Product Reviews - Dehumidifiers

Frigidaire FAD504DWD Energy Star 50-pint Dehumidifier

April 1, 2016 • By

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If you are looking to remove excess moisture in your home without breaking the bank, then consider investing in a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers curb the growth of mold and mildew that tend to grow in places such as basements, bathrooms and other damp areas of your home.

The medium-sized Frigidaire FAD504DWD 50 Pint dehumidifier has been rated one of the top 50 pint dehumidifiers in its class and for good reason. It manages to stay low in price without sacrificing much in features and reliability.

The Basics

The Frigidaire FAD504DWD dehumidifier functionality is exceptional. It is also one of the most inexpensive in its class.

One of the best features about this dehumidifier is that it is easily adjustable and very versatile. The humidity level can be set in 5% increments as well as go up to 85% Relative Humidity (RH) and as low as 35% RH.

It also has a timer which can be set on a delayed start or stop. The timer can also be set to half hour increments for up to 10 hours or at one hour increments from 10 to 24 hours. The standard operating temperature ranges from 41 to 96 degrees which is a great feature and means that the FAD504DWD can be used in a number of different climates.

If you are looking for a unit that removes moisture in the air as quickly as possible, then this dehumidifier may not be the best option as it is too small to do so. However, it did prove to work efficiently in removing excess moisture in smaller rooms.

The size of this dehumidifier also has its benefits as it is easy to transport compared to other dehumidifiers that remove moisture at a faster rate. Compared to other dehumidifiers in its class, the Frigidaire Dehumidifier was one of the lightest medium capacity dehumidifiers.

In terms of aesthetics, I found this dehumidifier rather appealing compared to other dehumidifiers in the market. The cream color is versatile and can go unnoticed in similarly neutral surroundings like a bathroom. The noise level of the FAD504DWD is a lot less appealing though, so watch out for that.

One of the most problematic extra expenses of a dehumidifier is that it uses a lot of electricity – leaving you with a higher than usual bill to pay. At 50% humidity, it drew up to 460 W of power. The size of the dehumidifier plays a role in the amount of power it uses and this one fits the range for what is to be expected from machines of this size.

The Verdict

Apart from not having a defrost mode, I found this dehumidifier to be very versatile and reliable. It has well-functioning features but falls short on energy-saving and a slightly below-average moisture removal rate. It is important to consider the noise level from this machine as well, since it has been acknowledged as being quite loud. This could, understandably, be a deal-breaker for some people.


Product Reviews - Dehumidifiers

Ebac Kompact Dehumidifier With Built-in Pump

March 8, 2016 • By

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Helping prevent water damage and controlling odors, mildew, mold, allergies and asthma, the Ebac Kompact is an industrial dehumidifier used for commercial dehumidification. Its compact design allows for quick and easy setup as well as painless operation. But don’t let its size fool you as it may be small in comparison to other commercial dehumidifiers but it does not lack in durability or power.

Ideal for flood restoration, this dehumidifier removes up to 56 pints per day in an area of up to 1000 square feet. The convenient hot gas defrost system provides a continuous, effective dehumidification effect in temperatures as low as 33°F. With two large wheels for easy mobility, this dehumidifier is the perfect size and weight to move from location to location.

The Ebac Kompact is perfect for someone who needs the following functionality from a low temperature industrial humidifier:

A portable industrial dehumidification for up to 1,000 square feet in moderately damp to extremely wet areas.

  • To remove up to 56 pints of water per day for flood restoration, moisture control, or tough flooded areas in basements, warehouses, storage rooms, electrical and communications switching stations, locker rooms and pumping stations.
  • A rugged dehumidifier that has a heavy duty steel exterior and wheels for mobility.
  • An hour-ruled running meter to keep track of dehumidifier usage.
  • A dehumidifier with a built-in condensate pump for automatic water removal.
  • A dehumidifier that will be used to prevent water damage to building foundation and insulation and prevent dripping condensation from pipes.

The Ebac Kompact also has the following features:

  • It can operate under extreme conditions and quickly pulls large amounts of moisture from the air.
  • Has a hot gas defrosting feature for effective low temp operation down to 33°F.
  • Integral condensate pump capable of 20′ vertical lift.
  • High efficiency rotary compressor.
  • Hours-Run Meter providing accurate run time measurements.
  • Rugged, epoxy powder-coated steel chassis and housing suitable for any conditions.
  • Collapsible handle for easy transport.
  • Wheels with shock absorbing semi-pneumatic tires for mobility.
  • A washable air filter.
  • Extra-long 16′ power cord.

