5 Tips for Getting the Most From a Basement Dehumidifier
Basements tend to be cold rooms, which leads to water condensation. A basement dehumidifier can keep your basement dry. Since water and moisture can cause damage to items stored in your basement with the growth of mildew and mold, keeping your basement dry is very important. If you plan to use a basement dehumidifier, there are a few things you should keep in mind for optimal performance.
1. Carefully Place Your Basement Dehumidifier
The more moisture that forms in a room, the harder your basement dehumidifier will have to work. It operates best in enclosed spaces. Ensure that all outside openings, such as doors and windows, are closed.
Air needs to flow freely through the coils in the the basement dehumidifier, so allow at least 12-inches of space around these areas. If you have a basement dehumidifier with a top-mounted air discharge, you can place it against a wall. Know the product specification for your model when deciding where to place the system.
Unless there is adequate circulation, a single basement dehumidifier will be unable to dry storage areas that are adjacent to your basement. If you have any basement closets or additional rooms, multiple basement dehumidifiers may be necessary. However, keeping doors open can improve moisture reduction in those spaces.
2. Energy Concerns
A basement dehumidifier operates using 110/120-volt 60-cycle AC, so your household outlets will be plenty to turn power it. Since large basement dehumidifiers dry your basement faster than smaller versions, using a larger dehumidifier will save money on your electric bill.
3. Drainage System
As your basement dehumidifier dries your basement, the water needs to go somewhere. While dehumidifiers can hold anywhere up to 135-pints of water, it can become a problem quickly if you do not tend to it regularly. If your basement dehumidifier fills, it will be unable to function correctly. Check it and empty it frequently.
Alternatively, the basement dehumidifier can empty the water into a sink or drain. If you use this approach, ensure that your hose is out of the way to avoid a tripping hazard.
Not all basement dehumidifiers can operate in all temperatures. Ensure that when you purchase a dehumidifier for your basement, it can operate in the sort of temperatures that your basement will experience.
If the coils of your basement dehumidifier frost over, it will not function properly. If that happens, you can turn-off your dehumidifier and allow it to defrost. Some basement dehumidifiers come with anti-frost sensors which defrost automatically.
Dust and debris accumulate in the coils. Clean the coils regularly for optimal performance.
If you are concerned about water damage in your basement or the health of your family, especially those with allergies, a basement dehumidifier can be very helpful.