If your basement or crawl space is damp and musty, and you have a dehumidifier in there, then there's an obvious conclusion: it's not doing its job.
Dehumidifiers are usually set to automatically shut off when the space is dry enough.
But, if it doesn't shut off, then the space is never at that acceptable dry level. Does your dehumidifier include a collection tray? If so, you can expect it to fill up with water about once every 12 hours or so. If you find that you're only emptying it once a week, then it's hardly ever working at all! What's the point of paying for the electricity to run it?
There's a lot to look for when shopping for a dehumidifier in the Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, and nearby areas. To help you pick the best for your basement or crawl space, Basement Systems Vancouver offers these five key features that make a dehumidifier one of the best. If you're ready to learn more about basement or crawl space dehumidifiers or would like a price quote, call or contact us online today for a free dehumidification estimate!
One of the most common complaints that we hear about basement dehumidifiers has to do homeowners who have purchased a dehumidifier that runs constantly but does not dry the basement. The end result for this is a continuously damp, moldy space, with the only difference being a higher energy bill.
You could actually spend more money and buy a second dehumidifier. However, the end result of this will be an expensive and inefficient solution. Two times the dehumidifiers means two times the noise, two times the electricity, and, more often than not, a basement that's still damp. Instead of taking this path, start off right with a powerful 100-liter crawl space or basement dehumidifier that will assure that the moisture in the space is being removed in an energy-efficient way. The SaniDry™ Dehumidifier is able to dehumidify an entire basement, using a powerful blowing motor that will send dry air all over the space.
Few dehumidifiers in the Vancouver areas come with an ENERGY STAR® rating dehumidifier, but these are really worth it. You can save a lot of money over time by using our energy efficient dehumidifiers. They can do more than twice the work at less than a third of the energy usage of non energy efficient dehumidifiers.
If you are concerned about the energy usage of your crawl space or basement dehumidifier, it may be in your best interest to find a model that allows you to adjust your dehumidifier to a specific level of dryness. This way, you can set it to full-blast if you want the most comfortable environment that is easiest on your cooling bills (humid air is more expensive to cool than dry air), or you can simply set it to keep the space dry enough to help prevent mold growth.
Cheap home dehumidifiers typically come with a collection tray that will fill up with water about every 12 hours. This means that keeping your basement dry involves emptying this tray 14 times a week or more. This is a lot more often that you would expect. However, most homeowners will fall into a routine where they're emptying it only once weekly. This means that your dehumidifier's tray will fill and shut off right away, allowing it to work only 7% of the time, whereas the humidity goes unchecked the other 93%. Why bother?
There's got to be a more effective way to use a dehumidifier.
Your time and energy is way too important for you to have to continually empty humidity collection trays. You need to find a dehumidifier that can drain the water away by itself. Our basement and crawl space dehumidifiers can actually be set to drain to a sump pump, a sink, or other available opening, or they can be hooked up to a condensate pump that's designed to discharge the water through a tube run through the home's rim joist. No matter which option you choose, your dehumidifier will be much more convenient and effective.
If your goal is to fight mold, mildew, and dust mites by dehumidifying the basement or crawl space, then take your efforts to the next level. There are dehumidifiers on the market today that can filter particles out of the air that are as small as 2 microns while they dehumidify the space. While these systems are not air purification systems, they're able to filter out mold spores, dust mite waste, pollen, and a variety of other home allergens that commonly found in a basement or crawl space. Dehumidifiers can also come with an odor filter, which is great for removing that musty smell that is sometimes common in a basement or crawl space.
If you're finishing the basement, the last thing you want to see in the newly finished space is a basement dehumidifier sitting in the corner.
This problem can easily be avoided by installing the dehumidifier in a closet or in an unfinished section of the basement.
However, to do this, your basement dehumidifier will need a blower that's powerful enough to be ducted out of the space so it can keep the entire finished area dry.
Basement Systems Vancouver of Surrey, Vancouver, Langley, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Mission, Delta, New Westminster, West Vancouver, Tsawwassen, Port Moody, Richmond, and surrounding areas has the crawl space and basement dehumidifier you'll need to dry your space. The SaniDry™ Basement Dehumidifier we offer is an Energy Star-rated solution for your home that will keep the space dry the way it was meant to. It's designed to be self-draining and its powerful blower can send dry air all over the basement. An air filter can remove dust mite waste, pollen, and most mold spores out of the air while an optional odor filter keeps the air clean and fresh. If you'd like a free, no-obligation quote, call or contact Basement Systems Vancouver today!