How It Works

The best solution for excessive humidity is a refrigeration-type dehumidifier like the Ebac Kompact. This dehumidifier draws warm moist air by a fan across a cold coil which causes that water vapour to condense and drop into a container. The cold air is then passed over a heat exchanger where it is warmed before being passed back into the surrounding area. This continuous circulation of air throughout the dehumidifier gradually reduces the humidity within the room or area.

With compact size packing all the punch of a larger dehumidifier, the Ebac Kompact is designed for anyone who needs something that can be easily moved. The Ebac Kompact is also quite powerful and fit for industrial applications. If you need to do a DIY flood restoration, cleanup or removal of moisture from a basement, then this dehumidifier is the perfect option for you. The Ebac Kompact is simple to use, easy to move around and highly effective. It is hard to find fault with this dehumidifier as it does exactly what it’s supposed to in the most effective way.


Product Reviews - Dehumidifiers

KSTAD50B Keystone 50-Pint Dehumidifier

February 29, 2016 • By

 

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Whether they are used in your bedroom, bathroom or basement, dehumidifiers are an essential when you are struggling with excess moisture in your home. ENERGY STAR qualified, the Keystone 50-Pint Dehumidifier has received countless positive reviews and, as we found out, for good reason. Competitively priced and easy to use, it saps the excess moisture from the air and helps curb the growth of mold effectively.

The Basics

The Keystone Dehumidifier is a 50-pint dehumidifier that removes excess moisture from a room up to 3000 square feet. This would place it in a medium sized dehumidifier category which means that it can be used to remove moisture in larger rooms and basements.

I found this unit particularly suitable for use in the basement. As I am sure many of you do, half-way through each year I find myself having to (physically) swap my winter wardrobe for more summer-appropriate weather. I store most of my clothing in the basement and have to lug it all up and down the stairs when the seasons change. The biggest problem I have with this, apart from the actual physical labor, is that my clothing can never be worn immediately. Sometimes the clothing requires quite a few washes before the musty smell comes out. However, since investing in the Keystone 50-Pint Dehumidifier, I do not have this problem anymore.

As an ENERGY STAR qualified dehumidifier, it does not emit any greenhouse gases. Even though this is very strictly regulated by the U.S environmental protection agency and the U.S Department of Energy, plenty of dehumidifiers still have this problem.

The key features of this dehumidifier include the following:

 

  • Electronic controls with a two-speed LED display
  • A 24 hour timer – I found the 24 hour timer to be a great feature as I could set the dehumidifier and leave the house without having to worry whether it would switch off or not.
  • Transparent water level indicator – this feature made it easy for me to see when the dehumidifier needed to be emptied.
  • Full bucket alert
  • Automatically shuts-off when the bucket is full

The Keystone 50-Pint Dehumidifier also has an auto-restart function which saves your settings in the case of a power outage. Settings include Normal, Turbo and Auto-Defrost. The auto-Defrost works perfectly in the winter months especially in places like the basement which tend to get especially damp.

In terms of cleaning this dehumidifier, I did have some problems with the removal of the water bucket as it didn’t seem to fit into the actual appliance that well. What I also found particularly strange was that the dehumidifier seems to carry on running even though the bucket is removed. Cleaning the bucket itself proved relatively easy.

The last problem that I have with the dehumidifier is that it is quite loud, and I had at some point mistaken it for my running dishwasher.

The Verdict

If you are looking for a dehumidifier for use in larger spaces, then this is a very good option despite the fact that it is quite a bit louder than some of the other dehumidifiers on the market. It is efficient and environmentally friendly.


Product Reviews - Dehumidifiers

Frigidaire FFAD5033R1 Energy Star Dehumidifier

February 29, 2016 • By

 

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The Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier is designed to protect your home from the growth of mold and buildup of mildew caused by excess moisture. It also has the added advantage of eliminating bacteria which can cause breathing difficulties in those suffering from respiratory problems. Approved by ENERGY STAR, the Frigidaire Dehumidifier does not omit any harmful greenhouse gases.

The Basics

Released in 2015, the Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier is one of the newer models in the Frigidaire range. Even though it received mixed reviews online, it has proven its reliability and durability. Unfortunately it may not stand the test against its competitors, or even the Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier.

This 50-pint dehumidifier can be classified as a medium sized dehumidifier, as it removes up to 50-pints of moisture from the air per day. It is suitable for use in larger rooms such as the lounge, and is particularly good to use in the basement. Many basements tend to have a buildup of mold and mildew due to the wet and cold conditions during the winter months. To combat this, the need for a dehumidifier arises. The Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier is capable of continuous operation if the unit is located close to a drain.

