Frigidaire 70 Pint
Design - 89%
Features - 93%
Energy Efficiency - 95%
Safety - 95%
Ease of Use - 90%
Although renowned for manufacturing a wide array of appliances and electronics, Frigidaire also makes some of the best dehumidifiers on the market. This review will focus on the Frigidaire 70 Pint, which is neither a small nor an industrial-class product. However, as we will see in what follows, it is performing enough to cover very large areas and deal with serious humidity issues. It is energy efficient and has features that will turn your home into a comfortable and relaxing space once again. It is precise and resilient and will be able to cater to specific needs thanks to its accurate and diverse controls.
Like most units of its type, the FAD704DWD doesn’t have a very appealing design, but it is quite sleek and with a modern appearance. Its casing is made from white, very resistant plastic; it has an upright position, so it won’t occupy too much space. It is the kind of dehumidifier you keep on the floor, but it can also be placed on higher levels if you ensure there is nothing to tip it over or disturb its function. However, placement matters less because it is efficient from any corner of the room. The front features a grill, behind which the fan absorbs the humid air; underneath it, is an easy-access container that can be simply pulled out and emptied. The control panel is located on top and it features electronic controls and a LED display. The housing measures approximately 24 inches in height, about 16 inches in width, and some 11 inches in depth. It weighs 46 pounds when empty and it is free standing; it can be easily moved around thanks to its four caster wheels that allow you to twist and turn it in any direction. The top center controls feature electronic buttons that allow you to select between the two fan speeds, High and Low, depending on how humid the room is, or how fast you want it brought to normal levels of humidity. Another control allows you to turn the filter on and off, depending on whether you are interested in purifying the air as well; in rooms that people habit, this feature is more useful than in other less visited areas.
As suggested in its name, it can absorb a capacity of maximum 70 pints of moisture per day; however, its front pull container has a capacity of 16.3 pints, so if you’re using it in a very humid environment, you will have to empty it several times per day. There is little risk of overflowing, however, because as the container approaches its maximum capacity, an indicator light turns on reminding you to empty the container. Thanks to this rather large capacity, it can be used for the home, but for larger spaces as well, such as office spaces, conference rooms, workshops, basements, garages and so on. Moreover, you can even leave it unsupervised for days on end, because its next useful feature is the compatibility with continuous drain operation; it comes with a special hose, which you can attach to a drain pipe, or which you can simply place above a floor drain, thus functioning on gravitational flow.
There is also a special indicator light that advises you when it’s time to clean this lifetime washable filter which traps bacteria, allergens, unpleasant odors or other airborne particles that may affect the health. As mentioned above, there is also an indicator light for the container. A special timer allows you to program it to start functioning at certain hours.
The product performs perfectly in large spaces, as well as smaller rooms. It can be left unsupervised thanks to its continuous drain operation, but it also has two special features that eliminate the risk of overflow in case you use the container for moisture collection. First of all, it has an automatic shut-off function when the container is full to the limit, and secondly, a full tank alert system when the container is almost full, reminding you to empty it. However, you should be careful about avoiding to let it reach that point, because the front pull bucket, easy as it may be to pull out, will probably spill some water if not handled carefully.
The unit also features handles on the sides and on top to allow for even easier transportation, so you don’t have to simply push it around. It is important to mention that the accurate humidistat allows you to select the levels of humidity you want with precision; this ranges between 35% and 85% humidity; as such, it can be used for specific tasks when you need a specific level of humidity, such as helping a new house dry and settle or maintaining your green winter garden in optimal conditions. Moreover, it functions at lower temperatures as well, the minimum being 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are looking for an Energy Star rated product, then this one should definitely be on your list. Not only does it feature technology that allows it to offer a maximum performance for a minimum of consumption, but it also features other options that allow you to reduce consumption as needed. For instance, the fact that you can program it to a timer eliminates the need of leaving it on for too long a time; moreover, it shuts itself off when reaching maximum capacity, or the level of humidity selected by you.
The dehumidifier costs around $300 dollars with approximation; the price will differ depending on the country you’re purchasing it in, depending on whether you buy it from a retailer or directly from the manufacturer, and other factors may also come into play. Because it is not specifically designed to function for the home, you may find its fan too noisy for bedroom use; it produces a capacity of 53 decibels, so you cannot rest with it in the same room. However, it comes with 1-year full warranty and 5-year warranty on the sealed system. It protects your health and your home, and can even become a useful tool in various chores, offering a customized performance for every particular use.
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