ones.

Some dehumidifiers produce loud sound and they are, therefore, unsuitable for spaces that demand quietness. If you are looking for a dehumidifier for your bedroom, office space, or study room, then you need to go for a unit that runs quietly. The loudness of an air purifier varies from one model to another. Most manufacturers provide the noise levels of their products to enable you to select a unit that is best suited for your needs.

The amount of noise produced by a dehumidifier mainly depends on the mode of operation, make, and size of the appliance. Large dehumidifiers usually produce more sound as compared to smaller units. Nevertheless, there are large units that produce less noise as compared to smaller units. When selecting a dehumidifier for a quiet environment, you should avoid noisy units.

When running at high speeds, dehumidifiers produce more noise than when they are running at low speeds. In case you are studying or going to sleep, it is advisable to set your unit to the lowest speed. However, it is important to note that the unit captures less moisture when it is running at low speed.

Dehumidifiers are always less than 70 dB

Dehumidifiers are always less than 70 dB

If your dehumidifier has started producing a disturbing sound, then you should examine it to know the cause of the problem. In most cases, this is caused by wearing out of parts or lack of proper maintenance. To prevent this, you should ensure that your unit is serviced on regular basis. When servicing your unit, you should clean it, tighten loose parts, lubricate all moving parts, and replace worn out parts. With proper maintenance, your dehumidifier can serve you for years without a significant increase in the noise that it produces.

→ We picked our selection of the most quiet dehumidifiers so you can run yours while sleeping!

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Should my dehumidifier run all the time / continuously?

Short version : yes! Most devices are autonomous.

Whereas some dehumidifiers can remove excess moisture from the air in your room within a short time, less powerful units require more time to bring the humidity of your space to your desired level.

The capacity of a dehumidifier is one of the key factors that you should consider when selecting a dehumidifier for your space because it determines the speed at which your unit dehumidifies the air. In case you live in a high humidity environment, then you should go for a unit that offers a high dehumidification capacity.

Makes up for a cozy atmosphere!

Makes up for a cozy atmosphere!

Apart from providing dehumidification capacities, most manufacturers provide an estimate of the recommended space size. This helps you to select a unit that is suitable for your room. In case you select a unit that has a smaller capacity, then it may not be able to effectively dehumidify your space. With such a unit, you will need to run it continuously to keep the relative humidity of your room within the desired level.

On the other hand, if you select a unit that is bigger than what your space needs, it will be pulling excess moisture from the air in your room within a short time. You will not need to run such a unit continuously.

Are you looking for a dehumidifier that is capable of controlling the relative humidity of your home without causing an unnecessary spike in your electricity bill? If that is what you are looking for, then you need to consider the capacities of the available options. Whereas a large unit will dehumidify your space faster, it can consume more energy because large units have bigger fans and compressors that demand more energy.

Very sleek controls!

Dehumidifier with a timer make it easier to run

Although the unit may not be running continuously, frequent starts can cause a significant effect on your electricity bill. In comparison, if you select a small unit, it will be struggling to keep your space effectively dehumidified. Considering that you will need to run it continuously, it can also consume more power that it is necessary.

For best performance, it is advisable to select a unit with a capacity that is slightly higher than the one recommended by your manufacturer. Such a unit will waste less energy, and it will not struggle to keep the relative humidity of your space within the desired level.

In addition, you can opt to run such a unit continuously or for a given number of hours depending on the humidity level of your space.

→ We picked the best dehumidifiers so you can run it all winter!

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Will dehumidifier make a room warmer?

Short version : yes, slightly. Try coupling it with a portable air conditioner.

If you are trying to combat mold, mildew, or unfavourable levels of air moisture, then a dehumidifier is the best appliance to go for. Just like most electronic appliances, dehumidifiers dissipate heat when they are running. Depending on the amount of heat that the unit is producing, it can cause a significant rise in the temperature of your room.

Getting hot?

Getting hot?

Whereas there are dehumidifiers that can warm you house, most units are optimized to waste minimum energy, and they are, therefore, unlikely to cause a significant increase in temperature. In case you live in a hot place, it is important to consider this factor before ordering a specific unit.

When a dehumidifier is running, the compressor is the main part that produces heat. Although the heat it produces is unlikely to warm your room, the effect can be noticeable if the unit is running continuously. As such, it is necessary to select a dehumidifier that is capable of controlling the relative humidity of your space without producing excess heat.

Without running continuously, a dehumidifier is less likely to warm your room. If your dehumidifier has to run continuously to effectively dehumidify your space, then it is likely that you selected a unit that is smaller than what your room demands.

