Keeping basements dry is a necessary part of home maintenance. It is even more important when you have a finished basement. Apart from waterproofing membranes and sump pumps, you’ll need to invest in a basement dehumidifier to keep your basement dry, comfortable and fresh.
Basements are designed to be partly or completely underground. This means that the air that circulates in a basement has a higher level of moisture than other parts of the home. Even after installing other measures for waterproofing, the air in the basement will still have a high level of moisture. Basement dehumidifiers are therefore necessary if you want to ensure that your underground living space is a healthy and comfortable space.
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There are several basement dehumidifiers in the market. It can be difficult to make a choice. While some people will prefer a particular brand, it may not work for you. Taking the following features into consideration will help you make your choice:
Hose drain outlet
This is vital for a finished basement. Dehumidifiers work by removing moisture from air. The moisture condenses and collects in the dehumidifier. This means that the water must be discharged from the dehumidifier.
A hose drain outlet will empty the water out of the dehumidifier to the drain of your choice. This means that the water won’t pour on your finished basement floor. It also means that you won’t have to empty a bucket every now and then. The hose can be set up to empty into a drain and therefore keep your basement dry with little effort on your part.
If the dehumidifier you’re interested in doesn’t have a hose drain, you should consider its capacity. This is the volume of water that it can hold. A large capacity dehumidifier will mean fewer trips to the basement to empty the dehumidifier.
How large is your basement? Can the dehumidifier keep the entire basement dry? There are formulas that professional contractors use to determine the best size of dehumidifier for your space. Invest in a dehumidifier that will help you achieve the right humidity efficiently. This will save you money in energy bills and help to provide a comfortable environment in the basement.
If your basement is finished, you wouldn’t want to have a noisy dehumidifier. This will interfere with the time you spend in the basement. It would be unbearable to stay in the basement every time the dehumidifier came on. Invest in a quiet model that will allow you peace of mind even when it’s on.