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Do Dehumidifiers Really Work?

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If you’re asking whether dehumidifiers really do anything it may be because you’re confusing them with air purifiers, because dehumidifiers most definitely work – by sucking moisture out of the air and making rooms feel less like the devil's armpit.

How well they work depends on the type of dehumidifier, the size of the room you’re dehumidifying and, of course, the level of humidity present. Organizations with official-sounding names like the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers often talk about things like “relative humidity” and use a bunch of confusing percentages, but our math looks like this: if you feel sticky and nasty, then it’s too humid.

And, the problems don’t end there. Excess humidity can lead to mold and mildew, attract bugs, cause condensation that damages your stuff, and just generally muck things up. The easiest way to fix these problems and make things more comfortable is to measure the dimensions of the room you’re trying to dry out and buy a dehumidifier that will suck the moisture out of it as fast as possible. But, how do you do that?

Most dehumidifiers will advertise how many pints of moisture they can remove from the air in a 24-hour period. For example, the Frigidaire ENERGY STAR Dehumidifier comes in two different models that can remove 50 and 70 pints of water from the air per day, respectively.

This, if you haven’t guessed, is a truckload of moisture. These dehumidifiers can wick the moisture out of an extremely humid room larger than 2,500 square feet in no time. In fact, if you hook one of these bad boys up to a drain (yeah, a drain) you can just leave it on and suck an average-sized room bone dry.

But, what about smaller rooms with less humidity? No problem – you can check the chart below or use this this handy guide that will tell you even more about selecting the perfect dehumidifier.












































500 ft2



1,000 ft2



1,500 ft2



2,000 ft2



2,500 ft2


Moderately damp

10 pints



14 pints



18 pints



22 pints



26 pints


Very damp

12 pints



17 pints



22 pints



27 pints



32 pints


Very wet

14 pints



20 pints



26 pints



32 pints



38 pints


Extremely wet

16 pints



23 pints



30 pints



37 pints



44 pints



ATGStores.com hopes your summer is super comfy and blessedly free of humidity.

The DeLonghi ENERGY STAR 50-Pint dehumidifier features an adjustable humidistat, 7-liter tank control system with alarm and electronic climate control with LCD display. 

NewAir's 40-pint portable dehumidifier features smooth-rolling casters that allow it to be easily moved from room to room.

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