How to choose the best dehumidifier for your needs!

Shopping for the best dehumidifier might seem complicated but it is easier than you may think. Believe it or not, a dehumidifier is actually a pretty straightforward home appliance: chilled coils pull moisture from the air and drip it into a water reservoir. Most dehumidifiers on the market excel at this task, however there are other important things to consider before buying just any dehumidifier. Let Danby help!

  1. Go Large (for the most part).

Go big or go home. A model with a capacity of 60 to 70 pints per 24 hours tends to work more quickly and efficiently than one with a capacity of 25 to 35 pints. You also might be able to run it on a lower, quieter setting.  You should consider a smaller capacity dehumidifier only if you are dehumidifying a single room with a relatively low square footage otherwise Danby recommends a bigger capacity. Before purchasing your dehumidifier be sure to check the claimed capacity to ensure you pick the model  the best accommodate your dehumidifying needs.

  1. Save on bills while helping the environment.

Looking for an energy efficient dehumidifier? Look for models with Energy Star certification such as Danby’s DDR70B1CP. Energy Star certified appliances  are energy efficient, which translates into lower electricity bills as well as being a more environmentally friendly alternative.

  1. Weigh the features- What is important to you?

There are many features available on the market, however look  for the features that are most important to you! The frost control feature prevents evaporator coils from freezing, which is a good thing if your dehumidifier is placed in a room where it gets a bit chilly (i.e. basement). The automatic shut-off feature is programmed to shut off when the bucket reaches its water capacity to prevent overflowing. Looking for a dehumidifier that requires minimal effort? Look for the continuous drain feature that allows you to run the unit continuously without having to empty out the bucket when it gets filled.

  1. Address the underlying problem.

If your space has standing water or a chronic musty smell, a dehumidifier might help in the short-term but it is important to consider what is causing this problem in the first place. Address the source of the moisture which could involve patching a wall, installing a sump pump, adding bathroom exhaust fans, regarding soil near the foundation and maintaining gutters and down spouts to prevent rainwater from entering your home.

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