Choosing the Right Dehumidifier Based on Room Size August 15, 2016 – Posted in: Blog, Dehumidifiers, Industrial
Water damage restoration projects require the right dehumidifiers. You want to remove as much moisture from the air as quickly as possible, so the rest of the restoration work can occur. Using too small of a dehumidifier will take a long time, and it may result in inadequate drying. Using too large of a dehumidifier means you spend more money than necessary on equipment you don’t need.
As experts in water damage restoration, the team at Aer Industries is here to help you choose the right industrial dehumidifier and provide you with the knowledge and equipment to handle your water damage restorations. Consider the following factors when deciding on a dehumidifier:
- Surface area. The first thing to consider when attacking a water damage restoration project is the size of the space to dry. We generally break the spaces down into four different categories: It’s a simple matter of measuring the square footage of the space being restored. For any surface over 1200 sq. ft., it’s necessary to use more than one dehumidifier, as the space is too great to adequately treat with a single unit. We offer great deals on the purchase of multiple units with our multi-packs of dehumidifiers.
In general, we suggest the following popular models for the various room sizes:
- Room temperature. Water turns to vapor at temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and vapor can be removed from the air with a dehumidifier. You either need to use the heat source available in the space, or bring in your own heat source to raise the temperature above 90 degrees.
- Humidity. Depending on how dry you need to make a space, you can choose between two different technologies of dehumidifiers. Traditional dehumidifiers stop pulling moisture from the air at around a 30% saturation level, while our LGR technology can bring the humidity level to below 30%. If you can live with 30%, our traditional dehumidifiers might be adequate, but consider our higher-performance LGR offerings for greater moisture removal.
- Air movers. Dehumidifiers remove the moisture from the air, while air movers transport saturated air to the dehumidifier. A dehumidifier would struggle to dry a water damaged room with little air flow, which is why we suggest adding 4 to 5 air movers per dehumidifier to ensure adequate air circulation in your room. Doing so allows the dehumidifier to function properly.
- AHAM versus saturation. If you’re trying to choose a dehumidifier for a water damage restoration, you should consider the type of humidity condition. There are two different situations. The first is AHAM, or average humidity conditions, referenced at 60% humidity and 80 degrees F. The second is saturation, or more extreme humidity conditions, at 90% humidity and 90 degrees F. Note these situations when measuring the humidity in your water damaged space and choosing an Aer Industries dehumidifier.
Trust Aer Industries for your industrial dehumidifier needs.
It’s easier to choose the right dehumidifier from our extensive inventory when you make the right considerations. We carry popular, heavy-duty brands like BlueDri© and B-Air© to offer you the high-performance equipment you need.
These general rules and considerations apply to most projects and applications; however, every commercial water damage restoration is unique, so please contact us today to discuss your needs. One of our experts will help you find the right size and quantity of dehumidifiers to handle any water damage restoration.