During renovations, cold and humid weather can pose a multitude of challenges for bricklayers, plasterers and painters, potentially causing huge delays in renovation projects.
Water being a common component in mortars, paints and concrete, these renovation works require warm, dry air and proper ventilation in order to dry efficiently.
To speed up drying indoors, it is necessary to reduce indoor humidity using warm, dry air, and sufficient ventilation.
However, attempting to dry a renovated room using only hot air from a heater can cause side effects such as surface discolourations and cracked walls, and hot air alone cannot reduce indoor humidity.
So how can we speed up renovations efficiently? How can we dry a room after renovations quickly?
Dehumidifiers can minimise the risk of these side effects by removing moisture from the air and reducing the indoor humidity levels regardless of the temperature outside.
The moisture is disposed as water from the collection tank or through a drainage hose, and warm, dried air is released back into the room for ventilation.
Dry and warm air released by the dehumidifier also considerably speeds up the process of water evaporation from damp walls or floors.
Different types of dehumidifiers are available on the market, and one of the most efficient are desiccant dehumidifiers, which are preferred due to their ability to perform at both low and high temperatures - even close to freezing point.
Desiccant dehumidifiers are also able to dry to humidity levels as low as 35%RH if required, something that other types of dehumidifiers can hardly achieve.
With desiccant dehumidifiers like the Ionmax ION612 and ION632, the Zeolite used as the desiccant can even regenerate itself, ensuring ongoing use with no need for replacements or maintenance.
Capable of removing up to 10L of moisture a day, dehumidifiers like the Ionmax ION632 are also ideal for drying out rooms after a water leak. In freshly painted rooms that use water-based paint, they can help to dry out the room much faster.
The room that is being dried out with a dehumidifier should be closed off to avoid an inflow of humid air from the outside. The dehumidifier should also be placed in the middle of the room and away from walls and surfaces to ensure the best performance and airflow.
While choosing the right dehumidifier, you should also consider their water removal efficiency, ease of use, user reviews, coverage area, and operation capacity.
The Ionmax ION612 and ION632 dehumidifiers have been consistently recommended by CHOICE Consumer Magazine's dehumidifier review. Rated highly for their high water removal efficiency and ease of use, the ION632 has been the Overall Best Performer for three years running, whereas the ION612 has been in the Top 3 Recommended Dehumidifiers since 2014.
For information and help on choosing a dehumidifier, contact Andatech or visit www.andatech.com.au/dehumidifiers
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