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Prevent Mold and Mildew in your Home

  1. 1. ==== ====For the absolute BEST prices on dehumidifiers, go ====Recently I purchased a Soleus Air CFM-40e dehumidifier for moisture problems in my bedroom.Based on my experience I can honestly say the Soleus Air CFM-40e series dehumidifier ranksamongst the top of all brands in this size. Chances are, if you believe you need a dehumidifierthen you probably need one. Some of the signs that you need a dehumidifier are rotting wood trim,musty odors, window condensation, water stains on interior walls and increased allergic reactions.All of these are an indication of increased moisture in your home and a reason to buy a gooddehumidifier.If you ignore the moisture, the result will be the growth of mold and mildew and also the release ofmold spores which are a main contributor to allergies and asthma. If not taken care of quickly, longterm moisture problems can and will cause thousands of dollars in damage.The first thing you need to do is try to get to the root of the moisture problem. Your best bet is to fixthe moisture problem at the root. However, sometimes its just not possible to find or fix theproblem; thus making a dehumidifier imperative. If youre looking for an efficient, quiet dehumidifierthen look no further than the Soleus Air CFM-40e. Below are the features and my review of theSoleus Air CFM-40e.Nearly Silent OperationWithout a doubt the biggest complaint for dehumidifiers is the noise level. If youve ever stood nextto a dehumidifier you know how loud they can be. The Soleus Air CFM-40E is without a doubt themost quiet dehumidifier I have ever used or heard. The unit has three power levels; Quiet, Mediumand High. With the power level set to Quiet, the sound level is 41 decibels according to the usersguide. To make this easier to understand, a library is typically around 30 decibels. Normalconversation is 60 - 70 decibels. So 41 decibels is somewhere between a whisper quiet library anda normal conversation.I also have an older LG dehumidifier. Its used in my basement. It certainly is a real work horse.But its also sounds like a jet engine at take off. I had done tons of research on dehumidifiersbefore purchasing one. But I was still very nervous when I ordered the Soleus Air CFM-40ebecause it was to be used in my bedroom and I had never heard one run. I needed something thatwas very quiet. The Soleus Air CFM-40e is definitely that; extremely quiet. I dont always run it atnight because humidity levels arent always high, but when I do run it at night, I dont even noticeits there. It sits about 3 feet from the foot of my bed. Im not saying you cant hear it at all, but itskind of like white noise. I typically have a TV on in my bedroom when I go to bed. The timer is seton the TV for 60 minutes and I am usually sleeping long before that. While the TV is on, I cannothear the dehumidifier at all. If I happen to wake up at night I no longer even notice its on.
  2. 2. Unlike traditional dehumidifiers, the Soleus Air CFM-40e uses a rotary compressor, which is one ofthe reasons its so quiet. Most other compressors use a reciprocating type compressor which islouder. The fan motor is also nearly silent. The Soleus Air engineers went to great lengths duringthe design phase to ensure nearly silent operation.Extremely Powerful Dehumidifying CapabilityDehumidifiers work by drawing air into the unit with a fan. As air is drawn into the dehumidifier it iscooled by pulling the air over a cold coil system. Cool air does not have the capability to hold waterlike warm air does. As the air is cooled, the water in the warm air condenses on the cool coils. Thewater which has collected on the coils then runs off those coils and drips into a catch pan. Oncethe air has shed its water, it is drawn back over warmer coils. The warm coils heat the air back upto more room like temperature without inducing more water into the air. The more surface area thecoils have, the greater the dehumidifying capability of the unit.The Soleus Air CFM-40e is rated to remove 40 pints of water per day. Thats 5 gallons of waterevery day. However, the water tank will only hold 12.5 pints of water. This means if your room airis so humid that the dehumidifier actually removes 40 pints per day, you would need to empty thetank roughly 3.5 times per day. The Soleus Air CFM-40e does come standard with a continuousdrainage port. The continuous drainage port allows you to connect a hose to the side of the unitand drain directly into a drain of some type or even out a window if you have access to