Now that you know what type of dehumidifier to get, or at the very least, what to look for, let's talk about how to use it.
Unless, of course, you enjoy pushing buttons at random until the machine does what you want. No judgement here, I did the same thing for a while a few years ago! The joys of being functionally illiterate, right?
Here's a lovely picture with the English translations for your reference, and I've also added a chart below if you want the complete breakdown of each kanji or to copy/paste the words.
It's important to note that some dehumidifiers may have a few other options or some variation of these options, but these should generally get you what you want.
Generally, there will be the regular dehumidify function (除湿), with different settings as to how strong you want it, usually automatic (おまかせ), normal (標準), and quiet/low (弱). You might also see strong (強), but in the picture above the strong setting is under the clothes drying settings (衣類乾燥). As is auto-off (自動停止), which will happen once the clothes are dry (assuming your tank doesn't fill up before then, which you'll know because 満水 will be blinking at you).
You also will usually be able to set an off timer (切タイマー) for a certain number of hours, and most machines have some sort of "swing" and/or "spot" function. This model allows the fan to swing wide (広角), which is all the way up and down, or just back and forth in the up direction (上方向), or back and forth in the down direction (下方向). This is helpful depending on what you might want to dry, such as clothes or shoes.
Words to know
|スイング||-||suingu||swing (the fan swings up and down)|
|広角||こうかく||koukaku||swing wide (up and down)|
|強(い)||つよい||tsuyoi||strong, high (setting)|
|弱||よわい||yowai||low (lit. weak)|
|タンクなし||たんくなし||tanku nashi||no tank (in the machine)|
|点検||てんけん||tenken||machine needs to be checked/serviced|
If you have a dehumidifier at home, do you have some other settings on it different to those mentioned here? Let us know if so.