What is a desiccant dehumidifier and should I buy one?

desiccant dehumidifier in living room
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Exactly what is a desiccant dehumidifier? This is a question you may have been asking if you are in the market for a dehumidifier to use in your home to combat problems arising from excess moisture. 

Perhaps you are looking at how to stop condensation, or maybe you have noticed some unnerving and ugly-looking damp or mould patches appearing on your walls. Maybe you are searching for ways to get your wet laundry dry faster now that the outdoor washing line has been relegated to the garden shed. Whatever your reasons for embarking on a hunt for one of these moisture-combatting machines, you need to make sure you know what's what in the world of dehumidifiers. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.