In some countries warmer weather brings humidity problems and in those countries a dehumidifier can be used instead of a central air conditioning system to lower the humidity of the air. Humid air in the summer can feel sticky and unpleasant and makes us sweat more.
Basements are relatively cool areas of the home and they are built into the ground where again it is relatively damp or even wet. The moisture from the home will tend to condense in the coldest part of the home leading to harmful effects such as condensation, dampness and mould. In the worst case this can even be wet rot. A dehumidifier can help prevent damage to basement areas.
Condensation, mould spots, loft condensation, mouldy wardrobes, utility areas or bathrooms are all symptoms of excess humidity problems often originating from inside the home.
The need for home dehumidifiers in Europe generally follows the pattern of winter rainfall patterns in the regions, proximity to lakes, rivers & the sea. All of which increase the levels of humidity and there is predominantly a winter need. Excess humidity in the home condenses on the coldest surfaces whether on windows, bathrooms, in wardrobes with external walls or even it can migrate through the ceiling to the loft.
The map at the side shows why for instance the West of England generally suffers more from humidity problems & why not surprisingly more dehumidifiers are sold to this region. Weather is not actually the main issue in Europe, its generally our modern living.
In certain conditions, usually in cold climates or winters, the space under house or crawl space can have excess moisture. This does not have an immediate noticeable affect but can damage especially any wooden construction unless dehumidified or protected with expensive protective coatings.
Rising damp is something very different and is often due to the damp membrane home & house construction issues. .
Insulation, double or triple glazing makes the problem worse
Double glazing & insulation keeps the moisture generated in the home of course inside. It is a modern problem. The more people cook, bathe, wash or simply breathe in a modern insulated home to keep the heat in, it makes the potential problem worse.
What The Signs Of Excess Humidity in Colder Climates?
The first sign of excess humidity in the home is simply condensation on the windows. The next most common sign is mould spots & general dampness.
Therefore, another key factor apart from the weather is the number of people in the household. There more people, the more water due to bathing, The smaller the house with high number of people, the higher the humidity problem.
Conservatories & Single Story Houses Need Larger Units
In a two story building air is circulating up and down the stair well, moving he air around the home. In a single story building you need to draw the air to a single point.
Solving a problem in a room or cupboard is usually pointless, The issue tends to be in the whole home. Solving it in one place means it may still appear somewhere else
A conservatory is a large area to keep dry. Possibly a dehumidifier may be needed just for this space. Same is true for a basement.
Desiccant Verses, Compressor & Rotary Dehumidifiers
A reciprocating compressor is the oldest technology. Its usually the same as you will see at the back of your refrigerator or freezer. A rotary compressor is what you find in an air conditioning unit. Rotary compressors are generally quieter, more energy efficient and allow the uni to be more compact. Ecor Pro only uses rotary compressors.
A desiccant dehumidifier uses a special material that absorbs moisture but gives out moisture when heated. Therefore, there is a heater inside.
If the room the dehumidifier is being used will be below 16°C its better to use a desiccant. Above 16° its sometimes better to use a compressor unit. Desiccant units do consume more power.
Ecor Pro prefers desiccant technology The reason being that in most cases extraction will be higher with desiccant dehumidifiers. The heating & higher running cost of a desiccant will offset the home heating bills.
The Ecor Pro dehumidifiers use “SEA” technology that can save 40% of the energy by smart operation controller technology matching usage to your home environment, number of people and weather conditions. A true innovation.
Often desiccant units are used in homes with poor heating to maintain a habitable temperature.
Ours is Safest
If your intention is run the dehumidifier all day everyday unattended we do not recommend a home desiccant dehumidifier. A commercial desiccant dehumidifier or compressor dehumidifier will be better & safer. Only Ecor Pro units have rest periods in the desiccant drying cycle in a 24 hour drying period making our units perhaps the safest in the market. We still however recommend compressor or industrial desiccants for applications that could be considered as industrial. ..
Where to Put a Home Dehumidifier?
The ideal location of a domestic dehumidifier is a in a hallway or ideally landing with all doors slightly open to allow circulation of air. In the first weeks of using a domestic dehumidifier should be located in the room that has the most issues with excess humidity. When the amount of extracted water from that room falls significantly and the room feels dry, move the dehumidifier to a central location in the home either a hallway or landing. Don’t turn it off. simply regulate the setting that maintains the moisture balance for the home over the sinter period..
What is a Dehumidifier Alternative?
Simply keep a window open! That will stop condensation or install air bricks or an extraction fan and turn up your heating.. Sounds simple but they will work. Old houses that were draughty had few problems with condensation.
We want to keep the heat in
You could also buy a system of pumping fresh air from outside into a home (Positive Pressure Ventilation Systems). These alternatives will all work but of course they are ultimately expensive. Heating the home is very expensive. Sealing he home with better windows & doors, loft insulation is also very expensive so why put a system in that counters all that energy saving expense? Not to mention damages the environment.