Intuitive and beautiful interface

Intuitive and beautiful interface

During summer, such a unit can cause serious problems, and it can reduce the effectiveness of your air conditioner.
To avoid the problem, it is advisable to select a unit that offers a dehumidification capacity that is slightly higher than the one recommended by the manufacturer.

Such a unit will be capable of controlling the humidity of your space without increasing the temperature to unfavourable levels.

→ Too hot? Need an air conditioner? We compiled the best portable ACs for you!

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Dehumidifier and Potential uses

Do dehumidifiers help with asthma?

Short version : It helps. Have you thought about an air purifier? In any case, see a doctor first!

In homes, airborne contaminants such as dust mites and mold spores are major triggers of asthma and allergic reactions. If you are trying to control your mild or acute asthmatic reactions, then you need to address the root cause of the problem.

Unbeknownst to most people, excess moisture creates a suitable environment for the growth and multiplications of various irritants and allergens that can trigger or worsen your asthma. Apart from putting your health at risk, these contaminants can ruin the environment of your home and make it an unsafe place for you and your family.

When the relative humidity is above 50%, it creates an environment that encourages growth and multiplication of harmful airborne contaminants such as mold spores, dust mites, algae, bacteria, and viruses. These airborne contaminants can trigger your asthma or worsen it. Although an air purifier can help to control these contaminants, the most effective way to remove them is to create an environment that is unsuitable for their breeding.

Studies have shown that you can eliminate up to 90% of airborne contaminants in your home by reducing the relative humidity to 40-42%. To remove excess moisture and improve the environment of your living room, study room, or bedroom, you need to invest in a quality dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are available in different designs and capacities, and it is critical to consider the size of your space before ordering a specific unit.

Easy maintenance!

Pick up the right dehumidifier for you

In addition, it is necessary to consider the drainage options offered by an appliance. If you live in a high humidity place, then it is advisable to select an appliance that allows continuous drainage. Such an appliance can run for days without requiring any input from the user. This, also, means that the air in your home will have an indoor humidity that does not favour the multiplication of contaminants that can trigger or worsen your asthma.

→ Pick up the right dehumidifier for your room size!

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Does dehumidifier help dry skin?

Short version : no! But a humidifier might!

When the amount of water vapour in the air in your room is not within the recommended range, then the environment will be unfavourable for you and your family. You should ensure that the level of humidity in your rooms is between 30 and 50%. Excess moisture makes it difficult for your body to sweat, thereby causing discomfort and restlessness.

Furthermore, high levels of moisture, usually above 50%, encourage growth of airborne contaminants that can harm you, your family, and your pets. Similarly, a low level of relative humidity, usually below 30%, can make it difficult for you to relax in your home, and can put your health at risk.

If you are experiencing a dry skin, then it is likely that the amount of water vapour in the air in your home is below the recommended level. A low level of indoor air humidity can, also, cause cracked lips and itchy eyes. When the amount of water vapour is low, then you should go for a humidifier. This appliance adds moisture to the air to ensure that the environment of your living room, bedroom, or study room is suitable for you and your family. This appliance, also, ensures that your skins and lips are moist at all times.

A dehumidifier helps to pull excess moisture from the air and it is, therefore, a suitable choice for those living in high humidity environments. Since a high amount of water vapour in the air is unlikely to cause dryness of your skin, a dehumidifier is less likely to help your dry skin. A hygrometer can help you to get a true picture of the moisture level of the air in your room. If it gives a value that is below 30%, then you do not need to invest in a dehumidifier.

Instead, you should go for a humidifier to help you increase air moisture to a level that will keep your skin and lips moist. A dehumidifier does not help a dry skin!

→ We recommend a humidifier for dry skin!

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Are dehumidifiers OK for babies?

Short version : Yes, if you live in a humid place! Make sure you buy a silent dehumidifier.

Excess moisture can damage your valuables and make your home an uncomfortable place for you and your family. Apart from causing restlessness, excess moisture can make it difficult for your baby to sleep If you have been struggling to get your baby to sleep, then the first thing you should consider is the conditions of your bedroom. In addition to making your baby feel uncomfortable, excess moisture in the air and airborne contaminants can affect the health of your baby.

A high level of indoor humidity encourages growth of mold and mildew, rusting of metallic items, and rotting of furniture. These processes produce harmful airborne contaminants that can pose a threat to the health of your baby. Babies are delicate, and it is important to ensure that they are living in a clean and uncontaminated environment. Mold spores, dust mites and other contaminants can trigger allergic reactions such as watery eyes, itchy skin, sore throat, and so on.

