Dehumidifier Basement

If you are lucky enough to live in a home with a basement, you might have a subterranean space perfect for a children’s play room, an art studio, or a private movie theater. The downside, though, is that basements are breeding grounds for damp mildew and suspicious odors associated with mold growth, which makes utilizing these spaces difficult. We recommend buying a dehumidifier to clean the air and create a room hospitable for just about any activity.

When choosing an ideal humidifier, keep the following in mind:

Size matters.

Dehumidifiers can cover anywhere from 650 square feet to 2,200

square feet. Make sure to buy a unit that best suits the size of your basement. Oversized units might create a dry atmosphere, and undersized units simply won’t be as efficient.

There are residential and commercial options. Choose wisely.

Industrial-strength dehumidifiers are strong, yes, but they can also be triple the price of some in-home options. If you need a dehumidifier for a commercial space, invest in the best. If you are looking for a solution for a residential basement, though, there are tons of options that can satisfactorily do the job without breaking the bank.

Removal capacity is key.

The efficiency of a dehumidifier is judged based on its ability to remove moisture from the air, which is measured in gallons or pints. A typical removal rate for about 1,000 square feet is 6-8 gallons.

Not all climates are created equal.

Most basements are in climates that can drop to freezing levels, but if you live in an area that gets warm, check out the temperature range when shopping around for your dehumidifier. Some units are better for snowy climates, and will work to draw out moisture in freezing temperatures. If you’re in a region prone to humid summers, select a unit that works in scorching 95° F summers.

Don’t let your dehumidifier work for naught.

If your basement is a construction work-in-progress, hold off on purchasing until your renovation is complete. Dehumidifiers work by pulling in moisture from the surrounding area. If you have unfinished work or a dirt floor, for example, your unit is working an uphill battle. Lay down some concrete, or try a DIY solution like covering your dirt floor with plastic.

The more automation, the better.

Dehumidifiers can’t function entirely without oversight, so automation features are key. Look for a unit that comes with automatic restart (great for areas susceptible to power-outages due to storms), automatic shut-off (so that water doesn’t overflow onto your carpet or hardwood), and automatic defrost (to prevent the build-up of ice in cold climates). If you think you might go a few days without checking in on your dehumidifier, these features will put your mind at ease.

Reduce the manual labor.

Dehumidifiers contain reservoirs used to collect the moisture from the air. Sounds great, except for the fact that the bucket needs to be emptied whenever it fills. If you aren’t interested in carrying buckets of water around your house, invest in a condensate pump. This accessory is a 100 feet flexible tube that allows you to pump water from your dehumidifier through a window, a wall, or a floor. Trying to go green? Shut the sprinklers off and pump this water onto your lawn.