Dehumidifiers For Basements

Dehumidifier for basements

Basements are known to be hot and humid. The humidity alone can be and often is the cause of mold infestations, and if left unchecked, spores can travel from the basement to other parts of your home, which is how mold spreads. Controlling the humidity levels in this crucial part of your home will go a long way in safeguarding the rest of your house and your overall health. Although there are natural ways to lower indoor humidity, here we will focus on the best basement dehumidifiers.

Topics Covered

  • How to choose a basement dehumidifier
  • Where to place a dehumidifier in the basement
  • The best basement dehumidifier systems
    • Dri-Eaz PHD 200
    • AlorAir Sentinel HD55
    • OSOT Energy Star Dehumidifier

How to choose a basement dehumidifier

Energy efficiency: Since a basement dehumidifier will be running most, if not all of the time, you will definitely want to get something that is as energy-efficient as possible.

Coverage area: Consider the size of your basement before purchasing a dehumidifier. For example, there is no point in having a system that covers 700 square feet in a 1,500 square foot area.

Drainage: Basements are generally very moist, so it’s more than likely that your dehumidifier will be extracting many gallons of water per day. The last thing you want is to go down there multiple times each day to manually empty heavy bucket loads of water. Instead, make sure that your system comes with a hose that can connect to a drainage system.

Wall-mounted vs. freestanding: If your basement is relatively cluttered and you don’t have much floor space to spare, then you might want to consider getting a suspension kit or a wall-mounted system.

Where to place a dehumidifier in the basement

There are a few things to take into account to get the maximum efficiency from your dehumidifier, which we will discuss below.

Drainage: As mentioned, it’s best to hook the system up to a drainage system. Therefore, make sure you place it close enough to the drain for the hose to reach.

Spacing: The coils in your dehumidifier need sufficient airflow so prevent anything from blocking it. Place it at least 20 inches away from any other objects as to not cause any such obstructions. If your basement is relatively small and cluttered, you may want to consider a wall-mounted dehumidifier system.

Dust: Many of us occasionally use the basement as a workshop. If any of the work you do creates dust or particles, you may want to place your system some distance away. Sure, the ideal basement dehumidifier will have a filter, but why clog it up prematurely?

The best basement dehumidifier systems

Dri-Eaz PHD 200 commercial dehumidifier with pump

Dri-Eaz PHD 200 commercial dehumidifier with pump

The Dri-Eaz PHD 200 commercial dehumidifier system is a favorite among many professional water damage restorators for its durability and high-performance.

The system, although compact and lightweight, is of commercial grade and can effortlessly dehumidify a basement area of up to 2,000 square feet.

Simply connect the system to a drain hose and set your desired humidity level and the Dri Eaz PHD 200 will do the rest. The system, although low on energy consumption, can remove an impressive 16 gallons of water per day.

This ideal basement dehumidifier has dimensions of 12.5 x 12.5 x 17.63 inches, which makes it small enough to put somewhere in a corner. But for best results, use the optional suspension kit, which is unfortunately sold separately.

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AlorAir Sentinel HD55 basement & crawl space dehumidifier

AlorAir Sentinel HD55 basement & crawl space dehumidifier

The Sentinel HD55 basement and crawl space dehumidifier can effortlessly dehumidify spaces of up to 1,300 square feet while being super silent.

It has a range of other impressive features too such an epoxy coating on its coils, which protects them from corrosion, a G3 filter that removes odors and automatic drainage.

If you live in a cold environment, you’ll be glad to know that it has a fully automated defrosting system that prevents its internal components from freezing. Also, it’s energy-efficient enough to run continuously.

The Sentinel HD55 comes with a 5-year warranty, weighs a mere 57 pounds and has dimensions of 19.2 x 12.2 x 13.3 inches.

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TOSOT energy star dehumidifier

TOSOT energy star dehumidifier

The free-standing TOSOT energy star dehumidifier is ideally suited for 1,500 square feet areas. It effortlessly removes up to 4 gallons from your basement daily while being whisper quiet and extremely energy-efficient.

The drain hose allows for automatic drainage, and the system has a nifty power outage restart, which enables it to continue as it was before the power went out.

It has a washable air filter that needs cleaning after every 250 hours of it running. Cleaning it is easy, and there is no need to wonder when it’s time because the filter light on the LCD screen will automatically notify you.

The TOSOT energy star basement dehumidifier weighs just over 33 pounds and has dimensions of 15 x 11.7 x 20.7 inches.

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