How to Pick the Right Size Dehumidifier for your Basement?
In many parts of the United States, Winter is actually the rainy season. This almost always means an increase in the humidity, especially when the heater is turned on to keep the place warm. Often homeowners don’t heat their basement, but the presence of the furnace in the basement allows enough heat to build up and cause mold to grow. Enter the dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air. We will help you choose the best dehumidifier for your basement.
First, measure to get the square footage of your basement. Measure the length of the room, then measure the width. Multiply these two numbers together to get the square footage. If your basement is 50 feet by 20 feet, the total square footage would be 50×20=1000 square feet.
Next, determine what level of humidity is required for removal. This is usually measured in pints. Consider whether or not you need to be able to move the dehumidifier – some are heavier than others and some are on casters for a portable home dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers need to be emptied either with a built-in pump or you will have to empty a collection bowl, which is another consideration.
Almost all of the models on the market today are energy efficient, so that is usually not too much of a concern.
Now that you have a few ideas of what to look for, compare models online. Here are the technical specs for a few examples:
This unit is ideal for basement because it is designed for a basement (where temperatures are always cooler). This particular model can maintain handle an area up to 1400 square feet. This model is portable with four casters and has available an accessory pump.
A smaller room dehumidifer than can work in the basement, it covers up to 1000 square feet and can handle 50 pints in a 24 hour period. This one covers 1000 square feet also, but comes with a built in pump.
Now here is a real workhorse of a basement dehumidifier. Covers up to 2500 sq. ft., a whopping 106 pint removal in 24 hours, works in temperatures from 53F to 105F and comes with an optional pump. Wow. These can even be used in industrial applications.
Basically, choosing the right size dehumidifier for your basement is as simple as taking a couple of measurements and checking out the availability of models that suit your needs.