We’ve all experienced being in a car with fogged up windows, (yes, we said “foggy windows” not “steamy windows” for all you dirty minds!), and it’s pretty frustrating trying to keep the windows clear while you set off on a drive. Car window heaters are great for rapidly clearing windows, but we often get left with a wet, almost drippy film on the inside of the window which means you’re endlessly wiping just to see straight. Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you the Car Dehumidifier!
What are Car Dehumidifiers and what are they used for?
Car Dehumidifiers are used to prevent the build up of condensation on the interior windows of cars eliminating the chance of mould and moisture damage. The great thing about car dehumidifiers is the fact that you don’t need to have them plugged in or charged up. They’re used to combat condensation on interior windows, to soak up the damp smells from cars, and prevent a build of up mould. All these things can be avoided with a car dehumidifier. During the wet season, having a dehumidifier is a really cheap way of avoiding these simple frustrations that we experience as drivers every wintry day.
How does condensation build up?
Condensation builds when there is a temperature and moisture imbalance between the inside and outside of the car. When your car is sitting out in the cold, it leads to the air being trapped in a closed environment, and this is what leads to the damp smell in the car. The moisture in the car comes in contact with the cold air which is on your windscreen and this is what forms into beads of water. Condensation can occur from a multitude of things. If you have any wet items like an umbrella or a jacket left inside your car, this can cause condensation to form - even breathing in the car can lead to heavy condensation!
A simple fix for this issue is to get a dehumidifier. They’re cheap and they completely solve this problem. Once you place a dehumidifier in your car overnight on a cold evening, for example, the Pingi car dehumidifier, you’ll return to a completely moisture, damp and condensation free car the next morning and you can get on your way much faster.
If you don’t have a dehumidifier then here are some steps to take which can help to get rid of condensation.
Clean the windows of the car both on the inside and the outside. Using a good window cleaner will help to get rid of the dirt, which helps to store moisture.
Ventilate the cabin. Leaving the windows open helps to reduce the build up of moisture as fresh air is able to ventilate the interior of the car. This allows the car to air itself out.
Turning the air condition on and aiming it towards the windows will help to get rid of a lot of the moisture build up in the car. Begin with the temperature on cold then gradually build it up to a warming setting, allowing the windows to dry.
So What is the Solution?
In short, the answer is silica gel. Never heard of it? Well, you’ve definitely come across it whether it's been in a box of shoes or tubs of protein powder, silica gel is used globally to prevent moisture damage of goods. We are currently stocking a range of products that are suitable for use in your car and also your homes. Some of these products are using these silica beads as a means of gathering up moisture in the air.
BEST SELLER! This product is one of the cheapest on the market giving incredible results. Not only is it brilliant at what it does, but it also can be reused meaning you don’t need to constantly buy new ones. This product can be used in your car, home, motorhome, tent, or even your caravan. It works by extracting any moisture in the air and absorbing it in the silica gel beads. Once the Pingi Dehumidifier has absorbed all the moisture is capable of, all you have to do is simply put it in the microwave for 6 minutes and allow it to regenerate itself. All the moisture evaporates turning the indicator back from pink to blue. This is a non-toxic product so its safe around children and pets alike. It doesn’t leak and it really is a cool little accessory. You can drive off, completely clear from condensation when you have a Pingi Dehumidifier. These are currently being sold on our online store for €9.99, so if you want to get rid of condensation and odours, you now know what product to buy!
Draper 56135 Mobile Dehumidifier
If you are looking for something a bit more substantial for your mobile home or even for your house if it suffers from bad condensation build up, Draper has just the product you are looking for. The Draper Mobile Dehumidifier can store up to 10 litres of water at a time. This plugin dehumidifier is the ideal for around the house, in your mobile home or in an RV also. With its removable bucket, it can be used repeatedly to prevent any condensation build up. Soaking up any moisture in the air, your home is sure to be mould free, no matter the level of dampness that was present prior to purchasing this product.
If you are still having an issue with moisture build up in your car, then you might want to have a look at a few of the following to see why the problem is occurring all the time.
If you have seat covers remove them!. Some of the cheaper brands advertise a high level of breathability, however, this is far from the truth, and could be the reason your car is holding onto moisture.
Check for any leaks within the car. This could be leading to damp patches in the car, which could be the reason behind the moisture in the car.
Buying rubber mats instead of carpet like mats can lead for less moisture build up due to the rubber retaining the water on its surface instead of soaking it in like the carpet mats.
Other products worth noting:
If you have an older car the air condition or blower may not be up to scratch. If this is the case for you then buying a plug-in defroster may be something you should consider. These are great for clearing any frozen windscreen or a windscreen which has condensation build up as well. Simply plug it into your cigarette lighter and let the heater get to work. Just make sure the car is running (Do not leave the car running without you being in it, we've been through this already!!) The heater should have the windscreen cleared within minutes. At only €19.99 its a great product for an older car that needs a helping hand to clear the windscreen efficiently.
Chamois Demister Pad
The cheapest alternative to the Pingi Dehumidifier is a regular demister pad. These pads are used to clear the condensation on the inside of the windscreen. While cheap they still leave some water after they have cleaned up the condensation. These are more useful if you are in a rush and need to clear the windscreen as soon as possible. These pads can be purchased here for €3.99, so it may be worth having in your glove box just in case
This Rain X product is more geared towards the exterior of your windscreen rather than the interior. When treated the windscreen becomes a slippery slope for beads of rain. This is a great treatment product that will help keep your windscreen clear meaning a higher level of visibility in wet conditions. A combination of all these products can be the perfect formula to getting rid of condensation along with any build up that occurs on your windscreen. The Rain X Anti-fog solution is available to buy from MicksGarage.com for €6.99 so it’s a no brainer really.
There is no excuse to have condensation running down your windscreen anymore. There are plenty of products for you to chose from which are going to make your car or mobile home a more comfortable place to be thanks to a few simple and cheap products. If you have any doubts about the products we have mentioned or you are looking for any car parts in general simply send us an email at email@example.com and our team will help you to get Car parts for less.
Until next time,
MicksGarage.com the Car Parts Experts.