A dehumidifier is used to reduce the overall humidity in a house or building.
The ideal relative humidity for a house is about 40% to 50%! However, some cities’ low annual average humidity levels run at 69%, making it quite a battle to achieve healthy RH levels! Given that mold begins to thrive and grow at about 65% relative humidity, your home’s humidity level must stay well below mold-producing levels.
To get an accurate studying of humidity levels in your home, you should ideally invest in a damp meter, also referred to as a hygrometer. A hygrometer will indicate the RH levels for each room in your home. Each room, depending on what it is used for, will show various readings! For instance, the home office could be a more moisture containing area because it contains the kettle, stove, dishwasher, sink, etc. Even your family room could be more wet due to flower vases, tepid cups of tea, and even breathing. As all rooms vary in terms of dampness and size, there is no set limit of time about how long you should run your dehumidifier. However, there are some general rules. It would be best if you run your dehumidifier continuously in its highest possible setting. Once your dehumidifier stops collecting moisture, your set humidity level has been achieved. Generally, your dehumidifier works best if you run it for at least 12 hours a day. This is a good rule of thumb, however you may not consistently stick to it, depending on your room type.