If you have a dehumidifier in your basement or crawl space and the space is still damp, musty, and humid then there's one thing for certain: your dehumidifier is not doing its job.
Many times dehumidifiers have an automatic shut-off switch when the environment they're in has reached a certain level of dryness or when the collection tray has been filled. If the dehumidifier doesn't shut off, then the space has never reached that acceptably dry level.
There's a lot of things to consider when doing research. So to help you pick the best for your basement or crawl space, BlueMaxx Basement Systems offers these five questions to ask when hunting for a dehumidifier.
An all-too-common complaint we hear from homeowners is that their dehumidifier constantly runs and the space it's in is still not dry. Not only does that mean their basement is still damp, humid and musty, but their electric bill is noticeably higher. That's not good all around.
Instead of buying a second dehumidifier- which will just double the noise, increase the money spent, and increase the electricity used- it pays to start the process off on the right foot. Dry out the space with an amply powered, 100-liter crawl space or basement dehumidifier. The SaniDry™ Dehumidifier that Basement Systems uses is able to dehumidify an entire basement using a powerful, energy efficient blowing motor.
A system with an ENERGY STAR® rating dehumidifier will be an essential factor in making your sub-flooring dry and keeping those energy bills on the low side. The best dehumidifiers can do more than twice the work at less than a third of the energy usage, saving you a lot of money in the long run.
Purchasing a dehumidifier that allows you to set the level of dryness in your basement is also a means to lower energy usage. This way, you can set it to full-blast if you want the most comfortable environment that is easiest on your cooling bills (humid air is more expensive to cool than dry air), or you can simply set it to keep the space just dry enough.
Your cheaper, sub-standard dehumidifiers come with a collection tray that will fill up with water about once every 12 hours. Doing the quick math, that means you will empty the tray about 14 time every week to keep your basement dry. But will you do this consistently? Maybe you will have a normal routine of emptying it once a week. If this were the scenario, the moisture in the air would be constant and the tray will be full almost immediately. Now your humidifier is working only 7% of the time. What good is that?
A self-draining dehumidifier is an obvious route to take in your quest for a drier basement. Your time and energy are important and having to worry about whether or not you emptied the tray is unnecessary. Having a self-draining system eliminates that worry. Modern basement and crawl space dehumidifiers can be set to drain into a sump pump, a sink, or just about any other available opening. No matter which option you choose, a self-draining dehumidifier is the convenient and effective way to go.
A dehumidifier will take the moisture and humidity out of the air and remove a growth component for dust mites, dirt, mould, and mildew. But what of the preexisting allergens that are already in your basement? Today, many dehumidifiers come with air filters that can remove air contaminants as small as 2 microns. That means that most, if not all of the mould spores, pollen, dust mite waste and other home allergens found in the air can be removed.
A finished basement is pleasing to the eye, allows for full use of your home's space and increases the over-all value of your house. Having a dehumidifier sitting out in the open, taking up valuable space, doesn't help anything.
Installing the dehumidifier in a closet or in an unfinished basement alcove takes care of that problem. But how does the dehumidifier work from that spot? Can there be upgrades made to it? Can the blower be ducted in order for it work properly?
BlueMaxx Basement Systems has the basement and crawlspace dehumidifier for your moisture problems. The SaniDry™ Basement Dehumidifier Systems are Energy Star-rated, designed to be self-draining and come equipped with powerful blowers that keep your sub-floor dry and comfortable. They are a "win-win" solution!
If you'd like a free, no-obligation quote, call or contact BlueMaxx Basement Systems today!