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Do Dehumidifiers Really Work?

If you’re asking whether dehumidifiers really do anything it may be because you’re confusing them with air purifiers, because dehumidifiers most definitely work – by sucking moisture out of the air and making rooms feel less like the devil's armpit. How well they work depends on the type of dehumidifier, the size of the room you’re dehumidifying and, of course, the level of humidity present. Organizations with official-sounding names like the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers often talk about things like “relative humidity” and use a bunch of confusing percentages, but our math looks like this: <em>if you feel sticky and nasty, then it’s too humid</em>. And, the problems don’t end there. Excess humidity can lead to mold and mildew, attract bugs, cause condensation that damages your stuff, and just generally muck things up. The easiest way to fix these problems and make things more comfortable is to measure the dimensions of the room you’re trying to dry out and buy a dehumidifier that will suck the moisture out of it as fast as possible. But, how do you do that? Most dehumidifiers will advertise how many pints of moisture they can remove from the air in a 24-hour period. For example, the <a title="Frigidaire Dehumidifier" href="http://www.atgstores.com/dehumidifiers/frigidaire-fad704dwd-energy-star-dehumidifier_g1258593.html?isku=9405457&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" target="_blank">Frigidaire ENERGY STAR Dehumidifier</a> comes in two different models that can remove 50 and 70 pints of water from the air per day, respectively. This, if you haven’t guessed, is a truckload of moisture. These dehumidifiers can wick the moisture out of an extremely humid room larger than 2,500 square feet in no time. In fact, if you hook one of these bad boys up to a drain (yeah, a <em>drain</em>) you can just leave it on and suck an average-sized room bone dry. But, what about smaller rooms with less humidity? No problem – you can check the chart below or use this <a title="Dehumidifiers Buyer's Guide" href="http://www.atgstores.com/articles/Dehumidifiers-Buyers-Guide_a471.html" target="_blank">this handy guide</a> that will tell you even more about selecting the perfect dehumidifier. <table class="dehumidTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="darkCell" valign="top" width="150"></td> <td valign="top" width="104"> <p align="center"><strong>500 ft2</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="104"> <p align="center"><strong>1,000 ft2</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center"><strong>1,500 ft2</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center"><strong>2,000 ft2</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center"><strong>2,500 ft2</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><strong>Moderately damp</strong></td> <td valign="top" width="104"> <p align="center">10 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="104"> <p align="center">14 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">18 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">22 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">26 pints</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><strong>Very damp</strong></td> <td valign="top" width="104"> <p align="center">12 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="104"> <p align="center">17 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">22 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">27 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">32 pints</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><strong>Very wet</strong></td><td valign="top" width="104"> <p align="center">14 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="104"> <p align="center">20 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">26 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">32 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">38 pints</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><strong>Extremely wet</strong></td> <td valign="top" width="104"> <p align="center">16 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="104"> <p align="center">23 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">30 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">37 pints</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="89"> <p align="center">44 pints</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes your summer is super comfy and blessedly free of humidity.
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