To keep the humidity levels down in your basement, dehumidifiers are an essential resource. Dehumidifiers keep the mold from growing and make your basement free from dampness and the overpowering musty odor. Buying a dehumidifier can often be confusing and intimidating. Apart from deciding on a brand, you must know what size of a dehumidifier is the best fit for your basement.
If you plan on buying one soon, you’re probably wondering, “What size dehumidifier do I need for a basement?”. The right size depends on a few factors like the humidity level, the size, and the number of occupants of the basement. The size of your basement is the most crucial factor amongst them all.
The Size of Your Basement
If you don’t know what size your basement is, you can easily measure it by using a measuring scale or tape.
- Measure the length of your basement in feet
- Measure the basement’s width in feet
- Multiply both the quantities
- The answer is the area of your basement in square feet.
Sizes of Dehumidifiers
The size of a dehumidifier doesn’t mean how physically tall or spread out the humidifier is. The size refers to how many pints of moisture can the dehumidifier remove from the room in 24 hours. It is measured in Pints per day or PPD. Picking a dehumidifier of sufficient PPD depends on the kind of conditions your basement is under. We have divided these conditions into four categories to help you identify yours:
- Moderately Damp: When the air in your basement feels clammy and occasionally gives off a musty smell.
- Very Damp: Musty odor along with damp spots on the floor or walls.
- Wet: The basement feels ridden with dampness at all times, and there is visible moisture on everything around you.
- Extremely Wet: This is an extreme case in which you find standing water in your basement
Considering these variable conditions and different sizes of basements, we have made a simplified table for you, which will help decide the right size of the dehumidifier for your basement.