When it comes to indoor air, there are two extremes you need to be mindful of: humid and dry. Both can wreak their fair share of havoc on your health, but high relative humidity is just plain uncomfortable to live with. And cracking a window will not get rid of the mugginess but rather allow insects and other summertime pests indoors.
What you need, friends, is a dehumidifier.
Today, we’re going check out the FAD604DWD from Frigidaire, a heavy-duty dehumidifier that comes with all of the bells and whistles you’re looking for. If you live in a particularly warm place when summer comes rolling by, you’ll want to seriously consider investing in this machine.
70-PPD Moisture Removal
The way the Frigidaire works is by suctioning in air from a room and passing it around a series of chilled coils to condense moisture particles.
The accumulated particles are then collected, effectively dropping the relative humidity level in rooms of up to 1,400 square feet.
This dehumidifier has a moisture-removal rating of up to 70 pints per day (PPD) or roughly 8-3/4 gallons of water every day. Imagine walking in a room and being exposed to that much moisture. Now imagine it going away within 24 hours. You can bid farewell to humidity-induced sweats and mold growth with the Frigidaire planted strategically in the corner of a room.
Continuous Downward Drainage
The Frigidaire works like any entry-level dehumidifier by letting the condensed moisture particles fall into a basin. You’ll need to empty the basin out periodically since, for some reason, it can only hold onto 16.3 pints of water (far less than what it can remove per day).
If you don’t like the idea of emptying the basin out manually, you can always plug in a garden hose (sold separately) into the drain port in the back. That way, water will flow continuously through the hose. The Frigidaire needs to be placed at a higher elevation than the hose since it does NOT come with a built-in pump. You’ll need to purchase that separately.
The Frigidaire is SpaceWise Portable which, in normal terms, simply means that it sits atop four plastic caster wheels for easy mobility. Also, it has two integrated side handles and a large D-style handle on top that makes transporting the unit up and down staircases effortless.
However, you might need a second pair of hands to help you move it from floor to floor. With an empty tank, the Frigidaire weighs a hefty 46 pounds—heavier than most 70-PPD dehumidifiers you’ll see on the market.
Washable Antibacterial Mesh Filter
Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air in order to prevent mold and bacteria growth, but what’s there to stop bacteria from thriving inside of the moist environment in the device itself? Simple: the Frigidaire is equipped with a handy antibacterial mesh filter that, as the name suggests, kills bacteria on contact.
You’ll need to periodically check on the filter to ensure that it’s not clogged with dust and germs. If it is, a simple wash and rinse under running water should have it as good as new and ready for several more weeks of dehumidifying.
Other Notable Features
If you don’t have a garden hose plugged into the Frigidaire, you don’t need to worry about the tank overflowing and ruining carpets or floorboards. This dehumidifier will automatically shut off when the tank has almost reached maximum capacity. You’ll see on the control panel a light indicating that the tank needs to be emptied.
Relative Humidity Control
The “ideal” humidity level varies from person to person. The Frigidaire allows users to set up the maximum humidity level, starting from a dry 35% to a generally unbearable 85% (adjustable at 5% increments). When the room’s relative level has reached the desired level, the motor will shut off on its own and await further instructions.
The onboard hygrometer has a margin of error of between 5 and 6%.
Quiet Noise Output
On its higher fan speed setting (only two speed options), the Frigidaire produces a continuous hum of up to 54 decibels—about the same volume as conversation tones—making it one of the quietest 70-PPD dehumidifiers available.
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Verdict: Should I Get the Frigidaire FAD704DWD?
The Frigidaire FAD704DWD is one of the most powerful residential dehumidifiers to date, and with an assortment of convenience-adding features, it’s no wonder the it’s so popular. Although a built-in pump would have been nice, at least you have the option to purchase one separately (a must-have for basements).
Overall, the Frigidaire FAD704DWD would be an invaluable piece to have in any size home or apartment.