1.Electricity. Energy efficiency is a consideration, but not the primary consideration when choosing a dehumidifier for your boat. If you have an Air conditioner system this will dry but the energy consumption is much higher than the Energy consumption of a dehumidifier. The dehumidifier uses electricity only when it is needed or as set by the user. The Humidistat allows you to set the dryness to stop mould & mildew usually to maintain a cabin humidity level of around 60% relative humidity.
2.Power Outs. The most important reason to have a marine dehumidifier is it does not have to be reset after the power blips, which it does several times a day in many harbours. When the power goes out, obviously the unit shuts off but the minute the power comes back ON, the Ecor Pro dehumidifier comes right back on. Most home dehumidifiers have some type of electronics that means they do NOT turn back on automatically after a power blip.
3.Construction. A good boat dehumidifier will have a low centre of gravity, be relatively lightweight, compact in size and have no castors to roll around. Ideally it should be able to be fixed & secured down to avoid tipping with the motion of a boat, even in a slip. Ecor Pro DryBoat units are perhaps the smallest desiccant dehumidifiers in the market & the clever feet allow the unit to he fastened down.
4.Stainless Steel. Humidity and salt air causes metal to rust. Our stainless dehumidifier just keeps on & removing water day in and day out. A home dehumidifier may be plastic on the outside but on the inside its unprotected metals that rust.
5.Carry Handle. You may want to take your dehumidifier home so having a carry handle that allows you to carry in one hand on and off board but also leaves one hand free to steady yourself on the plank. It makes it easier to transfer to storage under the pullman berth each year if necessary for the high summer if you have no room to actually install the Ecor Pro dehumidifier in a cupboard or even under a bunk.
6.Safety & Reliability. A stainless dehumidifier can cost more than what a household unit would be but it should last a lot longer. The other issue is a home dehumidifier has been designed to work as it says in a home. They have not been designed to work all day, every day as is needed in required when an installation or during winter periods unattended. I have heard of plastic home dehumidifiers going on fire (thankfully none of our Ecor Pro home units) but we have never heard of a stainless steel dehumidifier overheating. The inbuilt safety always protects your investment.
7.Low Temperatures. In most instances, where your boat is birthed, it will get cold at some time. Usually at the times you need to protect the boat most from moisture. Using conventional compressor dehumidifiers will not dry at lower temperatures and therefore only a desiccant dehumidifiers are suited to the purpose.
8.Other Alternatives? Will desiccant gel products do the job? Yes, but they fill up very quickly in such a humid atmosphere and need to be replaced regularly. Typically these gel units extract very small levels of water rather than litres with a desiccant dehumidifier.
9.Control Humidity. Dehumidifiers allow you to set the percent of humidity left in the boat. If you have a teak cabin humidity level should be maintained around 60% relative humidity. If not wood you can keep your boat dry to the level that suit you.
The HSBoatdehumidifier small is 190 x 190 x 190mm.
The HSBoatdehumidifier large is 190 x 190mm x 280mm long Of course ducting is slightly more but it’s the smallest piece of kit that can be used to save thousands of $ € or £ of cost maintaining your craft.