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Make sure your dehumidifier is set up correctly

From putting it in the best place to setting up automatic drainage, here's how to correctly deploy your home dehumidifier.

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Where you place your dehumidifier determines how well it will function. Put it in a location where it'll do the most good.

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Avoid placing your portable dehumidifier in high-traffic areas.

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By default, most portable dehumidifiers collect moisture in an internal drip tray.

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Attach a drain tube so the dehumidifier pumps out the water it collects.

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Have your dehumidifier either drain into a drain or directly into a sink.

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Set your dehumidifier to a value within the ideal indoor range of 35 to 50 percent ambient relative humidity.

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Cleaning your dehumidifier will help keep it running as it should.

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Many dehumidifiers have air filters that you must clean frequently.

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