Basement Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are known to remove moisture from rooms and are considered essential for anyone who suffers with breathing difficulties or health problems. Dehumidifiers will typically come in a variety of types and sizes. These will include models that have a drip pan to collect water and also ones that make use of a connected drainpipe. The drainpipe will route water into the sewer system or somewhere outside your home. You will find that most dehumidifiers will leave a room at a much warmer temperature once the moisture in the air has been removed.

A dehumidifier may be required in many rooms around the house, but may be of most use in your basement if you are considering using it for anything. This may include using your basement as a living space, for storage or as a laundry room. Unfortunately, as a basement is typically below ground level, you will find that this specific space is constantly in contact with moisture from the ground and outside. By installing a dehumidifier in your basement you are able to remove this moisture. This is especially true if your basement does not have a water barrier installed or is only partially finished.

Moisture in your basement is well known for causing mould and mildew and, unfortunately, these forms of fungi can damage anything that is present in your basement. You should also be aware that mould and mildew may actually cause certain health problems. However, by using a decent dehumidifier in your basement you are able to eliminate mould and mildew from forming. As mentioned, dehumidifiers are available in various sizes. For example, if your basement is divided into separate rooms, you may be better off purchasing a large dehumidifier leaving all the doors open. This will enable the dehumidifier to pull moisture from all areas of your basement. However, if you only have a fairly small basement then a smaller unit will suffice. With that said, you should be aware that a smaller unit will be unable to remove a lot of the moisture in the air from a far larger area.

If you are thinking of installing a large dehumidifier you will normally need to connect this to your drainpipe. It is advisable, in this instance, that you hire a professional to install your unit. Whereas, smaller dehumidifiers will usually come with a water collection pan and are far easier to install. You should never run a dehumidifier via an electrical extension cord you should simply use a wall outlet. The majority of dehumidifiers are unable to run in cold temperatures, typically under 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, if your basement is usually cold you will not need to run a dehumidifier. If you choose to run a dehumidifier in cold temperatures you are likely to freeze the coils and this will cause damage to the unit. A basement dehumidifier is best used if the temperature is warm all year round.

A great way to check whether your dehumidifier is working correctly removing moisture is to check the collection pan. If you find that the collection pan is always full, then you know that the dehumidifier is removing a lot of moisture from the air. However, if the pan is mostly empty and you find that the room is damp, you should check to see if the dehumidifier is turned on. If the dehumidifier is turned on and working, but not collecting a lot of moisture this may mean that you need to purchase a larger unit.

In order to work your dehumidifier it is important to close the doors and windows in the specific space within which you wish to operate. This will help with the overall efficiency of the dehumidifier. If the dehumidifier you purchase discharges air from the top, then you can simply place it against a wall. However, if it discharges air any other way you will be best of keeping the unit away from the walls and any furniture for it to reach its maximum potential. It is recommended that you keep a dehumidifier away from sources of dust has this will have an effect on how well the unit operates.

You should always drain or empty water from your dehumidifier on a regular basis. The majority of dehumidifiers will have an automatic shut off feature that is typically activated once the collection pan is full. It is also advisable that you regularly clean the dehumidifier, especially the coils and air filter as this will enable your unit to work far more efficiently. Dehumidifiers are able to work all year round and will help to maintain a low level of moisture in the air. This will, of course, prevent the formation of mould and mildew and will also improve the overall quality of the air in your basement.

This Basement Dehumidifier Review is Written/Updated on Feb 4th, 2011 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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