I have been using an electric dehumidifier for a few months now after trying a variety of ways to minimize/eliminate molds from developing on my leather bags during the rainy seasons and so far, it’s really helping me control the growth of molds. If you are new to my blog, I am a full-time online seller (and a part-time blogger) and I do keep an inventory of leather goods such as bags, belts, and more. I’m here to share with you guys how to save money when buying a dehumidifier.
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Why I Bought an Electric Dehumidifier
I have been a full-time seller of second-hand goods for a few years now and every rainy season (June -September) I spend A LOT of time cleaning my leather merchandise to prevent them from molding and also to eliminate molds in some items. I have tried a variety of things to resolve this mold issue and the most effective way that I found was to keep an electric dehumidifier running 24/7 in my storage room.
What is an Electric Dehumidifier and What Does it Do
Basically, an electric dehumidifier is an electric appliance that sucks the moisture out of the air. It’s like a vacuum cleaner that sucks the air in and removes the water from the air and it blows the dry air out. By doing so, reduces or maintains the level of humidity inside the room where you place it.
I live in a tropical country and as we all know, it’s very humid here. And the humidity is especially high during the rainy seasons.
Moisture encourages the growth of molds, mildews, and other organisms and if it gets uncontrollable then it can damage a lot of things in your house. Excessive moisture is also not good for wooden interiors because moisture can also damage the wood.
The musky odor in your room is also caused by humidity, so if you want to remove it, aside from cleaning your room, consider getting an electric dehumidifier.
How to Save Money When Buying a Dehumidifier
Choose the Type that Works Best for Your Climate
In order to maximize the money that you will spend on your dehumidifier, choose the one that works best for your climate.
There are two types of dehumidifiers – refrigerant and desiccant. Refrigerant dehumidifiers suck moist air into its cold evaporator coil which condenses the moisture in the air. Desiccant dehumidifiers draw air into moisture-absorbing materials which are usually silica gels.
I live in a tropical country and I use the refrigerant one because I’ve read that it’s also energy-efficient and that they suck in more moisture than the desiccant version. In a few months of running two dehumidifiers (alternately) for 24/7, it really didn’t impact my electricity bill that much.
I’ve read that in colder climates, the desiccant is the preferred type but I can’t say much about it since I don’t use it as much as the other one (refrigerant).
Choose the One that Can Provide Your Needed Coverage
Electrical dehumidifiers come in various sizes (and various prices of course), the bigger it is, the bigger the area that it can cover. My storage room is less than 15 sqm and I bought an electric dehumidifier that can cover at least 20 sqm.
To save money, just buy the one that can cover the size of the room where you will put it in.
I bought my electric dehumidifier on Shopee Philippines, but you can also buy them on Lazada Philippines and if you’re not located in the Philippines, then you can surely find one on Amazon.
Before you click the ‘Buy’ button, be sure to read the reviews first so you can have an idea about what other customer thinks about the product. Before I bought my electric dehumidifiers, I read multiple reviews and I checked multiple websites to see which one is the cheapest that has the most positive reviews.
Since I was buying online, there’s no way that I could check the real product and I had to rely on the reviews. I have been using mine for almost six months now and I feel that I have already recouped my investment because it helped me save time from cleaning my merchandise frequently to prevent molding. There are barely any signs of molds since I started using the electric dehumidifiers.
Use Discount Vouchers
Shopee has discounts and free shipping vouchers which helped me save money on my purchases. Before you pay for your purchases, check if there are discount vouchers available on the e-commerce websites that you are using.
Only Buy with Warranty
This is a personal rule of thumb of mine whenever I buy any electrical appliance even if it’s really not that expensive – always buy with a warranty.
Luckily, I didn’t have to deal with returning the dehumidifiers that I bought since they’re working properly. But just to be on the safe side, only buy an item with a warranty. This will help you save money especially if it breaks down before the warranty ends. Also, be sure to read the Terms and Conditions of the warranty
I can’t imagine living without an electric dehumidifier. There are just so many advantages especially for an online seller like me. If you are an online seller with a huge inventory of leather goods or if you’re a bag collector or an art collector that needs to keep your collection dry at all times (or at a certain level of humidity) then I highly suggest that you consider getting an electric dehumidifier for your storage room.How to Save Money When Buying a Dehumidifier Click To Tweet
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