Dehumidifiers come in handy this time of the year when rainy weather leads to damp, moldy basements. Consumer Reports' tests of dehumidifiers can help you find a good one at a great price.
Jill Ceraita likes to hang out in her basement with her dog, thanks to her dehumidifier.
Ceraita says, "Without the dehumidifier, my basement would be a place I would never go because the mold would just grow and grow."
For a large basement like Jill's, Consumer Reports recommends a large-capacity dehumidifier.
Dan DiClerico of Consumer Reports says, "By large, we don't mean the actual size of the dehumidifier. We're talking about capacity, which is how much water it can remove in a day."
Consumer Reports' tests included both large-and medium-capacity dehumidifiers. In a special temperature-and-humidity controlled chamber, testers evaluate how much water a dehumidifier can remove per hour...and how much energy it uses.
DiClerico says, "That's important because dehumidifiers use a lot of energy. Testers also check how accurately dehumidifiers control the humidity in the room. Comfortable settings are anywhere from 30 and 60 percent.
When all the tests were done, Consumer Reports named the large-capacity Soleus Air a Best Buy. It costs $225, and would be a very good choice if you have a basement like Jill's.
Consumer Reports says if you suffer from allergies or asthma, it's important to set the humidity levels on a dehumidifier between 40 and 50%.