Understanding the different capacity levels of dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers can offer respites on hot days, provided they are maintained appropriately.

In some cases, a 100-degree day can be tolerable enough for a walk or a jog. However, when humidity is high and the air is filled with water vapor, it may feel like you're walking up a mountain, even when you're just going to get the mail. But, while dehumidifiers can help you get through the summer weather, they also have other advantages.

"High humidity may spur mold and mildew growth, which can exacerbate allergies and rot your walls," Jen King, a spokesperson for The Home Depot, said in a statement.

As a result, many homeowners may be considering purchasing an air conditioning for when the summer months finally arrive. One of the biggest choices facing buyers comes when they need to decide what type of capacity their dehumidifier should have. Fortunately, this choice usually boils down to three options: large-capacity, medium-capacity and small-capacity models.

According to experts, small-capacity dehumidifiers may be best for small apartments or areas that are damp rather than wet. These models usually hold between 25 and 40 pints of moisture a day. Medium-capacity models, by comparison, remove 45 to 50 pints a day, which can handle more moisture with less daily maintenance.

Large homes may need the largest capacity humidifiers, however. For example, since I have a two-story home, I needed to look for a model that held 75 pints a day. While this may not fill up every 24 hours, it does reduce the amount of daily upkeep I need to adhere to. However, always remember that these units can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, so it's best to clean them regularly regardless of their size.

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