Dehumidifier Feature FAQs
Daily Extraction Rate (L) – is how dehumidifiers are measured. As the name suggests, the daily extraction rate is how much water the unit can extract in 24 hours. A higher litre size will mean a higher daily extraction rate.
(*As a benchmark, the daily extraction rate of Meaco dehumidifier units will be measured at 30°C room temperature with 80° relative humidity. These numbers can vary slightly between brands so it is important to check the daily extraction rate of the unit against the circumstances the unit is needed for to ensure the dehumidifier is adequately powered.)
Tank Capacity (L) – refers to how much water the dehumidifier can hold in its internal water tank once its been extracted from the air. The larger the tank, the less it will need emptying. However, a continuous drainage system will allow the unit to continuously drain the water to save the hassle of constantly emptying the tank.
Power Output (W) – is how much power the unit uses. This will also help you understand how much the unit will cost to run.
Humidistat – premium feature which allows a dehumidifier to monitor and work towards a target humidity and moisture level in the air.
The unit will automatically turn on once it detects the humidity and moisture levels are sub-optimal. Once the desired levels have been reached, the unit will automatically turn off.
The feature allows the user to save their ideal settings, reduces the need to micro mange the unit and also saves energy.
Noise Level (dB) – refers to how loud a dehumidifier is.
It is important to think about where the unit will be placed and if the noise will be a problem. For example, a dehumidifier with a relatively high noise level may not be the best option if it is placed in the living room of a home. Whereas, the noise level of a dehumidifier may not matter too much if the unit is placed in a garage.
Automatic Shut Off – is when the unit will automatically shut down if the internal water tank is in danger of overflowing. Many dehumidifiers also have indicator lights to show when the tank is full or nearing full.
Automatic Restart Function – is when the unit will automatically restart if the power goes off. This is useful if the dehumidifier will be left alone for long periods of time.
Laundry Mode – is an additional feature which allows clothes to dry effectively and efficiently. In most cases, a dehumidifier with a laundry mode can dry your clothes far cheaper than a tumble dryer will do and there’s no need for the open window as there’s no excess heat produced.
The laundry mode increases the fan speed so the air in the room becomes drier. This allows the laundry to dry faster cutting down the time moisture is in the air.
Although this feature is not as powerful as an actual laundry/tumble drier, it will save much more energy.
Defrost Technology – During the colder months, a dehumidifier may be operating below freezing point which can cause the collected water inside the unit to freeze. If this happens, this function automatically defrosts the unit so that it can continue to work successfully. It also actively checks to ensure the mechanism is not freezing so that the components won’t break if the water does happen to freeze.
Ioniser – An ioniser purifies the air. They work by creating a static charge around harmful airborne particles which causes them to stick to the nearest surface the find.
Air Filtration – Many dehumidifiers come with either a dust or HEPA filter that purify the air.
Similar to an ioniser, an air filter will also purify the air. However, instead of causing the particles to stick to the nearest surface they can find, the filter will draw them in.
A dust filter will purify the air by collecting any dust particles. A HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter will purify the air by collecting dust, pollen, spores, bacteria and various other particles.
These filters will need to be cleaned regularly and changed once they are worn down. We recommend that HEPA filters are changed once every six months. Your mileage my differ if you use your dehumidifier more heavily.
Carry Handles and Wheels – make it quicker and easier to transport the dehumidifier. This feature is especially welcome on compressor models due to the heavier nature of the components & mechanisms when compared to desiccant dehumidifiers.