A dehumidifier mode or Dry Mode works towards reducing the humidity level in the air. One can think of a dehumidifier as a vacuum cleaner, as it absorbs the air present in the room, eliminates all the moisture from it and then releases the air back. The moisture absorbed is collected in a tank that has to be emptied after a regular interval of time. The process removes the stale odour present in the area and leaves no room for any allergic reaction.

Note that dehumidification is one of the many but not the primary function of an air conditioner. But, before we get deep into knowing what the term ‘dehumidification’ means, let’s understand how an AC actually works. Air conditioners pull the air from inside your home with the help of a return duct. This air is then cooled and circulated back throughout the home.

The prime function of a dehumidifier is to eliminate moisture from the air by absorbing it into a specially designed system. The moisture collected is then driven out into an attached outlet, usually a drainage system.

This whole discussion comes to one core question, do you really need an AC with a dehumidifier in the first place? Well, it depends on where you live. In case, you reside in a location with an unfavourable humid climate (like Mumbai), an AC with a dehumidifier is a must.

Usually, when a room has a smaller area, the AC kicks off, cools the home quickly and then shuts off. As a result, the dehumidification process is not carried out efficiently. Eliminating the moisture from the room takes around 20 to 30 minutes. Therefore, do ensure that your AC unit is constantly pulling out the moisture from the air.

Numerous air conditioners, these days, come with a built-in dehumidifier. However, not all of these ACs are capable of functioning the way they claim. A number of Kenstar air conditioners come with a highly efficient dehumidification mode, capable of removing the excess humidity from the air.