Every avid photographer needs a dehumidifier especially if they live in humid areas as humidity affects the lenses of cameras and the sharpness of photos. Having a dehumidifier is a onetime cost that will save you from many costs as the lenses needs to be cleaned by professionals. Water does not have a negative effect on the lenses but as it is released in the air in form of humid it collects impurities in the air which affects the lenses of the camera. In humid conditions, one needs a special photography skill to make sure they can still achieve sharp photos.
A humidifier works by reducing the moisture level in the air to a level below 50% so that the air is drier, fresher and less destructive. One of the common signs of high humidity in the air is the mildew musty smell and in some cases the presence of mold. A humidifier works by drawing moisture from the air into a grill which is then taken to an evaporator which turns the air into liquid which is collected in a water tray. The remaining air can then be used to warm up the space. By sucking the moisture from the air, a dehumidifier will make sure that your camera kit is safe and your photos are crispy sharp. A basic dehumidifier contains a fan, water tray, compressor and coils.
Since photographer may require a dehumidifier to use in their studio, houses or closed space, a basement dehumidifier may work well as one does not need a dehumidifier to appear in their photos. A dehumidifier for the basement will cover a large floor space. It should be able to extract 100% of moisture from spaces of up to 2000 square feet.
Some of the factors to consider in choosing a dehumidifier include:
Size: The size should be in proportion of the area it is going to cover. Larger areas require bigger dehumidifiers as compared to smaller areas.
Water collecting tray: The water that is extracted from the air goes to a water collecting tray. Different dehumifiers have different sizes of trays and this is an important factor to consider if they do not want the trouble of emptying the water every time. If you plan on putting your dehumidifier in the basement, a pipe can just be connected directly to drain the water and thus a water tray is not very necessary.
Auto defrost: This is an important feature that allows a dehumidifier to remove moisture white at the same time preventing the coils from freezing.
Temperature operation: There are dehumidifiers that work best in low temperatures and there are those that work best in high temperatures and thus this is an important factor to consider.
Humidistat: This is a feature that gives you the ability to set the exact humidity level they require
Continuous drain option: There are dehumidifiers that are made with the continuous drain option that will help you to continuously remove excess moisture without having to empty the water trays.
Automatic restart: This is a feature that allows the dehumidifier to automatically restart in ta case of a power outage.
Automatic shut off: This is a feature that allows the dehumidifier to shut off automatically in case the water try is full.
Timer: This is a feature that will help you to set the dehumidifier timings and can help in saving energy.
User friendly settings: This is especially important if you have kids. The instructions should be clear and easy to understand.
User reviews: It is important to read dehumidifier reviews to get a glimpse of what other users went through with dehumidifier you want to purchase.
Best dehumidifiers in 2017
We all want the best dehumidifiers that will meet our needs well. A photographer will need a dehumidifier that will meet his needs well and will not disappoint. For that reason the following are some of the best dehumidifiers in 2017:
Ivation 70-Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier
This is a dehumidifier that is especially made for large spaces and can cover up to 4,500 square feet. It is made with a sleek design and convenient features that can help you to put exact settings that you need. It is made with auto features that automatically turns the device on or off while at the same time can calculate the humidity levels and cycle it on and off automatically. It has a digital display that gives you easy control of the features.
Part of the main feature it has is a customized humidistat programming, fan speed and timers. It comes with a frost sensor that will prevent the coil from freezing especially in low temperatures. It has an auto restart setting that saves your preferred setting even when it is turned off or in case of a power outage. The unit is portable with a big water reservoir that can hold up to 1.3 gallons of water.
The only limitation of this dehumidifier is the fact that you cannot put a hose connection for continuous drainage.
Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 70-Pint Dehumidifier
This is the perfect dehumidifier for a basement as it is gives you proper humidity control by having programmable settings. It contains an LCD screen that will give you all the information of the unit and the settings. It is made of high quality with energy saving feature that can help you to use for prolonged periods of time while saving on energy. Unlike other dehumidifiers, this particular one comes with a reusable filter that can trap many impurities from the air and can just be rinsed out easily. It has a frost sensor that makes it the right unit to use in low temperature environments.
The only limitation of this dehumidifier is that it is very loud and thus if you have a problem with noise then this is not your go to dehumidifier. It also does not give the option for continuous draining.
Friedrich D70BP 70-Pint
This is a dehumidifier that comes with a built in drain pump. Unlike the previous two that don’t give you an option for draining water continuously, this one gives you the option to do that by just connecting a hose pipe. Apart from having a built in drainage pump, it also contains a water reservoir for those who prefer one and it has a capacity of 16 pint to give you a lot of time between draining. It has been beautifully designed to blend in with any décor. It has controls that are located centrally for a quick set up and control. It is eco-friendly with an energy saving feature to keep your bills low.
