A dehumidifier is used to reduce the relative humidity in a building.
- An ideal indoor humidity level should be around 40% to 50%, however, some cities’ low annual average humidity levels run at 69%, making it quite a battle to achieve healthy RH levels in your home.
Since mold can begin 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 reading 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. Depending on what it is used for, each room will show a different reading. For instance, the kitchen could be a wet area because it contains the kettle, stove, dishwasher, sink, etc. Even your living room could be more humid than others because of flower vases, hot 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 directions. Initially, your condo will be certainly wet. It would be best if you, therefore, run your dehumidifier continuously in its highest possible settings. 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 per day. This is a fantastic rule of thumb, however you may not constantly stick to it, depending on your room type.