The Good And The Bad of Basement Dehumidifiers

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One of the most important things to have in your home is a basement dehumidifier, however it can be the least researched and thought about thing before buying.  There are many factors in to determining the correct size of unit you should buy.  You should consider the size of unit, the power consumption, and make sure you have a place in your basement to put the unit that would include a place to get rid of the moisture it has collected.

Sizing a unit correctly to the space is by far the most important step.  If you get this part incorrect then you will not have a unit that will properly remove the moisture from your space.  This will cause all kinds of problems and frustrations.  To properly size a unit to your space you will need to know the size of the space to be dehumidified, how often the space is used and by how many people, and what the problem is in the space you are trying to solve.  If you can’t figure all this out by yourself then look for a company that offers free help figuring this out for you. There are companies that can figure this out for you or have an engineer help you figure it out for you for free.  Part of this step is also picking the most energy efficient unit that will get the job accomplished properly.

Next make sure you have a space big enough to put the basement dehumidifier you have purchased and that it has a place to either drain the moisture it has collected or exhaust it out to the outside.  You might also consider a humidistat on the unit.  With a humidistat installed you can control the level you want the humidity to stay at.  This way the unit only comes on as needed and is not running needlessly.  Sometimes you can also improve your energy efficiency by installing an exhaust fan in the space.  Depending on your set up this could help remove several pounds of water per hour and can under certain circumstances help reduce the load the basement dehumidifier has to remove.

Another good thing to know when buying a basement dehumidifier is to not buy a standard or commercial grade dehumidifier.  These units only pass the air over one set of coils during the moisture removal process and can only remove the moisture down to 55 – 60 grains per pound (gpp).  A low grain refrigerant dehumidifier would be a much better choice.  These units pass the air over the coils twice which results in the air being dried down to 30 – 32 gpp.

So when buying a basement dehumidifier consider all the factors and don’t just buy the first one you see.  Spending a little time making sure you buy a correctly sized unit can really pay huge dividends in the long run.  Also a few extras may help increase your basement dehumidifiers efficiency for years to come.

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This article was published on Monday 27 August, 2012.

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