What area does an ION681 cover?
The Ionmax ION681 is suited to small areas less than 9 sg meters. Ideal for walk-in wardrobes and small bedrooms.
What area does an ION632 cover?
The ION610 is rated for up to 50 Square Meters. So, if you are using room by room, then it will suit most rooms. It would also be suitable for a house or 2-3 bedroom apartment. Dry out each room initially, close door and windows, you can gauge based on the amount of water collected, how dry the room is. Then when all the rooms are done, put somewhere centrally and open the doors.
What area does an ION612 cover?
The ION610 is rated for up to 30 Square Meters. So, if you are using room by room, then it will suit most rooms. It would also be suitable for a 2 bedroom flat or apartment. Dry out each room initially, close door and windows, you can gauge based on the amount of water collected, how dry the room is. Then when all the rooms are done, put somewhere centrally and open the doors. Additionally, the ION612 has an Ionizer function which helps to clean the air.
What area does an ION610 cover?
The ION610 is rated for 15-25 Square Meters. So, if you are using room by room, then it will suit most rooms. It would also be suitable for a small flat or apartment. Dry out each room initially, close door and windows, you can gauge based on the amount of water collected, how dry the room is. Then when all the rooms are done, put somewhere centrally and open the doors.
Why do the desiccant dehumidifiers produce heat?
This is the only way zeolites are used to control humidity levels in conditioned spaces. Desiccant dehumidifiers need to have a heating element to heat the zeolite in order to regenerate it. Heating the zeolite discharges the absorbed water into the water tank. The zeolite regenerates itself during the heating process and is then able to adsorb more water. But the amount of heat produced by the dehumidifiers is not significant – usually only 3 ~ 5°C higher than room temperature at most.
How do zeolites work in the dehumidifier? How do zeolites regenerate?
The zeolites are used in the desiccant wheel of our dehumidifiers. When a zeolite is placed in an air stream, it will adsorb moisture up to its maximum capacity (or saturation point) and will not adsorb any more moisture. When the zeolite has reached its saturation point, the dehumidifier runs a stream of hot air through it and vents the moisture away from it. This moisture collects in the dehumidifier’s water tank. This is necessary to prevent the captured moisture from being reintroduced into the conditioned space. After this, the zeolite can begin to adsorb moisture and the cycle is repeated. This is the process of the zeolite regenerating itself.
Are Zeolites safe?
As explained by ExplainThatStuff.com, zeolites are very stable solids that resist the kinds of environmental conditions that challenge many other materials. Here are some of zeolites’ properties: Can withstand high temperatures. Zeolites don’t burn and they have high melting points (over 1000°C) Resistant to high pressures Don’t dissolve in water or other inorganic solvents Don’t oxidise in air Do not cause health problems through skin contact or inhalation Unreactive and, being based on naturally occurring minerals, they’re not believed to have any harmful environmental impacts
What are zeolites?
Zeolites are a form of naturally occurring volcanic rock composed of hydrated aluminosilicates of the alkali earth metals. Naturally occurring zeolites are rarely pure and are contaminated to varying degrees by other minerals, metals, quartz, or other zeolites. This is why naturally occurring zeolites are excluded from important commercial applications where uniformity and purity are essential. For commercial use, synthetic zeolites are used. Produced into a uniform, phase-pure state, synthetic zeolites and hold some key advantages over their natural form, namely being in a uniform, phase-pure state. Zeolites have a high affinity for water and are capable of adsorbing and de-sorbing it without damaging its crystal structure. This property makes them very efficient at removing excess moisture from the air.
What is a desiccant?
A desiccant is a hygroscopic substance (able to attract and hold water molecules from the surrounding environment) that induces or sustains a state of dryness (desiccation) in its vicinity. Desiccants remove moisture in three ways: Absorption – when a substance is chemically integrated into another, for example, salt dissolving in water and becoming salt water. Adsorption – the physical attraction and adherence of gas or liquid molecules to the surface of a solid. The force of the attraction is very small, van der Waal’s forces, and does not change the physical characteristics of the substance. Chemical reaction or change – a process that changes the chemical structure of the substance. There are four main types of desiccants: Silica gel Montmorillonite clay Molecular sieve (zeolites) Calcium oxide Some desiccant materials can be regenerated (i.e. purged of contaminants and then re-used), whereas some cannot. This depends on the change in the physical structure of the desiccant and the deleterious effects of regeneration on the material. Our desiccant dehumidifiers use Zeolite – and for a very good reason, too. Zeolites are highly efficient at removing moisture from the air. They are also capable of regeneration, meaning your Ionmax dehumidifiers need little to no maintenance at all!
Does damp / humid air really affect me?
You can tell if your home indoor air is too damp or humid if there is always condensation on windows, or you spot mould growing indoors. Excessive moisture in indoor air can have effects on not only your health but your home as well. In short, here’s how excessively damp or humid air can affect you: Dust mites reproduce in damp environments >55%RH People who suffer from Asthma, eczema and other allergies find that inhaling dust mite droppings can make their condition worse. Mould grows in damp environments > 80%RH Mould gives off mould spores (seeds) Inhaling these spores can lead to various health and respiratory conditions. A dehumidifier keeps indoor humidity levels at an optimum level (30-50%RH) and helps stop dust mites from reproducing and mould from growing, helping to maintain healthier indoor air and alleviate symptoms that occur from air that is too damp.
Does running a desiccant dehumidifier cost a lot of money?
Even though the wattage is high, desiccant dehumidifiers are actually very energy efficient. All energy that is consumed by the desiccant dehumidifier is returned to the room as heat, which can be beneficial as it replaces the heat that you would have generated from other sources such as heaters or radiators. Desiccant dehumidifiers also dry the air more efficiently, allowing them to operate at shorter periods than compressor based dehumidifiers (3.5 times faster according to tests at the University of Southampton) when removing the same amount of water. This means that they can actually be cheaper to run compared to compressor dehumidifiers. Furthermore, a dehumidifier can help to reduce your heating costs by making the air dryer. Dry air is much easier to heat than damp air (less water molecules in the air to heat up). In the long run, the money you save on the heating costs will outweigh the money that you spend on the dehumidifier.
How does a desiccant dehumidifier work?
Desiccant dehumidifiers draw air from the room over a filter, and then passes it over a rotating wheel that is full of a material that is used to adsorb excess water out of the air. In Ionmax desiccant dehumidifiers, the material used is Zeolite. The Zeolite wheel then becomes saturated and needs to be regenerated. This is done when a heater in the base of the dehumidifier blows warm, dry air over the Zeolite to force the moisture out of the wheel. The Zeolite is now ready to dry again. The warm, wet air from the wheel hits a metal surface inside the dehumidifier, which ensures the excess moisture condenses and the water drips into the internal tank. The heat used during the drying process is then mixed with the dry air to ensure that the air that comes out of the dehumidifier is not just drier, but a few degrees Celsius warmer than the air that came in.
Does a desiccant dehumidifier need any maintenance?
No. The dehumidifier automatically regenerates the desiccant internally and you will never have to replace it. Ionmax desiccant dehumidifiers have no replaceable parts, either. For the filter, just maintain the filter as instructed in the manual and it will be good for the life of the machine.