one.Perfect Humidity Levels With Adjustable HumidistatOnce humdity get above 50%, mold and mildew can start to grow, and other moisture problemscan surface. Humidity levels can be measured with a simple hygrometer. A hygrometer is a toolthat will tell you how humid the air is by measuring the amount of water vapor in the air. The pricesare all over the map, but for a small investment you can get a good idea how humid your area is. Ipurchased a hygrometer online and paid less than $10. It works very well.The Soleus Air CFM-40e has 4 humidity level settings. Three of the settings are dry / medium /moist. The dry setting is for a humidity level of 50%. The medium setting keeps is for a 60%humidity level and the moist setting keeps the area at 70% humidity. The fourth setting is continualde-humidification. At this setting the Soleus Air CFM-40e will keep sucking water like a camelgetting ready for a desert trip.Initially I thought the lack of a wider range of settings might be a problem. Not to worry. Ive foundthat leaving the unit set for the dry setting keeps my bedroom between 45% and 50% humidity.Sometimes the humidity level will be a little lower and sometimes its a little higher depending onwhere Ive placed the hygrometer. The Soleus Air CFM-40e has plenty of adjustments to get youthe humidity level you need.Miscellaneous FeaturesWithout a doubt, dehumidification capability and quietness are two most important factors whendeciding upon a dehumidifier. However, the Soleus Air CFM-40e has more features that make itan outstanding value.
  3. 3. Its energy efficient! I hooked the Soleus Air CFM-40e up to an electric usage meter. Based on thatI calculated if I was to run the dehumidifier 24 hours a day, 7 days a week it would cost me about$20. I dont run it close to that much. Ive found out that in the winter time I do not need to run it allall because the furnace is running and the air is colder and drier. In the summer time, I run it 8hours per day; so thats about $7 per month. Not bad at all to solve a moisture problem.An attractive design. You wont see it displayed in an art gallery, but for a dehumidifier its not badlooking. Most dehumidifiers are boxy and industrial looking. The Soleus Air CFM-40e has a nicerounded, aerodynamic look. Even though you wouldnt see this in an art gallery, I have seenmodern art not nearly as attractive.There are wheels on the bottom if the unit to make moving it easier. Its not a very heavy unit,weighing in at less than 31 pounds. But the wheels make it easy to move from one area to anotherif you need to.Adjustable louvers on the top of the unit to direct the output airflow where you want it to go.The Soleus Air CFM-40e will operate down to 36 degrees Fahrenheit. This is important because ifyou use it in your basement or garage it will continue to work down that temperature. Otherdehumidifiers will not work in temperatures that low. Ensure you check the temperature rating ofany unit you purchase and verify it will work in the area you plan to place it.A magnetic float that automatically turns the unit off when the drainage tank is full. No need toworry about the unit overflowing. Just be sure you dont remove the styrofoam thats attached tothe float when you unpack the unit. The styrofoam is there for a purpose, but it looks like packingmaterial.A Quirk Thats Not A QuirkWhen the Soleus Air CFM-40e is powered on, you will immediately notice one thing about it thatyou may not like. But, this one quirk is actually a smart design by Soleus Air. The minor quirk iswhile the unit is powered on, the intake fan runs continuously. Even when the unit is not activielydehumidifying the intake fan is running. This is a smart idea because when the intake fan isrunning the room air is continuously being cycled. By doing this the dehumidifier can constantlymonitor the humidity in the room. If the air was not being moved in the room, the dehumidifierwould only be able to monitor the humidity in the area in which it was located. The fan running allthe time is not really an issue because it is so quiet. Ive been very happy with my purchase of theSoleus Air CFM-40e. If I ever need another dehumidifier I would certainly look at at Soleus Air.Bill has worked as a support engineer in the AIDC industry for more than 10 years. He is an avidreader, blogger and self-taught guitar player. His blog at reviews, compilesother reviews and recommends the best gifts for everyone on your shopping list. You can also visit for more information on barcodes and barcode scanners.Article Source:
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