Looking at the title, we can probably tell that you’re one of those people who knows what it’s like to store a vehicle, tools or other goods in a garage, especially in an area where deep freezing temperatures are experienced.
The reason why that is so is that winters make garages both cold and damp that not only allows rust to settle into your vehicles, but also encourages the growth of mildew on car seats. It also makes carpets and cardboard storage boxes go soggy.
The worst areas to be affected are garages or workshops that have wide gaps around windows and doors. Even buildings that are well-sealed can pose a problem and the moisture on vehicles can linger on for days unless you use a dehumidifier.
If you don’t know already, a dehumidifier can keep the air in your garage dry and help your vehicle, as well as other equipment, endure the wet winter conditions unharmed.
Now when you choose your dehumidifier, you must bear the following in mind:
- Your vehicle will be stored in an area where it is constantly cold and not all dehumidifiers work in freezing temperatures.
- If you want to work in your garage, then you can certainly benefit by turning the temperature up a bit, by which we mean, make it warmer.
- Every dehumidifier model is designed to drain away water consistently, so there’s nothing to worry about.
So for cold weather conditions, the best garage dehumidifier is a desiccant model. It is suitable for unheated garages and they are quite light in weight.
If you really want to get the best out of your dehumidifier in that it lasts you longer than expected, you need to do the following:
Getting the Best Out of Your Dehumidifier
- Place the model on a level surface.
- Use a hose to drain the water. If there isn’t a sink nearby, then drain through the wall. If you don’t do this, the dehumidifier will automatically shut off when it’s full and you have to go back every day to empty the tank.
- If you just want to run your model for a couple of hours, we recommend getting the Meaco DD8L Zambezi as it is the only one to have a built-in Daily Run Timer.
- Use as little of a hose as possible and make sure nothing is blocking the path of the water flow.
- Leave your vehicle’s doors open so that the damp air within the car can go towards the dehumidifier and dry off.
- Seal the garage door as best as you can so that your garage can be as warm and dry as you want it to be.
Keeping Costs to a Minimum
- Desiccant dehumidifiers have heaters built into them, which is part of the desiccant regeneration process. Meaco desiccant dehumidifiers comprise of two heater settings; one at 330 watts and the other at 650 watts. Be sure not to set the unit to a single fan speed as it will never go above 330 watts. And by putting the humidity setting at 60%rh, the running time of your dehumidifier will be reduced.
- If you want to minimize the runtime of your dehumidifier, we recommend choosing the Meaco DD8L Zambezi model as it is the only desiccant dehumidifier to feature a Daily Run Timer. This allows homeowners to easily set the required on and off times and allow the unit to shut down itself.
- For those who prefer some background heat, set the desiccant dehumidifier’s setting at 330 watts.
- You must also clean the filter of your unit as it will increase its lifespan and keep it efficient, not to mention reduce your unit’s running costs.