Features to consider while choosing a 50 pint dehumidifier
The features of a 50 pint dehumidifier vary and are what set each product apart from each other. Here are some important features to consider with your purchase and what they all mean.
The coverage area of a dehumidifier refers to the square footage in which the machine will work with. Usually, the size and mechanisms of the unit will determine just how much room a dehumidifier will be able to work with. The mightiest models are the Keystone KSTAD50B and the Tosot 50 Pint Dehumidifier, both of which have a coverage area of 3,000 square feet. They can both serve a house or a very large office setting. In case you don’t need to dehumidify the entire house or a large room, search for a compact small dehumidifier that can be stored on your bathroom’s shelf, for instance. Such devices usually cover around 250 square feet – enough for a small room.
Of all the 50 pint dehumidifiers on our list, only the Friedrich D50BPA comes with a pump. A pump is needed so that you can drain the water from your machine into your house’s drainage system. Buying a dehumidifier with pump means that instead of having to always position the connecting hose down to allow gravity to force the water out, you actually have a bit more flexibility in positioning. This is great if you have a dehumidifier in a basement but need to connect it to a pipe above the unit.
Water tank capacity
After the moisture in the air has been circulated by a dehumidifier and turned into water, that water needs a place to be stored. Every dehumidifier will have a water tank, but some are larger than others. The products on our list range from a 0.8-gallon tank to a 2.0-gallon tank. The smaller the tank’s size, the more frequent you will need to empty it.
Once a water tank has reached its capacity, it will stop filtering air until the tank is emptied. To remind you of that, dehumidifiers usually have an auto shut-off and an LED indicator.
The optimal humidity level in a house is between 30 and 50 percent. It’s nice if you have a dehumidifier model that allows you to program this setting so that you don’t have to worry about constantly adjusting anything. As well, sometimes humidity can increase over night, especially in more tropical areas. Having a fast speed option allows the dehumidifier to quickly cycle through the air to give you a more instant relief.
Continuous drain option
There are two main types of dehumidifiers. Stand-alone products have a built-in water reservoir that needs to be drained in order for it to continue to work. There are also dehumidifiers that have a continuous drain option. By hooking up a hose from the dehumidifier to your house’s drainage system, you can run the device around the clock. It’s also convenient to use such dehumidifiers for bathrooms since you can just direct the hose into a sink. You don’t need to worry about emptying the water tank, and your dehumidifier won’t shut down waiting for it to be emptied. This is perfect for very humid climates.
Dimensions and weight
50 pint dehumidifiers can’t be very compact due to the high dehumidification performance they feature. In fact, these devices are among the biggest on the market apart from the 70 pint dehumidifiers and those with even higher dehumidification rate. All of the 50 pint dehumidifiers on our list are roughly the same size. Their dimensions come in at around 12 x 15 x 24 inches. This means that they are too large for a shelf or table, and will need to be set on a floor.
Before you purchase anything, plan where you want to put your dehumidifier and be sure to measure it. It’s important to find a product that will fit your space so that you don’t have to return it.
Warranties are extremely important, especially with mechanical devices. All of the 50-pint dehumidifiers that we have assembled have decent warranties that are in effect for at least one year. The manufacturer of the Keystone KSTAD50B offers the best warranty terms. It has a one-year warranty on parts and labor as well as a five-year warranty on the sealed system.
If you purchase a standard dehumidifier, it won’t have many additional features, but it will probably be at an affordable price. More premium products will have extra features such as an LED or an LCD display. While manual settings are fine, digital controls are more precise and have more options. Other features, such as an auto shut-off control or defrost option allow you to worry less about your dehumidifier. You can plug it in, set it up, and not have to worry too much about maintenance.
Tips on how to maintain a 50 pint dehumidifier
50 pint dehumidifiers deal with water which can, unfortunately, lead to mold and mildew issues.
It’s important to regularly clean your 50 pint dehumidifier so that germs and bacteria aren’t able to grow.
You should also do a regular check up to make sure everything is in working order. Sometimes dehumidifiers are placed out of the way which makes us forget they are even there. Plan to do a quick inspection, say the first of every month, to ensure that no water is leaking and there are no electrical issues. If you have a one-year warranty, be sure to check in advance of this deadline so that if there are issues, you will still be covered.