How to choose a basement dehumidifier

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How to choose a basement dehumidifier
Your basement will be more inhabitable with a dehumidifier. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

A dehumidifier is a home appliance that would likely be very useful to have in your basement. This is because basements are known for accumulating large amounts of moisture that can lead to problems like mould or a musty smell. The basic function of a dehumidifier is to remove that moisture and balance out the air quality in your home's basement. There a few key things you should be looking for when you choose a basement dehumidifier to make sure you get exactly what you need.

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    Look for either a large- or medium-capacity dehumidifier. Small-capacity models are not likely to be able to handle the moisture content of a basement. Large-capacity models can hold up to 75 pints of moisture at a time, while medium-capacity ones can hold 45 to 60 pints. Basically, if your basement actually can get wet, such as puddles on the carpet, choose a large-capacity dehumidifier. If there is just general dampness, a medium-capacity dehumidifier should work fine.

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    Check the noise level if you use your basement as a living area. The noise level for dehumidifiers is measured in decibels. Expect the level to be between 55 and 67 decibels. The lower the number, the quieter the dehumidifier.

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    Find out if the dehumidifiers you're choosing among have hose connections. A hose connection can be a convenient feature if you have a drain in your basement that you can run the hose to. It basically makes emptying the basement dehumidifier unnecessary since all of the moisture will run right into the drain.

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    Consider how you will get the dehumidifier into your basement and move it around to different areas as needed. If you don't have someone to help you, you'll need to consider the weight since you will need to carrying the dehumidifier down the basement stairs. Also, models that have wheels will be easier to move around the basement as moisture accumulates in different areas.

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