Before you buy a dehumidifier, you want to make sure you’ll find one that meets your needs. Consider your room size and how many rooms in your house will need a dehumidifier, then look for models with these specific features.
The collection capacity of a dehumidifier refers to how much moisture it can remove from the air in 24 hours, also called pints per day.
Portable dehumidifiers will understandably have a smaller capacity, but Energy Star models are still very efficient. You’ll need to empty the bucket of water more often, but it’s not a hassle.
The size or capacity of a dehumidifier you need depends on the size of the room and how much moisture is in the room. It’s calculated based on the overall condition of your house and the square feet. This dehumidifier size calculator can assist you.
All dehumidifiers have water tanks that collect the moisture they remove from the air. But there are different methods to get the pints of water out of the machine. Most commonly, it’s just a bucket that you remove, dump out, then put back into place.
Some machines come with a drain hose that allows water to easily flow into a floor drain. If you have a dehumidifier that needs to pump the water upward to remove it, you’ll have to get a pump attachment.
Whole-house dehumidifiers have a water line that connects to your sump pump to drain automatically, so you don’t have to do the work yourself. This is a major benefit, so you don’t have to worry about moisture build-up.
Not all dehumidifiers have air filter options, but it’s worth finding the right one. Air filters will clean the air that the dehumidifier pulls in. Depending on your machine, it might filter the air as it comes in or after it removes the moisture before releasing the air back into the room.
Keep in mind that buying a dehumidifier with an air filter will cost more over time unless you buy a washable filter. You’ll have to buy replacement filters when one is dirty. It also takes a little more effort to change even a washable filter periodically.
Dehumidifiers can be noisier than other machines you use in your home because they’re doing a lot of work. They aren’t necessarily loud and disruptive, but if you can find one that boasts about being quiet, that’s one worth buying.
This feature is a nice one to have for safety’s sake. When the water tank is full, the machine will shut off. This prevents your appliance from continually running and possibly overflowing. Some machines also turn off if the current humidity level in the room is ideal and there’s no need to remove extra moisture.
Portable dehumidifiers are small and work well in average-sized rooms. If you want one machine to work in a larger space, you’ll want to size up. A dehumidifier that’s too small won’t be able to remove the level of moisture from the air to make enough of a difference. Buying too small an appliance means you’ll still have humidity and potential mold growth.
Dehumidifiers are an efficient way to eliminate mold while creating a balanced humidity level. Energy Star models offer a major benefit in terms of air quality. They also help with air conditioning conservation and energy consumption. Take advantage of every benefit of dehumidifiers by investing in one to improve your home life.