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If your basement is damp and mildewy, yet you have a dehumidifier installed and running, then your dehumidifier is not doing the job you are paying for it to do!
In most cases, dehumidifiers are set to automatically turn off when your basement or other below grade space is dry enough. If your dehumidifier doesn't turn off, then it is never going to create an acceptable level of dryness in your below grade space. If your dehumidifier has a collection tray, then it should fill up with water once almost every 12 hours. If you find yourself emptying the tray only once a week than it isn't working properly!
It can be difficult when shopping for a proper dehumidifier. B.Q. Basement Systems offers its customers with the following 5 key features that help to optimize a dehumidifier and make it one of the best choices to solve any and all of your basement and crawl space issues. Contact BQ Basement Systems today to learn more about installing a dehumidifier in your basement or crawl space.
A dehumidifier that is consistently running when the basement is still wet is the most frequent complaint that homeowners tell us. A higher energy bill along with a constantly damp moldy space is the only thing expected from this solution.
A quick fix can be the purchase of second dehumidifier, and you will have to spend more money. However, the end result will prove to be an inefficient and very expensive solution. If you have twice the amount of dehumidifiers, then you will have twice the amount of noise, use twice the amount of electricity, and still be left with a damp basement. In order to prevent this from happening, you should consider installing a powerful 100-liter dehumidifier that will remove any moisture in your below-grade area in an energy-efficient manner. The SaniDry™ Dehumidifier XP is able to dehumidify your entire basement, sending dry air throughout your space by using its powerful blowing motor.
The energy usage of a basement or crawl space dehumidifier can be concerning, so it is important to find a model that enables you to adjust it to a specific, set level of dryness. By doing this, you can turn it all the way up if you want your home to be the most energy efficient and comfortable environment possible, or you can just set your dehumidifier to keep your basement or crawl space dry enough to prevent the growth of mold and the spreading of mold spores.
It is worth investing in a ENERGY STAR® rated dehumidifier, only a few actually have this rating. The best dehumidifiers can do more than twice the work at less than a third of the energy usage, saving you a lot of money in the long run.
Collection trays come with cheap home dehumidifiers which will fill up with water about every 12 hours. In order to keep your basement dry it involves emptying this tray 14 times a week or more. Most likely, many homeowners will fall into a routine where they're emptying it only once weekly. 7% of the time your dehumidifier is working until the tray is filled and then it shuts off, whereas the humidity goes unchecked the other 93%. Why bother?
Emptying humidity collection trays would be wasting your time and energy which is too important - find a dehumidifier which can drain all of the water away on its own. Crawl space and basement dehumidifiers can be adjusted to drain to your sump pump system, sink, or another available opening.They can even be hooked up to a condensate pump which is designed to discharge the water through a tube that runs through your home's rim joist. Regardless of which option you choose, your dehumidifier is guaranteed to be much more effective and convenient.
If you intend to fighting mildew, mold, and dust mites by means of dehumidifying your basement, crawl space or other below grade space, then it is important to make sure that your dehumidifier has an air filter. There are dehumidifiers on the market that are able to filter particles that are as small as 2 microns out of the air. While doing so, they also help to dehumidify your below grade space, thus making your basement or crawl space a dry and comfortable environment. While these dehumidifiers are not meant to be air purification systems, they are able to successfully filter out any mold spores, dust mite waste, pollen, and any other home allergens that are commonly found in basements. In some cases, dehumidifiers come with an odor filter, which is a great way to remove musty and moldy smells that are common in many basements and crawl spaces.
The last thing anyone wants to see in a newly finished basement is a dehumidifier sitting in the corner. A dehumidifier installed in a closet or in an unfinished part of your basement can easily and quickly avoid the issue of an unsightly dehumidifier sitting in the middle of your finished space. However, in order to do this, there will need to be a blower on your basement dehumidifier that is powerful enough to be ducted out of the space to ensure that the entire finished area remains dry.
To dry your space, B.Q. Basement Systems has the crawl space and basement dehumidifier perfect for your needs. The SaniDry™ XP Basement Dehumidifier is an ENERGY STAR® rated solution for your home that will ensure that your space stays dry. It has a self-draining design and has a powerful blower that can send dry air throughout your entire basement. Having an air filter can help to remove pollen, dust mite waste, and mold spores from the air. If you'd like a free, no-obligation quote, call or contact B.Q. Basement Systems today!
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