Autumn is here and that could mean a lot of rain depending on the part of the U.S. in which you live. Damp, moldy basements are a problem for many homeowners, and one of the quickest, most cost-effective ways of keeping your basement dry and preventing damage to your possessions is by investing in a dehumidifier.
Dehumidifiers carrying the AHAMVerifide mark are verified through AHAM’s Dehumidifier Verification Program have been tested and verified by an independent laboratory, assuring consumers that the product will perform according to the manufacturer’s product claims for energy consumption and water removal capacity (rated in removal of pints per day).
For units that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation, AHAM’s energy verification of the unit ensures that the product meets ENERGY STAR criteria. AHAM is recognized by the EPA as a Certification Body (CB) and approved to administer verification testing for purposes of the ENERGY STAR program. An online searchable database of dehumidifiers that have the AHAM Verifide can be found here.
This Old House has some maintenance tips to keep your dehumidifier operating safely for years to come:
- Be sure the dehumidifier outlet is protected by
a ground-fault circuit interrupter. Avoid using extension cords; spilled water presents a shock hazard.
- Place the unit at least 6 in. from any wall so
air flows freely; shut all nearby windows and doors.
- For the first few days of use, turn the humidi-stat to the extra-dry setting, which will remove moisture from room furnishings.
Other tips can be found here.