Dehumidification works best because it allows you to keep the heat in and keep the draughts out. Ultimately, a dehumidification system is far more cost effective than other alternative solutions.
Downside of Home Dehumidifiers?
Generally, they cost money to purchase & or course run. The compressor home dehumidifiers will use a little more electricity that your home refrigerator & the desiccants around the same as a large plasma TV.
The other problem is they have a footprint so take up living space.
No matter what a dehumidifier will make a noise. We are very accurate on our sound level tests and our units tend to be the quietest when placed next to competition products. Our construction of solid plastic means sound is reduced more than other models but we feel that is important. The fan in an Ecor Pro dehumidifier is always true unlike other models again a sign of sound reduction and quality in manufacture.
Often customer will buy a unit that is too small & not suitable for their home so will not solve the problem. In some cases, 2 or even 3 dehumidifiers are used to keep the problem under control.
However, the biggest problem with a home dehumidifier is lack of fresh air. Fresh air is essential to keep the family healthy. If we close the windows, prevent the draughts & create a highly energy efficient home we can still have a sick home.
Ideally we want to keep the home dry, keep the heat in but allow fresh air in also
The Best Solution
Our new Ecor Pro LD800 Loft unit is a far better cost effective solution to the issues of condensation and a whole house solution.
- Out of sight
- Not in the living space
- No need to empty water container
- A highly efficient heat recovery system
- An investment that can potetnially save on heating bills and pay for iteself in 5 years
- Above all letting fresh air in & keeping your family healthy
Rule of Thumb for Choosing the Best Dehumidifier
We produced an easy fuide to help you choose the model. Click on the easy guide any time in this site.
– Two Bedroom Property (circa 60m2) conventional unit 10-15 litres – Recommend desiccant 9 litres TDZ80 or TDM80
– Three Bedroom Property (circa 80m2) 15-20 litres – Recommend desiccant 9 litres TDZ80 or TDM80, LD800
– Four Bedroom Property (circa 100m2) 20-25 litres – Recommend desiccant 12.5 litres TD-Z110, LD800
– Five Bedroom Property (circa 120m2) 25-30 litres – Recommend desiccant 12.5 1itre TD-Z110, LD800
If you have a larger home with a family you should consider the whole house solution with the LD800 dehumidifier and heat recovery unit
Other Applications for Dehumidifiers
There are of course people who will use a dehumidifier for a boat, holiday home or garage. In all applications the need is to have the unit working continuously in an often none heated environment. These applications have to consider some additional issues:-
1, Is the power supply stable? Most units reset to “Off” position when the power is switched off then power comes back on such as in a power cut. Ecor Pro units however do not suffer from this. The domestic units resume operation to setting where the power was switched off if the plug has been left in the socket. Ideal for holiday homes or where the power supply is not stable and it may be unattended for periods.
2, Some people have basements and are difficult to drain continuously. Some Ecor Pro models have in-built pump to raise water to a higher height in the home. Ideal even for larger properties where they will run in a basement continuously.Look at the D8500 & D9500. Both have internal condensate pumps,
3, Is it sea water you are trying to dry out? Sea water contains corrosive salt that will attack any unprotected surface of metal and indeed internal parts of any domestic dehumidifier. Ideally we recommend in an environment that sea air or sea water is present that the users consider a commercial unit such as the compact DH2500 or DH3500 dehumidifiers. Its an investment but minor considering with what the unit is often protecting.
4, Any unit that is expected to run 24 hours a day is really being asked to perform what we would class as a commercial dehumidifying task. Built for that purpose the Ecor Pro commercial dehumidifiers are built to run all day every day.
If the intended use of the dehumidifier is to run all day every day
We strongly recommend that a commercial dehumidifier is used
5, Hair dressers, bakers, florists etc. or indeed any shop that has issues with condensation on their windows and furnishings will need to consider an industrial or commercial product. Our D8500, D9500, D1100, D850 & D950 are ideal wall mount applications
Suitable also for use in Swimming Pool Areas
6, If the application is to lower the humidity in a small swimming pool area or changing room or indeed laundry including dry cleaners, then generally a commercial dehumidifier is used. For instance, the Chlorine in the bleach & pool forms a mild Hydrochloric acid in the air. You can generally notice this in the pool area or cleaned floor area as a bitter taste at the back of the throat. This mild acid is actually highly corrosive over time. Only units that are especially coated to cope with these types of environments will last a reasonable time. Others will simply rot. Our D8500, D9500, D850, D950, D1100, DSR12 & DSR20 are costed to meet the needs of the swimming pool and corrosive atmosphere areas.
Whatever your application Ecor Pro has it covered.