Video: How to Choose a Dehumidifier

Follow this simple guide and pick up a dehumidifier that’s right for your space.
 

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Dehumidifiers remove humidity from the air, reducing the potential for dust mites, mildew, and more. Wondering which one's right for you? Don't worry, you got this. First, think about the size of your space and the capacity you'll need. Dehumidifiers are rated by the number of pints of moisture they can remove in 24 hours. A small unit works great for a smaller room with lower level humidity. Larger models are best for basements and high humidity environments, especially if wet carpet, wallpaper, or musty smells are present. Next, think about placement. Units typically take up a square foot of floor space. Keep the filter clean and vents clear, with at least 12 inches of circulation space. Also consider noise level if you plan to run the unit in common areas. Finally, consider the built-in features. If you plan to be away frequently, choose a model with a timer and an auto restart in case of power failure. If you plan on moving the unit around, choose rolling casters. Dehumidifiers with an Energy Star rating use nearly 30% less energy than non-certified units. They may cost more initially, but make up for it in energy savings over time. Most models have an indicator showing when the bucket is full. To avoid emptying the tank manually, choose a model with an external hose connector. Some models advance this idea with an added internal pump that automatically pumps water upward up to 16 feet out a window or into a utility sink or drain. With capacity placement and features in mind, you'll be breathing easy in no time. Don't worry, you got this.
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