I made use of this humidifier in my basement and the lounge area and it worked well in both. It has been marketed as being energy efficient, but I am not entirely sure that I am convinced. I have found that previous dehumidifiers of the same size have used less power.

The Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier has three fan speeds which you can adjust to your preferred speed depending on the room. What should also be noted is that this dehumidifier is quite loud. This didn’t really matter much when placed in the basement, but it was definitely noticeable when placed in the lounge area. The amount of noise the dehumidifier make solely depends on the fan speed. The lowest setting of the fan is adequate for smaller room like the lounge, and is a lot quieter.

The Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier has a 13.1 pint size bucket which is suitable for larger rooms, but does need to be emptied at regular intervals. The dehumidifier does come with an automatic shut-off function once the tank is full, which avoids spillage in your home.

There is an adjustable humidity level that can be set in conjunction with the dehumidifier timer. I would often place it in the basement for a 24 hour period and leave it to run.

Even though this appliance is an excellent device to use, I do have one gripe: I wish it had a defrost mode.

Aesthetically the Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier is able to blend into its surroundings. It is rather compact and flat so I was able to push it against a wall without it taking up too much space. I did find moving it around quite a task as it is quite heavy.

The Verdict

Frigidaire is a trusted brand and I do think that this is a good dehumidifier despite not having a defrost mode and its weight. If you are looking for a more heavy duty dehumidifier then perhaps consider the 70-pint rather than the 50-pint dehumidifier by Frigidaire.


Product Reviews - Dehumidifiers

Ivation IVADM10 Powerful Small-Size Thermo-Electric

February 29, 2016 • By

 

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The Ivation IVADM10 Powerful Small-Size Thermo-Electric Dehumidifier is one of the smallest in its class and can be classified as a light-duty dehumidifier. If you are looking for a dehumidifier to use in a relatively small space that is inexpensive and does not use up a large amount of electricity, then this dehumidifier could be the appliance you’ve been looking for.

The Basics

Once you receive your dehumidifier there is no need to set it up as it is ready to use and starts working immediately. Depending on your location and the time of the year, humidity levels can cause mold and mildew to sprout from unexpected places. Living in a city where the winter months are notoriously wet and humid can make it very difficult to get rid of  mold build up without needing a dehumidifier.

I found mildew and mold growth in two areas of my home – my bathroom and closet. In my frustration, I decided to try the Ivation Thermo-Electric Dehumidifier and I was pleasantly surprised. As the name suggests, the Ivation dehumidifier makes use of a thermoelectric effect that converts electricity into a temperature difference across a Peltier module. It is this created temperature difference that changes the humidity level.

One of the biggest advantages of using this type of technology is that the dehumidifier noise output is considerably lower than other dehumidifiers. I used this dehumidifier in my closet and in the bathroom after showering and if it hadn’t sapped the moisture out of the air, I would have barely known it was on.

However, this dehumidifier removes moisture at a slower rate than the larger dehumidifiers. Having said that, it did work perfectly well in my bathroom and closet. I did try it in a larger space but it did not perform as well. This was to be expected, of course. The IVADM10 is designed to dehumidify spaces of around 1,100 square feet. It is also extremely lightweight which made transporting it from the closet to the shower a very easy task. It’s small and compact size also made it easy to place throughout my home without being noticed.

The dehumidifier is comprised of two heat sinks, a fan and a Peltier module all made from durable material which ensures that this humidifier can be used for a number of years. It has a small water collection tank which fills up pretty quickly as it can only take up to 17 ounces of water. Another benefit of this tiny dehumidifier is that is has an automatic full capacity LED light which switches on when the dehumidifier has reached maximum capacity.

The IVADM10 will also stop running when the water tank is full so you don’t have to worry about the water tank overflowing or using unnecessary electricity. It is also well priced – only costing around $40 compared to others in the same class costing around $50.

 

The Verdict

If you are on the lookout for a light-duty dehumidifier to use in small places around the house, that is also not too expensive and easy to move around, then this is a decent choice. However, this particular option is known to have a short lifespan in relation to other machines built for the same purpose and could end up malfunctioning after a month or two, depending on the type of use it receives.


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Ivation GDM20 Thermo-Electric Dehumidifier

February 29, 2016 • By

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The Ivation GDM20 dehumidifier is another reliable product made by Ivation. If you are looking for a dehumidifier to use in a small space, then this is worth your while. Working in a similar way to a vacuum cleaner, these types of dehumidifiers suck air in, remove the moisture from it and then blow it back out again. The moisture collects in a small tank which can be removed, emptied and then replaced.

