All dehumidifiers extract water from the air, but how much should your device collect?
The answer depends on several factors, such as the air humidity, the size of your machine, its water tank, and the setting you use. As a result, portable dehumidifiers contain some water collection tank.
This post examines how much water your dehumidifier should be extracting and what you can do to impact the performance.
Let’s get started.
Quantity Of Water Collected In A Day
If we look at the average dehumidifier, you could expect it to collect roughly 2 and 5 gallons of water daily.
However, a few other factors will affect the quantity of water collected, such as the time it runs during the day, the weather, the space size, and the amount of humidity and excess moisture in the air.
These can be purchased in a range of sizes to suit the needs of your home or office space. For most homes, one that can remove around 2 gallons of water should be adequate for removing small amounts daily.
For those living in an area of high relative humidity or a larger space, you may want to look at one that removes more than 5 gallons of water.
Relative Humidity levels
According to the Mayo Clinic, the average humidity level in your home should be between 30-50%. Meaning that the air in your home holds 30-50% of the maximum excess moisture it can hold.
If you run your dehumidifier continuously for long periods. It will affect how much water the dehumidifier collects.
There is no real need for your dehumidifier to run for extended periods, as it should only really be needed once the humidity level goes over 50%.
If the humidity level drops below 30%, it can impact your quality of life as it provides the perfect conditions for certain bacteria and mold to grow.
Dehumidifiers are designed to be used when the air temperature dehumidifiers are warm. If it is cooler, then they will collect far less water vapor from the atmosphere than on warmer days.
If you are looking for a dehumidifier for your entire house, they will remove far more than one designed to be used in a single room.
These entire house units are on a much bigger scale and can remove far larger quantities of water from the air than the smaller single-room ones.
How Quickly Should A Dehumidifier Fill UP?
Desiccant dehumidifiers will usually start collecting water as soon as they are turned on. However, it can take around 6-7 hours to be full.
How Much Water Should My Dehumidifier?
Typically a dehumidifier collect between 2 – 5 gallons of water daily. This will depend on the relative humidity level in the air and other factors such as running time, water capacity, and weather.
The average dehumidifier should collect between 2-5 gallons of water in a day, but a few factors can affect this quantity. Things such as the water capacity of the unit, the size of the space, weather, humidity level, and running time.
My name is Theresa Clark. I am an engineer and air quality specialist.