Archive for January, 2011

Buying a Basement Dehumidifier

Dealing with dampness can be accomplished with an effective ally in the fight to stay dry – a basement dehumidifier.

However, no one wants to throw money away on appliances that fail to do the job, so knowing how to identify the appropriate basement dehumidifier to suit personal needs is an important step toward making the right investment.

Basement Dampness is a Common Problem

Almost every homeowner with a basement typically encounters at least minor moisture problems. After all, the room is underground and surrounded by natural elements. A little moisture may seep in and, over time, cause a good deal of damage to a number of different items stored or just present in the room.

Moisture is the number one element that promotes the growth of mold. Eliminating moisture is the job for a good basement dehumidifier. So, what needs to be known before purchasing one?

Determine the Size

You need to determine the right sized basement dehumidifier because getting one too small will not do the job while acquiring one far too big is just a waste of money. The best method is to determine the actual square footage of the basement.

If the basement construction plan has walled-off separate rooms, each individual area should have its own basement dehumidifier.

Measure the square footage through multiplying the room length by width to arrive at the correct number. Use this square footage total when shopping for the most appropriate basement dehumidifier to fit size needs.

Check out the Appliance

Before purchasing a basement dehumidifier, check the box it comes in to make sure it will handle the needed square footage. Always select a unit that has a little more coverage capability than what is actually needed.

If the basement dehumidifier is bigger, it will not have to work as hard as a unit nit suited for the size area. Features to look for include a de-icer or defroster. This allows the machine to work during extended time periods in summer months because it will be capable for removing moisture from the air without mechanically freezing up.

Your Basement Dehumidifier Needs A Drain Hose Attachment

A drain hose has to be bought separately but the investment is a good one. Therefore, make sure the basement dehumidifier has a drain hose attachment built in.

This will allow all water collected to drain from the machine while it remains in operation, Units without this feature have an automatic shut-off that initiates when the collection bucket is full.

The dehumidifier will turn off until the bucket is emptied. Typically, a light on the outside goes on indicating a full collection bucket.

This can be an annoying task, especially in summer months, when the bucket fills quickly needing to be frequently emptied. With a drain hose feature the basement dehumidifier will continue working without the need for attention.

A permanently installed basement dehumidifier may be the solution. It can be placed in an unobtrusive spot where ductwork can be installed throughout different rooms in the basement to dehumidify all areas.

A basement dehumidifier will suit the needs of every damp area regardless the size.