Choosing an Air System for your Basement – Minnesota, Wisconsin & Iowa
Is the air heavy? Is a musty smell lingering in your basement or crawl space?
A dehumidifier can wring much of that moisture out of the air. But it also will take the right size of machine and some monitoring by the homeowner to keep the lower level dry.
American Waterworks would like to give you some free advice about buying and installing the right dehumidifier for your basement or crawl space. If you’d like more information about dehumidifying your house, call American Waterworks to arrange a free inspection.
Will the dehumidifier be able to clear the air in the space you have?
Homeowners often complain that their dehumidifiers are running, but are not drying out the basement. The air isn’t improving while the homeowner is spending more money to power the dehumidifier with electricity.
One alternative is a second dehumidifier. But that solution could double the noise, along with the electricity costs. Instead, consider buying a more powerful model, such as a 100-liter dehumidifier. It also should be more energy-efficient when removing the bothersome humidity.
The SaniDry Dehumidifier, which is available through American Waterworks, is one machine big enough to condition the air in a full basement.
Look for the Star – Energy Star
When buying a new dehumidifier, check for the Energy Star label, which shows energy efficiency. High-quality dehumidifiers can cut electrical use significantly compared to older models and save you money in the process.
How you use the dehumidifier also makes a difference. You often can control the amount of dryness that makes you comfortable with settings on the machine. For very damp spaces, you might want to set its thermostat on maximum drying. That could save some energy costs when cooling the area because humid air is more costly to cool than dry air.
On the other hand, if you are more tolerant of the moisture, you can just set the controls high enough for moderate drying to prevent growth of mold.
Collecting the water
How much time do you want to spend emptying water trays? That is a practical consideration when operating a dehumidifier.
All dehumidifiers have containers that collect the moisture that the machine has taken out of the air.
Inexpensive home dehumidifiers often are made with water trays that must be emptied every 12 hours or even more frequently. That means dumping the tray 14 times a week to assure that the dehumidifier is clearing out the humidity. If the water is not emptied from the tray, the dehumidifier automatically shuts off to prevent an overflow. It can’t do its main job – lowering humidity in the room.
Some dehumidifiers now on the market can put the whole job on automatic. They are self-draining models. They discharge the water they’ve collected into a basement drain, sink, sump pump or other system, usually through a hose.
Make sure your dehumidifier is equipped with an air filter
To avoid effects of high humidity such as mold and mildew, we suggest buying a dehumidifier that also filters the air. Some dehumidifiers now on the market can trap particles as small as 2 microns. That means they can screen out mold spores, pollen, dust mite wastes and other tiny contaminants. These dehumidifiers do not take the place of air purification systems, but they give an added benefit in the area they are drying.
Some models also contain an odor filter to take the musty odor out of the air at the same time as the moisture.
Install your dehumidifier out of sight
A dehumidifier does not work well as a piece of furniture! But homeowners who are building a house or refinishing their basements often can hide the dehumidifier and enjoy the drier air it produces.
With a little planning, they can place the dehumidifier out of sight in a closet or unused area of the basement. The dehumidifier then can be connected to newly installed ducts running to the living spaces. This solution does require a dehumidifier blower that is powerful enough to move the air some distance.
SaniDry – a dehumidifier equipped for the job
American Waterworks handles a dehumidifier with all the features you need to dry out the air downstairs.
The SaniDry Basement Dehumidifier has a self-draining design and a blower able to distribute dry air throughout your basement. An air filter comes standard with the SaniDry, and an odor filter is available as an option.
SaniDry also has qualified as an Energy Star appliance, which means it uses at least 15 percent less energy than a conventional model the same size.
For a free cost estimate at no obligation, phone or contact American Waterworks online.