Looking for a gift for someone special? Get them a dehumidifier from Hammacher Schlemmer. The Self Draining Dehumidifier has an integrated pump that automatically expels condensed water. Eliminating the need to empty a water tank and ideal for basements lacking floor drains, its powerful pump can push water into a wash basin or out a window from up to 16 1/2′ away. Its tank control system shuts the unit off if the hose is obstructed, providing virtually maintenance-free operation. The unit can also function like a traditional dehumidifier using the included 13-pint removable tank or its 20″-long floor drain hose. It removes 70 pints of moisture from the air per day, handles 3,800′ sq. rooms, and provides quiet operation below 55 dBs. With three modes, two fan speeds, humidistat, and 24-hour timer. Built-in handles and rolling casters enable easy portability. Functions within relative humidity of 35-85%. Plugs into AC. 24 1/2″ H x 16″ W x 11 3/4″ L. (44 lbs.)
There are several benefits to getting a dehumidifier in your home, basement, apartment, or office space.
- Dehumidifiers reduce humidity levels, making your home less hospitable to allergens such as dust mites, mold, and mildew.
- They are not disruptive to your daily life, and run quietly and efficiently in the background without most people even noticing.
- Dehumidifiers help reduce odors that can accompany mold and mildew in your home—getting rid of that “musty” or “rotting” smell.
- These devices help to reduce the possibility that you will develop mold on your clothing, furniture, and other linens (such as curtains or bed sheets).
- Dehumidifiers reduce irritation to your skin and your respiratory system, allowing you to breathe easier and feel comfortable in your home.
- A less humid environment in your home means clothing will dry faster, breads and cereals will remain fresh longer without getting stale, and you won’t find signs of rust or corrosion on things like computer equipment, electronics, and tools.
- Running a dehumidifier helps reduce dust in your home, so you won’t have to clean as often.
- A dehumidifier also lowers energy costs because it helps your air conditioner run more efficiently. When the air in your home is more humid, the A/C must do the function of cooling the air and removing moisture, which means it has to work harder. This also causes your A/C to wear out sooner, which means you will need to replace and repair it more often.
Signs You Need a Dehumidifier
In addition to suffering from constant symptoms of allergies, you may want to consider a dehumidifier if you have some obvious signs of high humidity in certain rooms or areas of your home, including:
- Water stains on the walls or ceilings of your home
- High humidity rooms with poor ventilation or no ventilation (especially in areas like bathrooms that have no windows)
- Frequent condensation on the windows in certain areas of your home
- Small black spots (mold spores) growing on the walls or in areas with high humidity, such as the bathtub or shower
- Must or mildew smells
You may also want to consider a dehumidifier if you live in an apartment building, since mold and mildew spores can travel through ventilation systems, and can build up in the walls between apartments. Even if you keep your living area clean, these allergens from other areas of the building can be harmful to yours and your family’s health.
I need the dehumidifier in my basement as I have a lot of humidity and my hardwood floors started to cup. Now that we have the dehumidifier they are starting to dry out. Sometimes you don’t realize how important a dehumidifier is.
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