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Choose the Best Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers have been around for decades. They are appliances that remove all of the excess moisture built up in the air. When you choose a dehumidifier it is important that you choose the right size for the room in your house that it may go in. For example, if you are purchasing a dehumidifier for your basement then you need a very large one because basements have high levels of humidity. On the other hand, if the dehumidifier is going in the bathroom then a small one will be just fine because bathrooms are small in general.
Of course, you’ll want to be precise when choosing a dehumidifier. This means you need to measure the moisture content in the environment where you are going to put the appliance. In order to measure the moisture, you need to purchase a hygrometer. This instrument is designed to measure certain aspects of the local atmosphere like temperature, mass, and pressure. Then it will tell you the percentage of humidity in the area it is in. If the percentage is 90% to 100% then you have extreme humidity in this area. You will likely see puddles of water on the floor with this much humidity. The rule of thumb is that anything above 50% humidity will require a dehumidifier.
Next you need to measure the size of the room where the dehumidifier will go in. If the room is 500 square feet and has moderate humidity then you would need a dehumidifier that can remove at least 16 pints of moisture per day. If you are trying to dehumidify your entire 2,500 square foot house which has 90% humidity, this will require at least a 50 pint dehumidifier. When you go shopping for a dehumidifier they are often separated by their pint levels. The bigger more expensive appliances will have above 50 pints on it. When you go shopping for dehumidifiers you will see pint levels listed on the boxes. These pints refer to how much moisture the appliance can remove from the air each day. So if you have bigger rooms with more moisture then you need a dehumidifier that can remove more pints of moisture each day.
The top two dehumidifiers are the Frigidaire FAD704DWD Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier and the Frigidaire FAD504DWD Energy Star 50-pint Dehumidifier. They contain a full tank alert system with an auto shut off feature. They also contain a germs control filter, integrated side handles, caster wheels, and three ways to dispose of the water. These dehumidifiers work great in large rooms or areas within your home. At an average price of $200, it is a worthy investment if built up moisture is a problem in any room of your home.

ItemFeaturesRatingPrice$
Frigidaire FAD704DWD Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier
Frigidaire FAD704DWD 70-pint Dehumidifier Review
Energy Star qualified
70 pints per day
Adjustable 2 fan speed
Full tank alert system with auto shut-off
Caster wheels and side handles
4.7$224
Frigidaire FAD504DWD Energy Star 50-pint Dehumidifier
Frigidaire FAD504DWD Energy Star Dehumidifier Review
Energy Star qualified
50 pints per day
Full tank alert system with auto shut-off
Caster wheels, side handles
Germs control washable filter
3 different ways to dispose water
4.6$195
Danby Premiere DDR70A1GP 70 pint dehumidifier - Euro Grey
Danby Premiere DDR70A1GP 70 pint Review
Energy Star qualified
70 pints per day
Auto restart feature
Direct drain option
Non ozone
4.1$226
Friedrich D70BP 70 Pint Dehumidifier with built-in drain pump, front bucket and continuous drain
Friedrich D70BP 70 Pint Dehumidifier Review
Energy Star qualified
70 pints per day
Displays room temperature and humidity level
24-hour timer
Built-in drain pump
4$208
DeLonghi DD50P 50 Pt. Energy Star Dehumidifier with Patented Pump
DeLonghi DD50P 50 Pt Dehumidifier Review
Energy Star qualified
50 pints per day
Electronic controls along with LCD display
24-hour timer
Visible water level
4$244