During the summer months, most folks look forward to long hot sunny days and all the pleasures that those days bring, but we are not so keen on those hot and humid days when normal indoor humidity levels rise causing us to become sweaty and sticky with an overall feeling of fatigue. The summery heat is great but when humidity comes into the picture, the discomfort that it brings reminds us of the old saying - It is not the heat, it is the humidity.
How do Desiccant Dehumidifiers Work to Control Indoor Humidity
Humidity is a measure of the amount of invisible water vapor that is in the atmosphere at any particular time. The warmer the air is, especially in the summertime months, the greater the amount of water vapor it can retain. The higher the humidity becomes, the hotter it will feel. However, this only occurs because of a reduction in the effectiveness of sweating which would normally cool the body. The high humidity prevents the evaporation of perspiration from the skin thus making us feel hot and sticky.
Most if not all office buildings have built in refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers to normalize the indoor humidity to a constant level at around 45 to 50%.
For homes and small offices, it is now possible to experience the same comfort that refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers can offer since portable or small versions can now be bought off the shelf at reasonable prices. All of these units are specifically designed with personal and home use in mind.
How Desiccant Dehumidifiers Control Normal Indoor Humidity During Winter
Desiccant dehumidifiers are not only effective as a cooler and air conditioner on hot and humid days, but they will also operate exceptionally well in places where relative humidity levels fluctuate. Areas of the world where humidity is high during the hot weather months and on rainy days and then becomes low during the cold winter months are ideal situations where a desiccant humidifier will work best.
The reasoning behind this is that desiccant dehumidifiers have the ability to equalize the humidity levels both during high or low humidity periods. There is no need to keep adjusting it to suit the humidity level, as it will automatically detect when it needs to decrease or increase the moisture content in the air. All that needs to done is to plug it in, or switch it on, in the case of a portable unit with a rechargeable battery, and it will work by itself.
It is also possible the purchase gas fired desiccant dehumidifiers if you want to save costs on electricity. If you are into hiking or trekking, this type of unit could be your best companion as you will be able to maintain a normal amount of humidity inside your tent for a more comfortable and restful nights sleep. If the gas happens to run out, you can use the same gas that fuels your light or cooking stove.