Troubled by the damp clothes in humid weather? How to pick the best dehumidifier?

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Hong Kongers sometimes dry their damp clothes in the living room or by the window. Though a news report from UK mentioned that a British man was diagnosed with pulmonary aspergillosis as he constantly dries his damp clothes indoor.

People often prefer dehumidifiers over drying machines and thermo ventilators, as they are more energy saving. That said, how could we choose the best humidifier?


1. Overview of types of dehumidifiers

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2. How to choose the suitable water tank?

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Factors such as floor area and humidity (e.g larger demand for dehumidifying capacity if the flat is located in coastal area) should all be considered.

The watch tank capacity of a general dehumidifier is one-fourth of its dehumidifying capacity. The larger the water tank capacity, the less times for changing the tank.


3. Look at energy label for energy saving

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There is 42% energy saving for Grade 1 dehumidifiers over Grade 5 dehumidifiers! When comparing two humidifiers with the same Grade, check the energy efficiency. The higher the efficiency, the more energy it saves.


4. Function and design

If you are looking to dry clothes, you could choose dehumidifiers which could detect damp clothes. Some models also provide auto-control of dehumidifying function with a timer (auto-adjust depending on humidity), which could save more energy.


Tips for humidifier users:

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  • Also turn on a fan while dehumidifying to speed up the drying process

  • Recommend to reserve at least 30 cm around ventilation port; do not locate it close to the wall

  • Close doors and windows to create a sealed space to reduce dehumidifying times

  • Do not store dehumidifiers in sealed places, which might affect performance or result in malfunction. 

  • Do not lay it flat during storage to minimize impact on parts

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