Why Choose Soleus?
Soleus is most commonly known for their production of compressors for commercial use. Since their start in 1997, they’ve grown to include packaged terminal air conditioners, window-based systems and dehumidifiers. Despite their dehumidifiers not being very high tech, they’ve introduced a few interesting models to the dehumidifier market.
Soleus dehumidifiers are measured by the quantity of moisture they can remove from a single use. This means that if a unit is 45 PPD, it refers to 45 pints. Soleus starts at the 20 – 45 pint range with only a few units still left in this category.
The larger, more standard units fall into the 50 to 70 pint category with roughly half a dozen models in this size group. Units in this range have mostly the same features with only their fan speeds and buckets sizes varying. Some models include Wi-Fi and an internal pump.
These units can also handle rooms between 800 and 1200 ft², considerably larger than the units in the 20 – 45 range. On the upper end of the dehumidifier scale, Soleus offers a number of units over 70 PPD.
Soleus has a number of unique technological features that set them apart from other brands. These include:
- My Home Mode: This feature allows you to use preprogrammed settings for different humidity levels in your home. These different modes cover areas such as basements and crawl spaces which will have different humidity requirements than a living space like your lounge area or your bedroom.
- Tri-Pat Certified: Any appliance that runs continuously for long periods of time creates extra possibilities of component failure. Dehumidifiers that are tri-pat certified have a temperature sensor that shuts the motor down if the system begins to overheat. The compressor takes a three minute break after several hours of consistent operation.
- Full Bucket Auto Shut Off: When the water container is full, the unit will automatically shut off until the user is able to empty it. This protects your space from water damage or leaking buckets. Added to that, a “full bucket light” will light up and an audible alarm will sound, notifying the user that the bucket is ready to be emptied.
Soleus has numerous reasonably priced machines, affordable for just about any budget. With their unique features that are aimed at ensuring user and machine safety, it’ll be very easy to set one up in your home.
Features to consider when choosing a Soleus dehumidifier
It’s important to remember that while all dehumidifiers may look similar, different features and sizes set them apart from each other. Below we’re going to look at a few features that are important to know and consider.
The power of a dehumidifier refers to the wattage the unit needs to work at full capacity. Some models can use as little as 350W while others require as much as 785W. The more wattage a dehumidifier needs to function, the more energy you’ll use. When choosing the correct unit for your home and looking at your budget, you need to factor in the addition to your energy bill.
This is where the “Programmable Timer” function is handy because you can regulate the time the unit works in each room. The Soleus DS2-95IP-201B has wattage of 750. While this is higher than most it also means you won’t have to leave the unit on as long as you would for a unit with 445W like the smaller Soleus DSX-45EM-01.
Cubic Feet per Minute or CFM, refers to the measurement of how much air a fan can move. CFM is important in dehumidifiers because moisture can only be extracted from the air in the room as it’s moved through the unit. In general you’re looking for a unit with a higher CFM rating.
It’s important to remember that coverage area doesn’t include walls that separate rooms. The ft² measurement only refers to unobstructed open areas where air can flow freely. If you have big rooms, you will obviously need a bigger unit to get maximum results.
You also need to take into consideration how damp the room is. For instance, if a room is very damp, a 50-pint dehumidifier will cover an average of 800ft². We reviewed the Soleus DS1-30-01B, which has a capacity of 30-pints and this will cover a space of 200ft². So this unit is then more appropriate for smaller rooms.
A person intending to use the unit in one particular space will use this smaller unit. You also need to take into account your basement or crawl space. A smaller unit would have no effect in areas as large or damp as those.
Dehumidifying capacity refers to the unit’s total moisture removal ability. Simply put, how much moisture can the unit extract from the air? Remember, these units’ sole purpose is to extract moisture from the air.
Capacity is measured in pints of moisture removed in a 24 hour period. For example, a unit advertised as having a “45-pint dehumidifier”, can remove 45 pints of moisture from the air in a 24-hour period.
What you’re looking for here is a bigger pint amount. The Soleus DS2-95IP-201B on our review list is a 95 pint unit, meaning that 95 pints of moisture is extracted from the air in your home. This makes it one of the higher pint quantities, ideal for larger homes and high humidity regions. The only other unit close enough to that pint capacity is the Soleus DS1-70EIP-101B. This unit has a capacity size of 70 pints.
The smaller units like the Soleus DS1-70EIP-101B have a capacity of 45 pints. If you’re going to use your dehumidifier in all the rooms of your house, and perhaps also in a basement or crawl space, you might need to look at a unit with a capacity of 95 pints.
