Many basements are susceptible to dampness and moisture. If this is left unchecked, it could facilitate the growth of mold, which can be a serious health hazard. Leaks and consistent moisture can also cause rot and allow insects such as termites to flourish. To combat the problem of moisture in the basement, many homeowners opt to purchase a basement dehumidifier.
There are several types of basement dehumidifiers to choose from. Follow these tips that will help you make an informed decision on the best one to choose for your home and needs.
Large units vs. small units – The size of the basement dehumidifier you choose often depends upon the size of your basement. You also want to consider efficiency. Large units may be more costly, but they will remove moisture more quickly. They also require less energy, because they do not need to run continuously as smaller units typically do. If your basement is rather small, or you only have a moisture problem in one small area of your basement, than a smaller unit might be a better option.
Maintenance – Basement dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, but all that water has to go somewhere. It ends up in the unit, which will need to be emptied from time to time. Larger units can hold more water and don’t need to be emptied as often. But keep in mind that the bucket can end up being heavy. Smaller units obviously need to be emptied more often.
Features – Here are some of the features you might want to look for when choosing a basement dehumidifier:
- An indicator light letting you know when the unit should be emptied
- A drainage feature for easily emptying the water from the unit
- A built-in sensor that detects when the coils in the unit need to be defrosted
- If you live in a colder climate, a dehumidifier that is designed to work more efficiently in colder temperatures
For more information on basement dehumidifiers, where to find them and what models are the most popular and efficient, contact The Crack Doctor at 1-877-709-2809. We’ll be happy to help you choose the right basement dehumidifier for your home.