Is Your Basement Dehumidifier Suited for Your Home?

In many homes, a basement dehumidifier is an important asset to maintain the structural integrity of the house, protect important contents installed there, and sustain a healthy indoor environment.

Basements are ground zero for high humidity. Poor air circulation at this lowest level in the house also causes humidity to accumulate rather than disperse — and frequently infiltrate up into living spaces. Chronic basement humidity can degrade exposed wooden structures, spawn toxic mold contamination, and shorten the service life of washing machines, water heaters, furnaces, ductwork, and other devices installed there. The moist basement environment also supports termites, roaches, and other vermin.

Capacity

“Capacity” of a dehumidifier refers to the volume of water — measured in pints — it can extract from the air under controlled laboratory conditions. Units are categorized as small, medium, or large.

  • Small capacity: 15 to 30 pints per day.
  • Medium capacity: 30 to 45 pints per day.
  • Large capacity: up to 75 pints per day or more.

Because a basement encompasses more square footage than any single room upstairs — and typically accumulates higher levels of humidity — most sources recommend utilizing only large-capacity units for basement applications.

Drainage

All units incorporate a collection tank to retain water extracted from the air. Very humid conditions may necessitate manually emptying the tank once a day and perhaps more, which is a potential inconvenience for a unit installed down in the basement. However, many large-capacity dehumidifiers also provide the option of a hose that automatically drains extracted water. Extended to a nearby floor drain or sump pump basin in the basement, this hose eliminates the daily chore of emptying the tank.

Controls and Auto-Restart

  • Full-featured basement dehumidifiers include digital controls that allow you to set the precise desired humidity level in the basement. The unit will automatically measure humidity and cycle the dehumidifier on and off as needed to maintain the desired setting.
  • An auto-restart feature can retain humidity settings and power the unit back on automatically in the event of a power failure.

Since 1922, we’ve been providing effective solutions to household air-quality issues.  Contact Paitson Bros. for more information.

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