Peace of mind in a humid environment.

Peace of mind in a humid environment.

These irritants can also trigger ashmatic reactions. Removing excess moisture from the air in your home will discourage growth of mold and mildew and discourage rotting and rusting of items.

Viruses, bacteria, and other disease causing microorganisms require a humid environment for their multiplication. Excess moisture, therefore, promotes the multiplication of microbes that can put the health of your baby at risk. To ensure that your home is unsuitable for such harmful contaminants, it is important to ensure that the relative humidity of the air in your home is within the recommended levels.

Are you looking for an appliance that will help to improve the environment of your baby’s bedroom? A dehumidifier is an essential appliance especially if you live in a humid place. This appliance pulls excess moisture from the air to make your house a comfortable place for you and your baby. When selecting a dehumidifier for your home, it is important to select an appliance that cannot ruin the environment of your home.

Appliances that produce loud sound and unpleasant smells are not good for your babies; you should avoid them.

→ Also consider an air purifier!

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Dehumidifiers and Safety

Can dehumidifiers cause headaches or sore throat?

Short version : not impossible!

There are many possible causes of headaches, and it is usually not easy to identify the specific cause. Many people do not know that unsuitable levels of relative humidity can cause headaches. If the amount of water vapour in the air in your home is above the recommended levels, it can create a suitable environment for the multiplication of airborne contaminants that can trigger headaches.

Headaches?

Headaches?

A dehumidifier pulls excess water vapour from the air in your room to create an environment that is unsuitable for harmful airborne contaminants. In humid environments, a dehumidifier protects you and your family from contaminants that can trigger headaches.

People who live in low humidity environments are likely to experience nasal dryness as a result of the low amount of moisture in the air. Nasal dryness can cause your mucus membrane to crack, thereby triggering sinus headaches. It is, therefore, advisable not to use a dehumidifier if the air in your space has low moisture content. Instead, you should use a humidifier.

Have you been waking up with a sore throat and you are not sure what is causing it?

Whereas there are various causes of sore throat, it is likely that the appliance that pulls excess moisture from the air in your room is causing it. However, if you do not run your appliance in your bedroom at night, then it is likely that another factor is causing the problem. As such, it is necessary to investigate the cause before looking for a solution to your problem.

Sore throat

Sore throat

Although the condition is largely harmless, the irritation can make you feel uncomfortable and spoil your morning. Nevertheless, you can treat the condition at home before embarking on your daily activities. The main causes of sore throat include snoring, acid reflux, upper respiratory infection, cold, and dehydration.

If the air in your bedroom has a low level of air moisture, then you are likely to experience dehydration, and wake up with a sore throat. You can also experience dehydration if you are used to going to bed without taking adequate fluids. Considering that a dehumidifier pulls excess moisture from the air, it can dehydrate you especially if you sleep with your mouth open. In case you have a dehumidifier in your bedroom, then it is likely that your unit is the cause of your sore throat.

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Are dehumidifiers safe (to leave on)? What should I make sure?

Short version : yes, they are! But make sure you service them.

In humid places, high levels of air moisture can ruin the environment of your home and make it an unsuitable place for relaxing. A dehumidifier helps to improve the quality of air in your space by capturing excess moisture. If you are planning to invest in a dehumidifier, then you are most likely thinking about whether it is safe to have the appliance in your house.

Although the risks associated with this appliance are few, it is important to note that cases of Freon leakages, smoke, fires, and other kinds of accident have been reported. Before you start using this dehumidifier, it is important to understand the main causes of dehumidifier-related accidents and how to prevent them.

Although fires, smoke, and Freon leakages can be caused by manufacturing defects, the main causes of dehumidifier-related accidents are preventable. To prevent your appliance from becoming a fire hazard, it is necessary to understand how it works and how to operate it. This information is usually provided by the manufacturer in the user manual. You should always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer when operating or servicing your dehumidifier.

When installing your dehumidifier, you should select a suitable place and set up the unit as per the manufacturer’s instructions. In order to prevent airflow blockages, you should position your unit in a space that is free from obstructions. In case the air intake is blocked, the dehumidifier is likely to overheat, thereby increasing its chances of bursting into flames.

Servicing your dehumidifier on regular basis can significantly help to prevent dehumidifier-related accidents. When servicing your unit, you should thoroughly inspect power cords and ensure that damaged parts are replaced.

Using a dehumidifier with worn out power cords exposes the user and those in the room where the unit is installed to electrical shock hazard. In case you are not sure how to handle a problem with your dehumidifier, it is advisable to contact a professional electrician. That helps to protect you and your family from potential dangers that can result from poor maintenance.

