How to Select a Dehumidifier

When selecting a dehumidifier it is important to keep in mind that there are many different types, each designed to address specific needs in your home. From the size of the unit to the design, and the pint capacity to the draining method, home, basement, mini, and industrial units are all designed with the features necessary to effectively resolve humidity issues in their respective spaces.

Residential & Home Dehumidifiers

Home dehumidifiers are rated in varying pint capacities, which correlate to the size of the space in which you will be using the dehumidifier. Keep in mind that higher pint capacity units are more efficient in both moisture removal and energy use. Most home dehumidifiers feature a water bucket and an automatic shut-off feature for when the bucket is full. Some units also come with a built-in drain hose connection, giving you the option to continuously drain the unit, when required. If you need to use the dehumidifier in a room where the ambient temperature could drop below 65°F, you will need to purchase a low temp unit to ensure optimal performance.

Crawlspace & Basement Dehumidifiers

Basement and crawl space units are rugged in design and come in higher pint size capacities. They operate in low temperatures and some are equipped with drain pumps for continuous draining and permanent installation. As opposed to gravity drains, condensate pumps allow the water to be moved and drained over longer distances. In addition to basements and crawl spaces, these units are also ideal for use in garages and workspaces.

Mini Dehumidifiers

Mini dehumidifiers are perfect for use in bathrooms, closets, laundry rooms and storage spaces. Because of their small size, you can place these dehumidifiers just about anywhere. If you’ve ever noticed an issue with towels in your bathroom and clothes in your laundry room not drying completely, a mini dehumidifier is a great solution. Smaller spaces in which a musty odor is present can also benefit from a mini dehumidifier.

Commercial & Industrial Dehumidifiers

Industrial dehumidifiers are built to cover very large areas such as warehouses and manufacturing plants. These units are also commonly used in restoration work or during remodeling. Like basement and crawl space units, they are very rugged in appearance and feature gravity drains. Most come with hoses already connected, and the more heavy duty units come with integrated condensate pumps.

Different types of spaces require different types of dehumidifiers and knowing how each type has been built to suit a particular space can help you make an educated purchase.

Kara Zorn

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Kara Zorn is a wife and working mom who loves life hacks that help her schedule allow for as much quality family time as possible. She enjoys cooking with locally sourced food and produce and recently took up brewing Kombucha.

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