Basements tend to have low temperatures for one reason or the other. These cold conditions favor the condensation of water thus leading to dumpiness. Dump conditions may in turn harbor the growth of things like mold, dust mites and even mildew which may end up damaging anything that you had stored in your basement. You do not, however, have to experience all this since it is preventable by simply using a dehumidifier to help dry your basement thus get rid of the excess moisture that may be present. To ensure that the basement dehumidifier performs to its maximum possible potential it is important to observe the following things:
Ensure that your dehumidifier is carefully placed
The placement of a basement dehumidifier should be with strict regard to the point of air circulation in the dehumidifier. If this point is at the top of the dehumidifier, then it can be placed against a wall, and if the point of circulation is on the sides, then some space should be left out at the sides to allow for proper circulation. Additional basement rooms or closets may require separate dehumidifiers in the event that there is not enough circulation to allow one dehumidifier handle drying these extra spaces.
Have a drainage system in place
For a basement dehumidifier to work effectively the water collected has to be drained every now and then. You should, therefore, check to see if the dehumidifier’s bucket is full and thus requires to be emptied from time to time. Alternatively, you can make use of a hose connection to drain the water elsewhere say in a sink or even outdoors thus saving you the trouble of doing this emptying yourself from time to time.
Get the right basement dehumidifier for the temperatures of your basement
As mentioned above most basements tend to have really low temperatures and not all basement dehumidifiers are meant to work in all temperatures. Getting a dehumidifier that will not be affected by the temperature of your basement is therefore very important if you are to ensure that your dehumidifier works effectively and efficiently. Basement dehumidifiers with defrost capabilities are the best for basements whose temperatures are very low.
Energy is an important factor that you need to consider when getting a basement dehumidifier. Small dehumidifiers are likely to use up a lot of power because they take up a long time to dry your basement. Larger dehumidifiers, on the other hand, take up a lesser time to dry your basement and consequently use up less energy while at it.
Ensure you properly clean your basement dehumidifier
The accumulation of debris and dust on the coils of the basement dehumidifier necessitates proper cleaning of the coils. Dust and debris on the coils tend to hinder the optimal performance of the dehumidifier hence the need to clean it properly and on a regular basis.
Observance of all the five things mentioned above is a guarantee that you will indeed get the most out of your basement dehumidifier in terms of effective performance of its functions.