→ Dehumidifiers are made to left unattended. But with all things electrical, you should be always attentive.

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Can dehumidifiers catch fire?

Short version : not if you buy quality dehumidifiers and make sure you service them regularly.

A dehumidifier plays a critical role in improving the indoor air quality of your home. Although it is uncommon for dehumidifiers to cause fire, it is important to note that a number of cases have been reported. Considering the damage that a fire can cause, it is important to ensure that your dehumidifier is always in the best working conditions.

If you live in a high humidity environment, then it is likely that you dehumidifier runs continuously. Dehumidifiers that run continuously for many hours tend to overheat, and this increases the risk of fire if not properly services. As such, it is necessary to allow your unit to cool if it has been running for many hours. It is not advisable to run your unit nonstop for days.

Too much exposure to direct sources of heat is not a good thing!

Too much exposure to direct sources of heat is not a good thing!

Installing your dehumidifier properly does not only enhance its performance but it also helps to reduce the risk of fire. When setting up your unit, you should ensure that its air intake is not blocked. Blocking the air intake of your unit can cause it to overheat, thereby increasing the chances of it bursting into flames and causing damages. In addition, you should ensure that the power cable is not twisted or caught between objects that can damage it.

Running your dehumidifier for a long period of time without servicing it increases its chances of bursting into flames. As such, it is important to ensure that your unit is properly and regularly serviced. When servicing your unit, you should clean it and replace worn out parts. Dehumidifiers that are serviced on regular basis are less likely to overheat. Furthermore, you should thoroughly check your unit for signs of Freon leakages. If you suspect that your unit is releasing this refrigerant, you should remove it from your house and contact an expert.

Some dehumidifiers produce more heat than others, and this makes them more likely to catch fire. In some cases, manufacturers have been forced to recall dehumidifiers that were considered more likely to catch fire. As such, it is important to research before ordering a unit for your moisture control needs.

→ Dehumidifiers are made to left on unattended. Make sure you by quality goods and that you service them!

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Do dehumidifiers have Freon in them?

Short version : most of them do. Make sure it does not leak.

Although there are different types of dehumidifiers, most of them use Freon to control the amount of air moisture. This appliance uses combination of evaporation and condensation to remove excess moisture from the air in your room. In the case of an air conditioner, Freon is used to remove heat from the air. In a dehumidifier, Freon absorbs heat from the incoming humid air and causes moisture to condense as it passes over the cold pipes.

The critical components that aid Freon to capture moisture from the air include compressor, condenser, and evaporator. Like the name suggests, the function of the compressor is to compress the refrigerant. The purpose of the condenser coil is to condense the refrigerant while the evaporator coil helps to evaporate the refrigerant.

Intuitive and beautiful interface

Intuitive and beautiful interface with refrigerant inside

A dehumidifier uses a fan to pull humid air from your room. This air has a high level of humidity, and it is passed over freezing cold pipes. This causes the moisture in it to condense and flow to the reservoir. From the freezing cold pipes, the drier air is heated using a heating element.

This process raises the temperature of the air, and makes it warm for release into the space where the dehumidifier is installed. After a complete cycle, Freon is sent back to the compressor for another cycle. The process is repeated over and over until the desired relative humidity is achieved

A side show by Soleus!

A side show by Soleus!

Despite the importance of the role that Freon plays in the dehumidification process, it is critical to know that it is a harmful CFC. As such, any leakage should be treated with utmost seriousness. If you suspect that your appliance is releasing Freon, you should take it outside your house and contact an expert. Considering the harmful effects of this CFC, manufacturers are increasingly turning to less harmful refrigerants.

→ Dehumidifiers and air conditioners use refrigerants.

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Dehumidifier and Tank Water

Is dehumidifier water drinkable / potable / clean?

Short version : no.

A dehumidifier pulls excess moisture from the air in your room to make it a comfortable place for you and your family. In humid environments, this appliance can pull a lot of moisture from the air within a short time. While this water may appear clean, it is contaminated and, therefore, unsafe for your family and your pets. Nevertheless, you can use this gray water for other purposes such as flushing your toilet and washing your car.

Easy access to the rear face

Easy access to the rear face

Before we consider the harmful contaminants contained in this gray water, it is necessary that we understand how the dehumidifier produces it, and how it gets to the reservoir. A dehumidifier uses a fan to pull humid air. The cold coils cause moisture in the incoming air to condense as it passes over them. From these coils, the drier air passes through a heating element where it is warmed before it is released back to your room. The condensate flows either to a bucket or to an external sink depending on your drainage method.

