Basements are more prone to molds because of the lack of natural air or sunlight which they suffer from. These molds are caused by the resultant high humidity and can lead to health hazards. To prevent this, one needs to have the best dehumidifier for basements. But there are some factors which one needs to consider before buying one:
When buying a dehumidifier, make sure that the machine has an easy to comprehend control panel. Ideally, it should either have manual or electronic controls. Electronic controls come with a touch panel nowadays, but their downside is that they lose their controls in case of power shedding, which isn’t a problem for manual control. But auto power on or off is prevalent in cases of a power cut as well
Make sure to go for a filter which can catch mold and mildew, but which can be washed at home as well. Do check to ensure that the machine is easy to remove, has washable filters and pre-filters.
It should be needless to say that you should go for a quiet machine over noisy ones since the continuous noise of air filtration will prove to be distracting and will not quiet become white noise so easily.
Dehumidifiers should be able to work in the basement and so it should be able to work in low temperatures as well since basements are cooler than the rest of the building. For this go for a dehumidifier with an automatic defrost feature as well since the heat coils can freeze during winters.
Choose a dehumidifier which has automated controls for setting humidity levels. The humidity level should ideally be 40 to 50 percent during summers and 30 to 50 percent in winters. An adjustable humidistat will allow you to dial up to the desired humidity level and the unit will automatically work to maintain it.
Make sure while buying that the new machine comes with casters so that it can be rolled around from one room to the other if needed and you don’t need to carry that bulky thing. Also get a long power cord as well.
Apart from all these factors ensure that the dehumidifier has an automatic shut off switch to protect it from overflows as well. While it may not be possible to get all the features but do make sure to check that the machines have the ones you need.