The quality of the air in your home affects the health of your household. If you have a basement, more than half of the air you’re breathing in your home comes from the basement. It is therefore important to ensure that the air in the basement is free of allergens and other pollutants.
Basements, however, are cold spaces. This causes water from warm air circulating in the space to condense and cause the space to be damp. This in turn creates the perfect environment for the growth of mold, the development or rot and infestation by various other pests.
Basement dehumidifiers can help to keep the space dry. However, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to get optimal performance from your dehumidifier.
Location, Location, Location
The placement of your dehumidifier plays an important role in just how effective the dehumidifier will be in keeping the space dry. The dehumidifier should be placed to ensure that air can flow freely through the coils. You should allow not less than 12 inches between the coils and the wall.
With adequate circulation, the dehumidifier can efficiently keep the basement dry. The Santa Fe Classic dehumidifier comes with additional equipment that allows greater flexibility when it comes to installation.
It takes energy to keep your basement dry and this costs money. It is therefore important to invest in an energy efficient basement dehumidifier. You should invest in an energy star listed dehumidifier that will ensure a dry basement using less energy.
It is also a great idea to invest in a large capacity dehumidifier. Larger basement dehumidifiers will dry the basement faster. This therefore ensures that you will save money when drying your basement.
Temperature of Operation
As mentioned before, basements are cold spaces. Not all dehumidifiers can operate in low temperatures. It is therefore important to ensure that the dehumidifier you purchase is designed to operate in low temperatures. This will prevent air glow issues in low temperatures.
Since air quality is the main issue, it is important to check the filtration capabilities of the dehumidifier. Ensure that you invest in a dehumidifier with superior filtration ability. This will ensure cleaner air in the basement which ensures cleaner air in the rest of the house.
Talk to your basement waterproofing contractor about keeping your basement dry and ensure you invest in the best possible dehumidifier.