The number one question we get asked about the Storage Dehumidifier is “where does the water go?” This is a completely understandable question since the device to the right is what most people think of when they hear the word dehumidifier. This type of dehumidifier collects water and has to be either emptied daily or plumbed into a drain. It’s common sense. But the good news is this is not the only way to dehumidify!
Let’s look as some common examples of dehumidifiers that don’t need draining.
There’s no drain on your clothes dryer. Where does the water go? A toaster is a dehumidifier. It takes moist bread and makes it into crunchy dry toast. Where does the water go? When you dry your hair with a blow dryer, where does the water go?
You don’t have to collect water to dehumidify, you simply chase it somewhere else.
All three of the above devices remove moisture in the same manner. By increasing the temperature of the air which surrounds the moist toast, wet clothes or wet hair, they create a zone of ultralow relative humidity which draws the water out of whatever is wet and dissipates it into the air. The Storage Dehumidifier does exactly this same thing only in a much milder fashion. By gently warming the air in your closet or small confined space, the moisture is drawn out of your shoes or linens into the air where the well known principle of heat rising carries it away. Perhaps the easiest example of how this works is blowing your hair dryer at a foggy bathroom mirror. The warm air from the blow dryer carries away the condensation on the glass.
I’ve always used a tub of desiccant and that works fine.
Moisture likes to collect in cool dark areas which creates the perfect growing environment for mold and mildew. Placing a tub of desiccant nearby can sometimes help a little with this, but it’s really not very effective and requires constant monitoring and attention. Never mind that you’re dumping a slurry of chemicals into your toilet every few weeks. None of us are immune to the occasional accident. What happens when you drop the full desiccant container on your floor? Regardless of whether it’s carpet or even concrete, no matter how hard you try, you will have a permanent damp spot that no amount of cleaning will ever get rid of. The Dampp-Chaser Storage Dehumidifier completely avoids these issues. Place it in your problem area, plug it in, and forget it. No draining, no monitoring, no recharging, just a clean dry environment for your valuables.
Just think of all the possible uses for something like this.
- Put a small one in the kitchen cupboard where you keep your dry food items like cereal and potato chips. Dry and crunchy beats limp and soggy any day!
- Place a medium size Closet Dehumidifier in the closet where you keep your linens. They’ll smell fresh and be ready to use no matter how long they have been put away.
- Install one in the storage compartments in your boat or RV, especially when in seasonal storage to keep the myriad of nooks and crannies mold and mildew free, ready for next season!
- Speaking of seasonal storage, place a 24” Closet Dehumidifier under your motorcycle or personal watercraft when they are covered and stowed for the winter too.
- If you’re the tinkering mechanical type, you probably have a small fortune invested in your tools. Does it make you crazy when you pull out a tool you haven’t used in a while and it’s all rusty?