Should you buy a basement dehumidifier?

We’ve told you there’s plenty of signs that can crop up that show you that you might need a dehumidifier. Sometimes a dehumidifier can be placed in the actual home, but many people place dehumidifiers in the basement (if they have one) and it solves many issues for them.

Why (and how)?

When a basement is moist — and most basements are, let’s face it, they’re basements — this can translate to real moisture problems inside of your home. While everyone knows that heat rises, so does moisture. Think about the water cycle and the evaporation portion of it. Moisture can drift up into your living space. Basements can even become more humid and moist when the home itself is very moist and wet.

How can you tell if you need a dehumidifier?

There are a few ways you can check your basement to see if you need a dehumidifier:

  1. Touch the walls. Do they feel wet?
  2. Is there visible condensation on the walls?
  3. Is there visible condensation on items or surfaces in the basement?
  4. Do you see any moisture pockets on the floor (i.e. wet cement)?
  5. Does it smell moldy?
  6. Do your items get moldy being down there?

If you said yes to any of the above, you could benefit from a basement dehumidifier!

Basement dehumidifiers are different than regular dehumidifiers. They are specialized to work during lower temperatures, whereas regular home dehumidifiers are meant only to work in 65 degrees or higher. If you just toss a regular home dehumidifier down there, it won’t be very effective and won’t draw in a lot of moisture.

Some basement dehumidifiers have automatic draining options, so you don’t have to physically go down there to empty the reservoir every time it fills up. This is a great option to save you time and effort — and keep your home healthy and happy!