All types of dehumidifiers apply the process of condensation in fixing a humidity issue in a certain area where it is placed. However, dehumidifiers come in different types and each one has unique qualities that make it different from each other. The most common type, which is normally used at home, is the Refrigerative or Mechanical dehumidifier. It can also be called a heat pump dehumidifier. This type is found to be more effective in warm places with a high dew point temperature and works less effective in removing moisture from the air in cold areas. The refrigerative dehumidifier has a device called a refrigeration unit that cools the surface where the airflow passes.
Another type is the whole home dehumidifier. It is considered to be the biggest type found on the market today. It is considered to supply better monitoring and elimination of extra moisture compared to small types of dehumidifiers. Its main task is to reinforce a home’s air conditioning unit, a home’s existing heat, and ventilation system. A professional is required to have this kind of dehumidifier installed in your home.
Then there is also what we call the desiccant dehumidifier or the chemical absorbent that is known to keep a particular place nice and dry. How does a desiccant work? It uses a desiccant material and the most common one used is the silica gel. After the dehumidifier breathes in air from the surrounding area, the air is pushed to the silica gel. The silica gel acts as the absorbent material that sucks in moisture. Just a short trivia, not only dehumidifiers use silica gel, silica gels are also used in manufacturing shoes. It is because desiccants such as the silica gel naturally absorb moisture and it does not need to cool the air it absorbs before it dehumidifies it. This is the reason why desiccant dehumidifiers are very ideal in places with subzero conditions.
The next type is the portable dehumidifier that is normally made out of plastic, a lightweight and cheap material. This kind is the most economical and reasonable type to have. A portable one can easily be moved to place where it is needed the most. This type of dehumidifier is found to be most effective in areas with smaller spaces.
We also have the restoration dehumidifier. It is known to be resilient in tough conditions and is normally used for repairing great water damage due to strong natural calamities. There is also a type used for basements where mold and mildew would usually grow. Most often we use the basement for storage purposes. A basement dehumidifier is best to use if we already have a lot of objects stacked in our basement.