The British weather is wet most of the year round, with winter and early spring being the worst time. Although there are other cheaper options to getting rid of excess moisture in your home, there comes a time when only a dehumidifier will do. Here, we explain how to use your CareCo dehumidifier – when to use it, and how to ensure it works efficiently.
What Does a Dehumidifier Do?
When a room or building gets damp, there is a strong risk of condensation. This damp can settle on the paint and other surfaces, creating a film that can lead to mould that may become a health risk. Heat (radiators, log fire) is usually enough, but sometimes you may need a CareCo dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air, reducing the risk of condensation and mildew. They usually have several settings so you can set the right moisture level for your comfort.
Empty the Dehumidifier Regularly
Although the main models in the CareCo dehumidifier range have larger capacities, you may be surprised at how quickly moisture can build in a room. Ideally, check it once a day if you need to leave it on all the time. If going for prolonged periods without using it, we recommend emptying the water chamber every day. In order to keep the weight down when moving, always empty the chamber when moving it to another room.
Keep the Windows and Doors Closed
You will most typically experience damp in the bathroom or a bedroom. To ensure that the CareCo dehumidifier is working at its most efficient in the chosen room, ensure that other environments don’t contribute to the problem too. Keep windows and doors closed at all times when the dehumidifier is running, rather like keeping windows closed when air conditioning is running. This is the only way to create and maintain the ideal humidity.
Time and Space are Everything
Ideally, you want to place the dehumidifier as close to the centre of the room as possible and away from furniture. Obstacles can reduce their efficiency; your CareCo dehumidifier needs as much space as you are able to give it. The right timing can also ensure you get the best use from the device. They can be expensive to run, so if you have an energy efficient tariff such as Economy 7, run it at night – particularly in the bedroom where moisture levels are at their highest.
Have a Good Clean Up
If it’s been some time since you used your CareCo dehumidifier, or it’s been some time since you had a clean, it’s important that you do so. Dehumidifiers can suck dust from the carpets and furniture, creating an unpleasant environment to live in. The cleaner it is, the better the air will feel and the unit will not clog up with dust and other particles that could reduce its effectiveness.
Experiment with the Humidity Level
Some models will read the humidity of a room when plugged in. Ideal humidity of a room is between 30% and 50%. It’s likely to be lower in summer and higher in the colder months. Experiment with what works for you and your home, but don’t set it too low or too high. Too dry a room can irritate your skin and throat. Too high and it won’t work.
About CareCo Dehumidifiers
We have three models at present.
- The first model – the Compact Silica Rechargeable – is a small unit ideal for small cupboards, dresser units and other sealed spaces that may suffer from damp. Not suitable for anything larger than a wardrobe
- The second CareCo dehumidifier is a light 10L model called Esquina. It shuts off automatically when full so you won’t experience nasty surprises if you forget to empty it
- Slightly smaller than the Esquina, the 8L Dessicant has three speed settings for when you need rapid reduction of room humidity. You have the option to run it overnight on low or high in the few hours up to bedtime.