5 Things to Consider When Buying a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is a powerful tool that can make your living and working space much healthier. Whether you’re dealing with damp winter weather or sweltering summer humidity, dehumidifiers can keep you comfortable and protect your possessions from mold and mildew.

If you’re thinking about buying a dehumidifier, these five tips can help you choose the best unit for your needs and use it as efficiently as possible.

1. Know Your Space

Home dehumidifiers are rated by their pint capacities, which correlate to the size of the space in which the dehumidifier will be used. Something to keep in mind is that units with a higher pint capacity are more efficient in both moisture removal and energy use, so you shouldn’t shy away from buying a larger unit if you aren’t sure exactly what pint capacity your space requires.

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Also, if you’ll be using the dehumidifier in a basement or large, unfinished space, know that there are units made especially for basements and crawlspaces.

2. Spend Time Shopping and Comparing

A few hours spent on comparison shopping can save you some serious money down the road. Do the research on different brands of dehumidifiers and think about what will work best for your particular needs. Different brands offer different types of models with different features, from size and design, to the capacity and draining method. All the different types are designed with the features necessary to resolve humidity issues in their designated spaces. Familiarizing yourself with the different types and their features will help you make an educated purchase.

3. Watch for Drain Hose Attachments

Many modern dehumidifiers come equipped with drain hose attachments, allowing water to drain away while the dehumidifier does its job. This is especially important if you plan on using your dehumidifier continuously, whether it’s in a basement or a particularly musty room.

Having a drain hose attachment (and an available drain) will eliminate the hassle of needing to empty the water reservoir frequently. But in case a floor drain is not accessible in your space, look for a model that has an automatic shutoff for when the water bucket fills up.

4. Don’t Forget the Defroster

Dehumidifying units are useful in hot weather, but if you will be using your dehumidifier year round, or in a basement or crawlspace, you should look for a unit that says “low temperature operation.” Most dehumidifiers will have an operating temperature range that should be suitable for most basements and colder climates, but low temperature models can operate in an environment as cold as 30°F and still run efficiently without danger of the coils icing over.

5. Think About Placement

The most important tip of all has to do with the placement and installation of your dehumidifier. Once you bring the unit home, you need to choose exactly where it will go. This choice can make a huge difference in comfort and efficiency. Some quick hints on placement can help you make the best choices:

  • A single dehumidifier is generally most efficient when placed in the center of a large room or open area.
  • The usual manufacturer recommendation is that there be at least six inches of clearance on all sides of your dehumidifier.
  • Coverage area for each unit does not take into account walls that separate rooms, so even if the first floor of your home is 2,000 square feet and the coverage area of your dehumidifier is 2,000 square feet, that only refers to open areas and you will need to take into account obstructions to the airflow.
  • Don’t hesitate to get multiple units for multiple rooms or work areas.

By shopping carefully for a dehumidifier and installing it with care, you can get the best results for your living space. Modern dehumidifying technology can make your home or office a comfortable place all year round.

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