The Basics

If, like me, you have ever had to struggle with mold build up on the ceiling in a bathroom, you will understand the desperate need for a dehumidifier. A couple of weeks ago, I had our annual apartment check-up conducted by a tightly-wound landlady. Despite following orders of showering with the window open, she was still horrified to find a substantial buildup of mold on the ceiling. Going through my options, I contemplated using a ladder every few weeks and scrubbing the mold off. But this option was not feasible. After searching the Internet, I decided to give the Ivation GDM20 Thermo-Electric Dehumidifier a try.

With a shower about the size of a linen cupboard, the GDM20 proved to be the perfect solution to my problem. Its compact size makes it an easy fit in small spaces and also very easy be moved from room to room. I also ended up using this appliance in my cupboards which were also affected by mold build up and quite a strong musty smell.

The dehumidifier also worked very well in the winter when we were not able to hang our clothing up outside to dry. Often clothes such as jerseys or towels can take up to two days to dry but I found that they dried substantially quicker when using the GDM20.

The Ivation GDM20 can reduce the humidity in a room of up to 1,100 cubic feet. Coming with a 9v DC power adapter, this appliance is also extremely energy efficient. Due to the Peltier technology, the Ivation Dehumidifier runs very quietly – quieter than some of the other appliances in the house.

The water collected during the process of dehumidifying is deposited into a small water tank. The water tank can collect up to 16-oz of water which means that it will have to be emptied out every two or so days. There is also a light feature which indicates when the tank is full and the dehumidifier will automatically shut-off so you don’t have to worry about water spillage.

Cleaning the dehumidifier proved to be an easy task as the tank is situated in the front of the dehumidifier and is very easy to remove and clean. It also has a washable air filter located at the top of the dehumidifier.

The Verdict

If you are looking for a small dehumidifier that can decrease the moisture build up in your home without running up the electricity bill, then the Ivation GDM20 Thermo-Electric Dehumidifier is a good option to check out. Keep in mind the fact that the Ivation line swaps reliability for affordability in a few of their models. This model, in particular, might not last very long with fairly regular use.


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Eva-Dry EDV-1100 Electric Petite Dehumidifier

February 29, 2016 • By

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Compact, reliable and efficient, the Eva-Dry Petite Dehumidifier packs a punch for its size. As Eva-Dry are known for designing some of the best dehumidifiers, we decided to give the Eva-Dry Dehumidifier a try. Due to their built-in Peltier technology (explained later on in the review), the Eva-Dry Dehumidifiers can be used in rooms up to 1,100 cubic feet in volume and collect up to 8 ounces of water per day.

 

The Basics

This dehumidifier falls into the category of electric dehumidifiers which are based on the Peltier technology mentioned earlier. Very basically, Peltier technology refers to the heat pumps which generate a cool surface and then quickly condense the water found in the air. One of the benefits of this type of technology is that it is a lot quieter than other dehumidifiers because it does not have a mechanical compressor. It can therefore be left on throughout the night as it can hardly be heard.

 

The downside of this is that in order for the dehumidifier to condense this moisture via the heat pump, it requires electricity. As is the case with the Eva-Dry EDV-1100 Electric Petite Dehumidifier, they are usually smaller in size to ensure that they don’t use up a large amount of electricity.

 

Unlike some of the other dehumidifiers in its category, the Eva-Dry EDV-1100 Electric Petite Dehumidifier is very small and lightweight. Weighing just 1lb, it is very easy to move around the house. It has a compact and tidy design that allows it to fit into a number of different spaces.

Due to its size, the Eva-Dry EDV-1100 Electric Petite Dehumidifier is ideal for any room or basement. We found it worked particularly well in the bathroom, which suffered from excess moisture build up and, as a result, had quite a bit of mold that was growing on the ceiling. It also worked particularly well in the bedroom during the summer months where the humidity becomes almost unbearable.

 

Even though the dehumidifier is suitable for use in the basement and was able to decrease the moisture in it, I found that its size made it less effective than larger dehumidifiers. The Eva-Dry Dehumidifier has a removable reservoir located in the front which makes cleaning it very easy and it is even easier to remove. It also has an automatic shut-off function which ensures that no water spills over once it has reached its maximum capacity. There is also a light which comes on when the dehumidifier has reached its full capacity  making flooding near impossible.

 

The Verdict

Despite its small size, this dehumidifier worked extremely well in a number of different rooms around the house and uses less electricity than larger dehumidifiers. Its size could be a disadvantage, though, as it is not able to remove the same amount of moisture as the medium to large sized dehumidifiers. That aside, I think that it is the perfect dehumidifier for smaller spaces (like a bedroom) which require the use of a dehumidifier during the summer months or a bathroom that has moisture in excess and could benefit from moisture removal.