A basement dehumidifier is a key component to fighting that "moist" basement feeling and smell.
I'm not saying you'll 100% need to have one, but if you're like me, you want your basement to feel like the rest of your house and not a stanky high school gym locker.
Even if you've done all the other moisture fighting steps a basement, by design, is partially or completely underground, so it's going to have more moisture in the air compared to the rest of your house.
So yes, I recommend buying a dehumidifier for your basement.
And after several days of non-stop coffee, consulting with my physcic coach and a healthy dose of research and review I strongly recommend the Ivation 70 Pint Dehumidifier.
5 Basement Dehumidifier Features to consider BEFORE you buy:
Does it have a hose drain outlet - This is super important, but only if you have a floor drain in your basement. It's okay if you don't, you'll just have to empty the bucket once in awhile. With the hose drain hookup you can run it as much as you want to never have to empty the water.
- How much water can it hold - If you don't have hose drain hookup then you'll want a big bucket. That's why I recommend the Ivation which holds 1.3 gallons. Otherwise you could be down in the basement everyday to empty the water.
- Is it big enough? In other words, can it dehumidify your whole basement. This Ivatoin model covers spaces up to 4,500 square feet. Make sure you get one big enough to cycle all of the air in your basement.
- Automatic Shutoff and Restart - If the water container gets full, it needs to shutoff automatically. If your power gets knocked out, the unit should be able to restart on it's own.
- Is it quiet? To me this isn't a huge factor since this dehumidifier will be in the basement. But I'd still like it to be relative quiet so I can still watch TV. This Ivation model is in the medium range for noise. There are quieter ones, but not with all the other features and price point that I wanted. I programmed mine to only run at night.
The Best Basement Dehumidifier
I have the online subscription to Consumer Reports and I can tell you that the this Ivation model ranks in the top 3.
The reviews on Amazon are also really, really strong.
Where should you put your Dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier will only work in the room where it's placed. If there's a completely separate office or storage area and you have the door shut, it won't be pulling air from those rooms.
So you probably want to set it up in the main area of your basement. Vented doors will help some, but if there's a particular area you must have controlled - consider getting a second smaller unit.
Well, what do you think? Do you have a dehumidifier in your basement?
Do you have the Ivation 70 Pint Energy Star version?
How well does it work. Any other tips or suggestions? Leave a comment below.
Cheers - Jason