What Are Car Dehumidifiers and Why Should You Use Them?

What Are Car Dehumidifiers and Why Should You Use Them?

Updated on April 23 2024

What Causes Moisture and Humidity in Your Car?

Cars here in the Philippines are regularly subjected to weather that can swing from heavy rain showers to very high humidity. Couple that with passengers coming into your car drenched by the rains, or in perspiration, and you’re going to have a very serious problem, starting with mildew and mold growth, to really bad cabin air quality that can directly affect your health.

Reducing or getting rid of that humid air and dampness from inside your car is important. One way you can do that is by using car dehumidifiers. It’s not only good car care practice, it’s a great way to make sure your car’s interior air is clean.

What Are the Benefits of Using a Car Dehumidifier?

The key benefit of using a car dehumidifier is ensuring your car’s interior air is clean and free from airborne mold and bacteria. It will help regulate the amount of moisture or humidity, and discourage the growth of mildew, mold, or bacteria. And in these times, you don’t want to compromise your health by breathing in dirty cabin air.

Choosing the Right Car Dehumidifier

There are two main types of car dehumidifiers: electric and non-electric. For the purposes of this article, Automart.Ph will be focusing on the latter, as it is a lot more available locally. However,  you can buy electric car dehumidifiers online.

Of the non-electric car dehumidifiers, there are two types:

  • Reusable Car Dehumidifiers

  • Disposable Car Dehumidifiers

Where Should I Put My Dehumidifier in My Car?

Using a car dehumidifier for the first time? Rule of thumb: set your car dehumidifier up where it gets maximum airflow (and maximum odor absorption). For that, there are three areas where you can put your car dehumidifier:

  • Dashboard

  • Rear Windshield Shelf

  • Trunk (or, for MPVs and SUVs, the back storage area)

Depending on the size of your vehicle and whether you have a trunk or an interior cargo space, you may need more than one car dehumidifier. For hatchbacks, Automart.Ph recommends one disposable car dehumidifier only (or add a moisture absorber up in the front on the dash). The same goes for pickup trucks.

For sedans, it would be wise to use one for the cabin, preferably on the rear windshield (and one pillow-type moisture absorber on the dash), and another for the trunk. For AUVs, MPVs, and SUVs, you have the option of going with one moisture absorber on the dash and two in the cargo area. The important thing is that you reduce the excess moisture and dampness that is in your car’s interior space, keeping the air clean and odor-free, and your family safe and healthy.

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