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10/22/2015

Dehumidifier Reviews from Colorado Springs

We are celebrating dehumidifiers this month, so here is our first of two posts reviewing the best dehumidifiers on the market. If you are looking for a new model, these are the units to consider.

Best Whole House Dehumidifier for Water Damage Prevention

The Frigidaire 70-pint FAD704DWD is as close to perfection as you will find. Experts and consumers both rate it highest among all competitors. It is Energy Star rated, so you will save on your electricity bill. The Frigidaire 70-pint, because of its high capacity, can take on just about any job you throw at it. It is the best mode for dehumidifying an entire home. It has a built-in humidistat and intelligent humidity control so you can program the ideal level for your needs. It has auto-shut off and a warning indicator for when the tank is full. You can also opt for a continuous drainage hose. The fan speed is adjustable in case you need it to work faster. And this model can operate at temperatures as low as 41 degrees, so it is functional in a cold basement. If you do not need as much coverage, there is a 50-pint model available with the same strengths and features.

Best Dessicant Dehumidifier for Water Damage Prevention

The Eva-dry E-333 Mini Dehumidifier is ideal for those who do not need to dehumidify the whole home, but just certain areas. We all know how musty the workout area can get, but a 50- or 70-pint dehumidifier is a overkill. There are no wires or batteries, and is very compact for easy portability. It uses silica gel to absorb water, instead of a fan and compressor, so it is completely silent. The crystals turn from blue to pink as they absorb more moisture, and usually take two to four weeks to reach capacity. When they do, simply plug the unit in for 10 hours and the crystals go back to blue. With a lifespan of 10 years, these crystals are quite impressive. For affordability, the Eva-dry is the best bang for your buck you can find.

For Water Damage Repair in Colorado Springs

When your home has suffered water damage or mold, you will need professionals to handle the clean-up, repair, and restoration. At DKI Buffalo Builders, we specialize in these services. Take a look at our website to learn more. If you need us, we are on call 24 hours in case of water, fire, smoke, or other natural disaster damage to your property. Call 719-578-8100 immediately.

Best Crawl Space Dehumidifier for Water Damage Prevention

Only about half of the air in your house comes from outside. The remainder comes from your basement and crawl space. These areas are rife with dust, mold, and humidity. If unchecked, these can cause serious structural damage to your home and health problems. The Santa Fe Compact 2 is the solution. Its horizontal design allows it to fit in small spaces, but can cover an area as large as 1,600 sq. ft. Be sure to install it high enough for gravity to do its job draining the tank. The problem with horizontal dehumidifiers is the water tends to flow back into the unit, so a drain tap may be necessary. Its filter is the MERV-8, used in hospitals and science labs, so you know you will be safe from mold, bacteria, spores, and other contaminants.

Best Small Room Dehumidifier for Water Damage Prevention

The NewAir AD-250 Portable Dehumidifier absorbs 25 pints of water in 24 hours, a decent size for small rooms like kitchens, bathrooms, and closets. It is small and light enough to carry from room to room and comes with a convenient handle. It shuts off automatically when the 25-pint tank fills, but if you have a humidity problem, you should consider the continuous drainage option. It is a refrigerant dehumidifier, and comes with auto-defrost so it will keep working in freezing temperatures. The NewAir doubles as an air purifier with its washable air filter. If you do not need a whole house dehumidifier, the NewAir is a great option for you.

Best Drainage Pump Dehumidifier for Water Damage Prevention

The Friedrich D70BP comes in 70-pint and 50-pint models that are identical except for their capacity. They feature a built-in pump that disposes of water up to 15 feet away from the machine. You can also opt for manual draining of the 16.2-pint bucket or connecting a drainage hose. There are electronic controls that allow you to program the ideal humidity level in your home, and a timer if you prefer to run for a specified period of time. It also has auto-defrost for cold temperatures, an air filter, and a 2-speed fan. The only choice you have to make is which is adequate for your home, because the 70-pint model is more expensive.

For Water Damage Restoration in Colorado Springs

When your home has suffered water damage or mold, you will need professionals to handle the clean-up, repair, and restoration. At DKI Buffalo Builders, we specialize in these services. Take a look at our website to learn more. If you need us, we are on call 24 hours in case of water, fire, smoke, or other natural disaster damage to your property. Call 719-578-8100 immediately.