If your home has a basement it can be a very useful room for storage or for creating an additional living space. A common problem that can interfere with the usefulness of a basement is the moisture content that is typically associated with them. That’s where having a dehumidifier comes in handy!
If you are planning on using your basement for a living space, you may want to place the dehumidifier in a place where it’s out of the way and inconspicuous. Improper placement can actually hinder its efficiency to remove the moisture in the room. Know the right placement for using a dehumidifier to achieve the best air quality out of the space.
If you are using a relatively small dehumidifier for a basement with a minor moisture issue, it’s perfectly fine to place the dehumidifier on the floor. In fact, the lower the unit is to the floor the better the convection circulation as hot air rises. The air that is put out by the dehumidifier will be warmer than the air going in so placing the unit too high near the ceiling will reduce this convection circulation.
Keep in mind that you will have to empty the drip pan if it doesn’t contain an automatic pump. Larger dehumidifiers contain larger drip pans which will naturally be heavier once it is full. This makes emptying very inconvenient.
For use in larger basements or those with heavy moisture content, it would be ideal to place your unit so that it can self-drain. In order to do this it will need to be placed near a sink, toilet, or a floor drain at a height that allows the force of gravity to drain the water from the drip pan. Place the unit on a level table or shelf that is higher than the drain and connect a hose going into it from the unit’s drip tray.
While a dehumidifier can serve its function to remove moisture from anywhere in the basement, it may take longer to achieve this operation depending on where it is installed. The ideal placement to achieve the fastest dehumidification is in the middle of the room where it can get the maximum airflow. This will also help reduce the energy consumption of the unit as it won’t have to run as long in order to achieve the level of dehumidification it is set at.
If you wish to store it so that it’s not in the way such as against a wall be sure to place the unit sideways so as not to reduce the airflow. You want to be sure there is a clearance of at least 12-inches around the coils so that airflow won’t be restricted. Alternatively, you can opt for a unit equipped with an air discharge that is top-mounted to avoid air flow constriction.
When considering the best placement for installing a dehumidifier, keep these pointers in mind. Proper placement of a unit will not only aid in achieving optimal results, it will also help to lower the overall operation costs for running it.