Desiccator: Do You Really Mean Dehumidifier

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Many people refer to a desiccator when they are actually talking about a dehumidifier.   A desiccator is typically an airtight container which keeps a low humidity inside by using agent in the bottom of the container.  It can be used for the cooling of things that are hot or for storing dry things that cannot be exposed to moisture that is normally present in our everyday atmosphere.  However, the term desiccator still gets confused by many people when they are actually talking about a dehumidifier.  A dehumidifier is similar in that it will control the humidity within a given area but instead of that area being an airtight container it is actually a room or structure that is being dried.

Owning a water restoration company we are constantly using dehumidifiers and I am constantly amazed at how many people do not know the proper terminology for the equipment.  A desiccator while it is a fine piece of equipment in a laboratory, scientific fields, and other lines of work is not a good piece of equipment if I need to dry an entire structure that is wet.   You would need a dehumidifier to dry a house. 

Another unusual name I have heard a dehumidifier called is a humidifier.  By its nature the pre-fix de means to remove or take away, so to dehumidify something means to take the moisture away.  If you are humidifying a room or building then you are adding water in the form of humidity to the area. 

These moisture removing machines can be used for many different applications, such as indoor pools, basements, warehouses, museums, mechanic shops, or any place structure where moisture is a problem.  The company you buy these drying machines from should be able to help you size them correctly to your specific project and area.  Keeping a room with a pool dry is much different than keeping a heated/cooled warehouse space dry.  So it is important before you purchase any equipment that it is properly sized to your specific needs.  There are also different styles of these machines that you will need to take into account.  If you are not aware of the differences in a desiccant, refrigerant, and low-grain refrigerant then you will need to make sure to ask a professional before you purchase a unit. The one you choose needs to be based on the conditions it will be used in.   For instance if the space you are looking to keep dry is consistently below 70° then you would not want to buy any kind of refrigeration based unit.  These units do not operate in those cooler conditions efficiently and they would not produce the results you are wanting.  Just make sure to use the proper terminology whether you are looking for a desiccator or a dehumidifier.

This article was published on Wednesday 10 April, 2013.

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