Renovating Magazine | January 2016

Dehumidifiers for drying out painting work

During renovations, cold and humid weather can pose delays for bricklayers, plasterers and painters.

These renovation works require warm, dry air and proper ventilation in order to dry efficiently.

To speed up drying indoors, it is often necessary to reduce indoor humidity using warm, dry air and sufficient ventilation.

However attempting to dry a renovated room using hot air from a heater can cause side effects such as surface discolouration and cracked walls; and hot air alone cannot reduce indoor humidity.

Dehumidifiers can minimise the risk of these side effects by removing moisture from the air and reducing the indoor humidity levels regardless of the temperature outside.

Warm, dried air is then released back into the room for ventilation, which helps to speed up the process of water evaporation from damp walls or floors.

One of the most efficient types of dehumidifiers are desiccant dehumidifiers, often preferred by Tradies for their ability to perform at both low and high temperatures; able to dry to humidity levels as low as 35%RH/

Desiccant dehumidifiers like the Ionmax ION612 and ION632 are also low maintenance. The Zeolite used as the desiccant in these units can regenerate itself, ensuring ongoing use with no need for replacements or maintenance.

Capable of removing up to 10L of moisture a day, dehumidifiers like the Ionmax ION632 are ideal for drying out rooms after a water leak, and for speeding up drying in rooms that use water-based paints.

The Ionmax ION612 and ION632 dehumidifiers have been consistently recommended by CHOICE Consumer Magazine in their dehumidifier review. Rated highly for their high water removal efficiency and ease of use, the ION632 has been the Overall Best Performer for three years running, whereas the ION612 has been in the Top 3 Recommended Dehumidifiers since 2014.

For information and help on choosing a dehumidifier, contact Andatech on 1300 800 200 or 03 8899 6900, or visit


Published in Renovating Magazine | January 2016