The only limit of this dehumidifier is that fact that it is a bit pricey and also the fact that it can be hard to move around since it does not have a handle.
BLACK+DECKER BDT70WT 70-Pint Portable dehumidifier
This is the most stylish dehumidifier you will find in the market. It offers great performance and is equipped with great features at the same time it has a good price. It comes with an inbuilt pump for continuous drainage. It also contains a reservoir that is easy to pull out and in when need arises.
Its style is the minimal design with the front part with just a small window that u can use to peep the reservoir levels. It has digital controls that make the set up very easy and everything can be set in a matter of seconds.
Unlike other dehumidifiers, this one work in a wide range of temperatures from 38 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Even though this dehumidifier is not energy star rated, it has a standard amount of 70 pints per day. It has a humidity gauge that can help you to set the specific humidity levels.
The main setback with this unit is the fact that it runs hotter than others and thus it might not be the best choice for use in small rooms. It also can’t be pushed against the wall since its air intake is located on the back.
- HI sense 70-Pint 2-Speed Dehumidifier with Built-In Pump
As the name suggests, it includes a built in ump that gives it advantage over those that don’t have. This unit is however meant for small spaces for spaces of up to a maximum of 1500 square feet. As much as the unit gives you an option for continuous draining, if you prefer to use a water tray it has an auto shut off button that will stop the unit of the reservoir tank is full. For most HI sense devices the pump is likely to be only up to a range of ten feet.
The unit is made mainly for low temperature climates and can work well if the temperature is more than 38 degrees. For those that have a problem with noise, this is a very low noise level unit.
The limit of this dehumidifier is that there has been complains of the pump being fragile as much as the unit can work well even without the pump. The automated on and off cycles is also more frequent than it is necessary. The unit is portable but is heavier than other dehumidifiers.
Frigidaire 50-Pint Dehumidifier with Effortless Humidity Control
In the Frigidaire model range, this i s the smallest though all other features are relatively the same. The only difference is the level of moisture the unit can remove per day which in this case is the 50 pint size which makes it suitable for rooms up to 2500 square feet.
With this unit, you have the freedom to control the humidity levels through humidity controls to get what you prefer. You can set the unit cycle on and off without much effort. The unit comes with a spacious reservoir that has as plash guard and carrying handle that makes it easy to take out and dump. Unlike other dehumidifiers that have both a continuous drain option and pump, with this there is a continuous drain option but no pump included and thus one can only rely on the center of gravity for drainage.
The unit is safe for use in low temperature environments as it comes with a frost sensor that protects the coils which keeps the unit safe. The unit is energy star rated which means it is eco-friendly and will save on your bills.
The only limit for this unit is that it is very noisy.
EdgeStar 30 Pint Portable Dehumidifier – Best for RV’s
If you need a quality dehumidifier and have a small space, then this is what you need. It can only do a 30 pint moisture intake and thus may be conducive for an RV. It works well for up to 400 square feet but can do up to 1500 square feet. It is perfect for small rooms as it is energy efficient, is quiet and is small. It is lightweight and easily portable. The unit gives you a continuous draining option and contains a hose connection while it also has a reservoir of one gallon. Apart from that, the unit also comes with convenience settings such as auto shut off, fan speed and humidity level.
Because of the design of the unit, the reservoir is prone to spillage thus one needs to empty the reservoir before it reaches its capacity. It also has an inferior filter according to international standards.
1byone 400ML Powerful Thermo-electric Dehumidifier – Best for Closets
This is a dehumidifier that is mainly meant for small spaces and can work well with closets. It is small size and lightweight weighing up to 3lbs. It is recommended to be used in spaces under 100 square feet and can remove moisture of up to 170 ml a day.
Unlike other units, this one does not use a compressor but instead uses peltier technology. Its reservoir tank despite its small size can hold up to 400ml. It also has an auto shut button that will turn off the unit if the reservoir tank is full.
Eva-dry E-333 Renewable Mini Dehumidifier – Best for Small Spaces in the Home
As the name suggests, it is a mini dehumidifier mainly meant for small spaces and can remove up to ten ounces of water per day. It has a small water reservoir that is locate at the back of the unit and is easy to remove and put it back in. It made is a stylish design and is very quiet making it the perfect choice for small spaces. Its limitation however is that it cannot be used in large spaces and it also has a one fan speed.
From the choices above clearly a photographer cannot go wrong in the choice of a dehumidifier. It is a worth investment that will give you the convenience you need while practicing photography.