Dehumidifiers remove moisture form the air in a particular room. This moisture collects in a water tank which is situated at the bottom of the unit’s plastic casing. The bigger the water tank, the better. On some models the water tank is referred to as the “bucket capacity.” The bigger the bucket, the less times you’ll have to go and empty it for the unit to continue working.
Again, here you need to consider the rooms you’ll use it in. If you’re going to use the unit in the basement where the air is very damp a smaller bucket will mean many trips to empty it. In this instance you’d need a unit with a bigger bucket. For example, the Soleus DS1-70EIP-101B on our review list has a bucket capacity of 16,9 pints compared to the Soleus DSX-45EM-01 with 8.5 pints.
Noise levels on dehumidifiers are measured in decibels or Db. When it comes to dehumidifiers, the quieter, the better. In decibel readings, you want the lowest reading possible. For example, a dehumidifier producing 53Db of sound is quieter than a unit with 60Db of sound. What you don’t want is a dehumidifier producing noise to the extent that it’s disrupting or annoying.
It’s virtually impossible to find a unit that doesn’t make any noise, since dehumidifiers work as a result of air passing through compressors and fans, and this produces the noise. What you want to look for is a unit that advertises “quiet operation” because manufacturers have insulated the fan to make less noise.
On our review list, only the Soleus DS2-95IP-201B has a reading of 60 decibels. All the others have decibel readings of 53Db or lower. This reading is equal to the sound of a refrigerator running in the background.
Considering that you will move your dehumidifier between rooms you would ideally want a unit that isn’t bulky and heavy. A typical dehumidifier used for household purpose shouldn’t weigh more than 68lbs. The Soleus DS1-70EIP-101B unit on our review list, which has a weight of 47lbs which is impressive for such a big unit.
When you consider the dimensions of a dehumidifier, check where the unit will be standing in each room. Measure the spaces of all the rooms and ensure that the unit you are looking at will fit into each room. Remember that the dehumidifier shouldn’t stand against a wall, and there should be adequate air flow around the whole unit.
Ensure that the unit will fit properly into the smallest room without being shoved in a corner or against a wall. The biggest unit on our review list, the Soleus DS1-70EIP-101B has dimensions of 24.87 x 15.25 x 11.25 inches making it an ideal size for even the most compact living spaces.
Size of the Room
To ensure you consider the correct unit for the size of rooms it’s going to be used in, use the following formula. Measure the length and width of the biggest room. Multiply the length and width. This will give you the square foot (ft²) of the room. For example, a room that is 50 feet long and 30 wide will give you a total measurement of 1500ft².
Once you know the dimensions, you can work out if the dehumidifier you’re looking at will be the right size.
As a simple guideline for choosing the right dehumidifier for the size of your room, consider this:
- 30-Pint dehumidifier: Ideal for areas up to 1500ft².
- 40-50-Pint dehumidifier: Recommended for areas up to 200ft².
- 60-70-Pint dehumidifier: Suited for areas in excess of 2000ft² or where the air is very damp, perhaps even with standing water on the floor. (Like you might find in basements or crawl spaces.)
Be prepared by taking the relevant measurements before you start shopping for a dehumidifier. This will ensure that you get the right unit from the onset. Our review list has units in varying pint capacities for different sized rooms.
When considering the warranty period on your dehumidifier, remember that the unit will be running at least 12 hours every day. You need to invest in a unit with a decent warranty or else you will end up buying a new unit sooner than you might have anticipated. On average, a dehumidifier used correctly can last anywhere between five and 10 years. This will depend on how it is maintained and used. Also do the necessary research on the customer service process. Check reviews and establish if the company you’re considering will actually assist you if you ever need them.
Different humidifiers have different features that are designed for smoother operation and user comfort. Some of these include:
- Programmable Timer: This function allows you to program the start and switch off times based on your needs. For example, doing this in advance means you won’t forget to switch the unit off before going to bed and end up wasting energy.
- Caster and Handles: Casters are wheels at the bottom of the unit, making it easy to move from one room to another. Handles also make moving the unit easier.
- Automatic Restart: When there is loss of power to the unit, possibly from a power outage, this function ensures the dehumidifier automatically restarts at the point it was when the power went out. There’s no need to go and reset the unit.
- Automatic Humidistat: The purpose of a humidistat is to maintain the desired level of humidity. This happens when the humidistat activates the dehumidifier to run only when needed. This is an easy way to ensure that your dehumidifier doesn’t use too much energy.
- Full Bucket Auto Shut-off: This nifty feature prevents water damage and spills where the dehumidifier is placed by switching off when the bucket is full. An alarm will sound, notifying you that you need to empty the bucket.