Considering that dehumidifiers are usually placed in environments that contain mold, mildew, and other soluble and insoluble contaminants, the condensate has dissolved and suspended particles that can cause harm to your family and your pets. As the water flows over the freezing cold coils, it can corrode the metal and carry the material to your bucket. Although the corroded material is in small quantities, it contaminates the water and, therefore, makes it unsuitable for human or animal consumption.

The coils of your dehumidifier are a good breeding ground for various potentially harmful microorganisms. Every time the condensate flows over the pipes, it carries some of them to the reservoir. Consuming this water can, therefore, expose your family or your pets to health problems. Considering the risks that water from your dehumidifier can expose your family and your pets to, it is important to ensure that the water is never used for human or animal consumption.

→ Do not attempt to drink water from dehumidifier tanks.

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Is dehumidifier water distilled water?

Short version : no. It contains traces of other products!

A dehumidifier employs a process that is almost similar to distillation to capture excess moisture from the air. Despite the two processes being almost the same, it is important to note that the water produced by a dehumidifier contains contaminants that are harmful to humans and animals. As such, the condensate captured by your dehumidifier is considered as gray water, and it not safe for drinking. Nevertheless, you can use it for flushing your toilet, cleaning your car, watering your flowers, and so on.

Dehumidifier water is not distilled

Dehumidifier water is not distilled

Unlike a water distilling system, a dehumidifier is not designed for producing distilled water. Depending on where you have placed your unit and how often you service it, the water that it produces can have a lot of contaminants. For dehumidifiers that are used in musty environments such as crawl spaces, the concentration of contaminants can be higher. Common contaminants that you can find in the condensate include suspended mold spores, trace metals, and dissolved airborne pollutants.

An easy and intuitive use and maintenance

An easy and intuitive use and maintenance

Water distillation systems are designed and constructed to produce water that is safe for human and animal consumption. These units employ evaporation and condensation processes to produce water that is free from contaminants that can harm you. Water distillation systems ae constructed using food grade materials and they are, therefore, unlikely to contaminate drinking water. In comparison, dehumidifiers are not designed to produce drinkable water, and manufacturers are, therefore, not required to use food grade materials.

The water produced by a dehumidifier is, therefore, likely to contain unsafe amounts of harmful contaminants such as copper, aluminium, heavy metals, and carcinogenic plastic compounds.

Water can stagnate in the drainage tube or reservoir of your dehumidifier. This contaminated water creates an environment that is favourable for the breeding and multiplication of bacteria and other harmful microbes. Most of these nasty microorganisms are harmful, and this makes the water produced by a dehumidifier unsafe for you and your pets. Considering all the harmful contaminants that the water produced by a dehumidifier can contain, you should not use it the way you would use distilled water from your water distillation system.

→ Do not attempt to drink water from dehumidifier tanks: it is not distilled.

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Is dehumidifier water safe for plants?

Short version : Most likely, no!

The water produced by your dehumidifier contains contaminants that make it unsafe for human and animal consumptions. Common contaminants that you can find in this water include microbes, dissolved and suspended airborne contaminants, and dissolved trace metals. Although this water is unsafe for human consumption, you can use it for cleaning your car, watering your flowers, and so on.

Do not water your plants with tank water

Do not water your plants with tank water

It is advisable not to use the water from your dehumidifier for watering your vegetables and other edible plants. Why? This water contains harmful contaminants that can harm you and your family in case you consume the plants. If you have a garden where you grow vegetables and/or fruits, then you need to ensure that the water from your dehumidifier is not taken there. However, this water is good for your lawn, flower garden, and so on.

What makes water from the dehumidifier unsuitable for your vegetables and vegetables? The dehumidifier uses evaporation and condensation processes to capture water from the air in your crawl spaces, basements, and so on. This appliance is constructed with non-food grade materials since the water it produces is not meant for human or animal consumption. As such, this water can contain potentially harmful trace metals, and carcinogenic plastic compounds.

In case you use the condensate from your dehumidifier to water your vegetables or fruits, then there are high chances that the harmful contaminants will end up in your body. When consumed in high concentrations, trace metals and carcinogenic plastic compounds can cause serious health problems. Research shows that when copper is consumed in large quantities, it can cause serious problems to people with metabolic disorders and infants.

Research has also shown that people who over consume aluminium are more likely to develop nervous system disorders. As such, you should ensure that the water from your dehumidifier is not used for watering your vegetables and fruits.

→ Do not water your plants with dehumidifier tanks: it is not distilled.

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