Can a Dehumidifier Dehydrate You?

Here's a trivia question that my friend asked me the other day. Could someone dehydrate to death if they fell into a deep sleep while a dehumidifier is running? While we all have a good chuckle, surprisingly there are many who think that a dehumidifier may actually over-dehydrate them. There are many factors that would lead to this belief. In this post, we are going to debunk all your concerns and prove once and for all, you will not be overly drained.

What Are The Symptoms of Dehydration?

  • Very thirsty
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry eyes with no tears
  • Fatigued or sleepy
  • Decreased in urine frequency
  • Dark, yellowish urine compared to normal output
  • Headache
  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Heart pumping rapidly

Can a Dehumidifier Make You Dehydrated?

You can never get dehydrated with a dehumidifier even if you run it throughout the night. Dehumidifier is a simple appliance designed to only absorb moisture from the air. You can set the ideal humidity level between 30-50 percent and the dehumidifier will not go below that point. Even if you ignore the setting, turn it on at turbo speed and run it for consecutive hours, your body fluid will still retain at a good rate. Most people will feel dehydrated after waking up from a long nap is likely due to lack of water, dry air, climate, food allergies or illnesses.

To put you in a better perspective, people that stay in places like Arizona or Nevada will experience a very low humidity level below 20%. Even then, there is no one suffering from dehydration to death during their sleep. No dehumidifier in the market can cause the humidity level to drop to that level.

There are lots of reasons why a person would consider getting a dehumidifier other than just managing their home humidity level. They might be suffering from allergies like dry skin, sinus, cough, headache or fatigue. Part of it is because the home is infested with mold, mildew spots on ceiling and walls. Speaking of walls, there are more and more cracks, wallpaper peeling, and water stains appearing. The stench of the water and mold can be unbearable particular if a person is sensitive to it. If you have little one at home, you will be more eager to get a dehumidifier knowing that clean air is crucial to their development growth. You and the baby will sleep a lot better with good quality of air. Finally, having a dehumidifier to control the humidity level in your home can help safeguard your home. No longer your belongings have to go through rust, rot dan decay due to excessive moisture.

What is Dehydration?

Dehydration is a condition where your body fluid does not have sufficient water or fluid to function normally. In other words, water intake is less than water outtake. This happens when you are losing out water through sweat from the heat, physical activity, diet, and medication. Sickness that leads to fever, vomiting, diarrhea also accounts for the huge water loss. With the rise in blood sodium levels and deficiency of electrolytes and carbohydrates, if you don't replace the lost fluids, you will get severe dehydration. A clear sign if one is experiencing weaknesses both physically and mentally.

How Much Electricity Does a Dehumidifier Use?

Dehumidifiers are expensive to run. On average, a 70-pint dehumidifier running more than 8 hours per day will cost you $10 a month. If you are planning to run a dehumidifier on a daily basis, make sure to choose the right capacity capable of covering the entire room. If you pick a less capable unit i.e. 30-pints, it will take a longer period of time to dehumidify a larger room. This can significantly drive up electricity costs. Also, do consider the many Energy Star Rated models in the market that are more energy-efficient. Learn more about dehumidifier power consumption here.

What To Set Dehumidifier Humidity In Summer

The ideal humidity range would be 30-60 percent as it is still within healthy, comfortable breathing. The reason for this is because the summer weather is hot and humid. If you set the humidity level too low, the dehumidifier would have to constantly keep up in order to achieve the targeted humidity. That would result in longer running time and a higher electricity bill.

What To Set Dehumidifier Humidity In Winter

Ideally, the humidity level should be set between 30-40 percent for a dehumidifier. This is because the humidity level in winter is typically on the lower end. Running a dehumidifier would actually have a negative outcome as it drains out moisture that is already lacking.

Kingston Kay

Growing up in New Orleans; one of the highest relative humidity in the United States, Kingston Kay knows a thing or two about humidity. Besides reviewing dehumidifiers for living, you will find him gyming in the basement.