Help & advice: Buying guide to dehumidifiers
Buying guide to dehumidifiers
Stay healthy and protect your home with a dehumidifier to banish damaging moisture.
Stamp out the damp with the Homebase range of dehumidifiers.
Because moisture can make a mess of your home! High humidity levels are created by daily activities such as bathing, running dishwashers and washing machines, cooking and drying laundry. And too much moisture can cause condensation, damp, mould growth, peeling paint and wallpaper, warped wood and musty smells. Very nasty.
But that's where a dehumidifier comes to the rescue. It draws out moisture from the air, making humidity levels in the home just right. You can check your levels with a simple device called a humidity sensor. Just so you know, the recommended levels in summer are 35% to 45%, and 25% in winter. When buying a dehumidifier for your home, look out for the key features below.
The amount of water removed from the air in 24 hours. Check the manufacturer's advice for litre capacity and room size.
The higher the extraction rate, the more condensation will be controlled.
This sets comfortable humidity levels, and saves energy by ensuring the dehumidifier only comes on when you need it.
Look for energy-efficient features such as smart control, hydrophilic coated coils (which make water extraction faster), intelligent defrost systems and rotary compressors.
Very handy when using your dehumidifier on a hot summer night.
Because dry air can make you ill and even age your furniture. A humidifier replaces moisture when your home is too dry. This problem is caused by central heating and dry winter air, and can make respiratory problems worse, cause dry and flaky skin, and even make furniture crack or become rickety. Waking up with a very dry nose or throat, chapped skin and lips? They're signs that your home is too dry. Using a humidifier restores your home's moisture balance, and helps tackle those dry skin conditions and respiratory problems.
An element turns the water into steam, which can be directed into the room. Ideal for cooler climates.
Vapour is created through sonic pulses that turn water into mist, which is then released into the air.
Ensures comfortable humidity levels to prevent mould and dust mite problems you get with too much moisture in the air.
Sensors switch off the humidifier when the set humidity level is reached or when the humidifier is empty.
They allow accurate humidity readings to help set or adjust the humidistat
Useful for young children's bedrooms.
Because they give your home a total refresh. By passing air through their filters, purifiers get rid of airborne particles such as dust mites, pet dander (skin flakes) and pollen. Air purifiers also help eliminate tobacco smoke, cooking and other strong or unpleasant smells.
There are four types of air purifier:
Captures 99.97% of all airborne particles - it's great at removing dust, dirt, allergens and mould spores.
Creates a more 're-energised' atmosphere in your home, similar to that feeling of relief you get after a heavy thunderstorm. The ioniser does this by releasing negatively charged molecules into the air.
Breaks down air pollutants to create harmless elements such as water and carbon dioxide.
Plasma can neutralise all sorts of pollutants such as airborne bacteria and viruses.
These are excellent at banishing bad smells. Some air purifiers have removable filters treated with baking soda, which also helps remove odours.
Filter life indicator
Ensures filters are always working to capacity.
Makes your air purifier easy to use.
Look for units that have been approved by the British Allergy Foundation.