Dehumidifiers have become an essential appliance in not just offices, and homes but also basements. It not only helps keep you comfortable and feeling fresh but also averts possible damage to ceilings, walls and furniture due to excess of humidity in the air. Research says that high humidity in the air can have more than one ill effect on the general health of a person. Generally associated with musty odors, excessive humidity can cause stains on walls and ceilings and damage home furnishings.
It goes without saying that it is the rooms in the basement of any house that shows signs of humidity the most. But thanks to advancements in technology, now dehumidifiers can easily tackle issues related to excessive humidity..
5 tips to help you choose the best dehumidifier for your basement
- Note down the number of rooms in your basement. Each of the rooms that have a separate enclosed area will need it’s own unit. Measure the sq footage of each room and mark it down on your sheet.
- Shop around in your locality and visit a few shops, and check the different brands they have in the offering. Read the specifications on each unit, and short list a few that fit your requirements.
- Buy a unit that has a defrost feature, for such units are more durable and run longer without freezing up. Also, do not hesitate to buy a bigger size than actually needed. The bigger the better when it comes to dehumidifiers.
- Be sure to buy a unit that has a drain hose attachment, as the hose allows for any water collected in the tray to drain out promptly.
- Buy a unit with auxiliary ducts that allow you to place it in a back room while still dehumidifying the target room.
Frigidaire Energy Star-50-pint Dehumidifier
The Frigidaire FAD504DWD dehumidifier helps protect your home and basement from mold and mildew generally caused by extra moisture. This unit also eliminates bacteria in the air that can cause discomfort in breathing.
The unit has a sophisticated humidity control mechanism that allows for the user to control the exact percentage of humidity in the room, making it one of the best dehumidifiers for basements. You can also commission the unit near a suitable drain and operate it for a number of hours at a go. A full tank alert system and auto off makes this unit all the more reliable.
Users love the touch pad control system that is very self explanatory. No more having to refer to instruction manuals to operate this unit. Many also say that this model is rather quiet when compared to other models they have used.
The Friedrich D50BP is a 50 pint capacity dehumidifier that has a built in drain pump. This built in drain pump can pump up the condensation either horizontally or vertically up to 15 feet. You can also put the dehumidifier into a continuous drain mode through the rear drain outlet.
The unit has a 24 hour timer and an easily removable condensate bucket that has handles to facilitate easy carrying. The unit also displays the humidity level and temperature in the room. This model is one of the best in the market and easily plugs into the standard 115v electrical outlet.
Users love the caster wheels provided on this unit as it makes moving the unit around rather easy and convenient. Many also say that there is virtually no assembly just plug and play that makes things all the more simpler. Most happy users claim that they use all 15 ft to pump out condensation and the dehumidifier is whisper quiet in operation.
DeLonghi Energy Star Dehumidifier
The DeLonghi DD50P as the name suggests is a 50 pint humidifier that has a patented pump. The condensation being collected is easily visible through a see through compartment that holds up all the excess moisture!
The unit has a 7 liter tank and an alarm system that goes off, just when the water collected reaches the brim. This unit is rather versatile and allows you to choose between 3 modes to drain out the water collected.
You can pump out the water vertically 16 ft upwards and out, or passively through a 3 ft hose or even manually by just emptying the tank. It features an LCD electronic climate control which is easy to read and decipher.
User love the high blower motor and the compressor that is quiet when in operation. The blower can be set at low or high and is efficient enough to remove the excess moisture from the basement in a few hours. The holding tank has a handle that neatly folds down when placed inside the unit.
Whynter Portable Dehumidifier
This Whynter RPD-651W energy star rated dehumidifier has a capacity of 65 pints/30.8 liters. It has a 10 liter removable bucket that stores excess moisture, ready to be drained.
In the event of power failure, this unit goes into an auto restart mode as soon as the power is restored. This dehumidifier also has an auto shut off feature that averts accidental spills if you forget to drain the unit.
Users love the auto defrosting capability that ensures there is no frost build up inside the unit that can reduce it’s life. This dehumidifier works like and works like a champ and is voted as one of the best dehumidifiers for basements.
Danby 60 Pint-Dehumidifier
The Premiere Danby DDR6009REE dehumidifier lives up to it’s name. It is whisper quiet and has a direct drain operation that allows for continuous use. It has an easy to read digital display and electronic co
A handy remote makes it easier to operate this efficient dehumidifier that has auto de icer that prevents build up of ice on the coils, thus making it very durable.
Users love the auto restart feature of this system, as they do not have to worry about turning on the system when power is restored after a power cut. It also works at rather low temperatures which is an added bonus.