These models are designed for relatively open areas, namely basements; however, most of these machines will work equally well in similar spaces, such as wine cellars, storage facilities, machinery rooms, warehouses, tool shops, and document archives.
Basement dehumidifiers are specially designed for working within the open environment of basement areas, which are prone to developing mold and mildew. These growths produce spores that irritate the lungs and are especially dangerous for people with sensitivities, such as asthma. In addition to facilitating mold growth, a moist or humid environment is friendly to certain bugs, like dust mites, carpenter ants, and termites. A different but equally serious danger is the risk of dampening wood or wiring, which can cause shortages or a weakened foundation.
If you live in a colder area or know that your basement typically sees temperatures below 60 degrees, you'll want to look for a low-temperature dehumidifier, which are designed not to frost. We have different machines based on your needs - be sure to also consider the size of the area, the level of moisture and humidity, and the noise level of the dehumidifier.
You must also consider the storage capacity - dehumidifiers can typically store up to 75 pints of water in the larger models. If you have puddles or leakage in your basement, go for a high-capacity unit. For areas that are only damp and not wet, a medium-capacity (40 to 60 pints) will usually suffice. Alternatively, some machines can be used with a drainage hose, which can be a huge convenience if your basement has a connection for external drainage. For more information about what to look for in a dehumidifier, check out our Dehumidifier Buying Guide.