What are the advantages of dehumidifiers with pumps?
There are a few different types of dehumidifiers. Most of them have a tank, which collects the water that is pulled out of the air. These need to be emptied frequently though, usually at least once a day, or they will overflow.
There are also dehumidifiers featuring a special hose that transports the water out of the dehumidifier and down a nearby drain. The issue with these is that the machine needs to be higher than the drain in order for gravity to move the water. They don’t require much effort from you, though, as they do all the job themselves.
The pump models have a benefit that the other two don’t. Not only do they pull the water out and collect it in a tank, they also remove it themselves, no matter where you place it. This is because the pump pushes the water out through the hose, so gravity isn’t needed.
The dehumidifiers with pumps can be used with a drain hole in the floor, a nearby sink, window, or even through a hole in an exterior wall.
Features to consider while choosing a dehumidifier
When you are deciding which model is the best dehumidifier with a built-in pump for you, there are a number of features you should consider. These features are essential to ensure you have the right one for the moisture levels you’re dealing with, as well as the area you’re trying to dehumidify.
The dehumidification performance refers to how much moisture the dehumidifier can pull from the air to bring down the humidity levels in the area. All of the models we’ve reviewed here have a dehumidifying capacity of 70 pints per day. The damper the area you’re placing your dehumidifier, the higher its capacity will need to be. The higher the performance level, the faster it will remove the moisture from the air.
If you are using the pump to push the collected water up to a sink or out a high basement window, the drain height is an important feature to look for. Each pump has the power to push that water only to a certain height. If you try to push it higher than what is recommended, you could damage the pump itself or have leaks all over the place because your pump isn’t doing its job. Most pumps have a height of about 15-16ft.
Make sure to measure how high your drain hose needs to reach so you know which model to buy.
Water tank capacity
Even if you’re using the pump to drain the water, you still need a water tank in the dehumidifier to collect that water first. Some models, like the Frigidaire FFAP5033W1, don’t even have the pump kick in until the water tank is almost full. For this reason, you need a decent size tank to make sure it won’t fill up faster than the pump can remove the water. You should also consider the tank size if you don’t always plan to use the pump. The smaller the tank, the more often it will need to be emptied.
The coverage area refers to the size of the room the dehumidifier will be used in, which is measured in square footage. The larger the room, the higher the capacity for moisture removal will need to be. If the dehumidifier is too small, it won’t work as well, leaving the humidity levels the same. That’s why it is always better to find one that has a wider coverage area than you need. In fact, you can use one with a large coverage area in a small room to remove the humidity even faster.
Dimensions and weight
When it comes to the dimensions of a dehumidifier with a pump, you need to consider two factors. One is the entrance way to the area you’ll be using it. If you’re putting it in a basement with a normal-sized door, the dehumidifier’s size likely won’t be an issue. But for a crawl space or attic with a smaller opening, the dehumidifier will need to be measured to ensure it will fit.
When it comes to the weight, if you are putting it in one place and leaving it there, a heavier dehumidifier won’t be much of an issue. For those who plan to move it from room to room as needed, a lighter weight model will be a better choice for portability.
No matter what you’re buying, you want it to last. Unfortunately, not everything works as it’s supposed to, and dehumidifiers are no exception. That’s why you should always check the warranty of the product you’re buying because they can vary. For instance, the Ivation 70 Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier with Pump has a one-year limited warranty. The Frigidaire FFAP5033W1 also has a one-year warranty, which covers full parts and labor, plus adds in a four-year limited warranty on the sealed system. The longer the warranty and the more it covers, the more piece of mind you’ll have using that particular model.
A dehumidifier needs a few additional features to make it worthwhile and easier to use. One such feature is an LED or LCD indicator, which will display whatever settings you’re on or light up when certain functions need to be dealt with. The controls should be straightforward and easy to use. Having multiple speeds is also handy, especially if the humidity levels in the space vary with the season or the weather.
For portability, there should be castors on the bottom as well as some handles on the sides and the top. This way, it will be easy to move the dehumidifier if needed, without lifting it off the ground and straining your back.
Though a silent dehumidifier isn’t a possibility, you can find a quiet model, like the Tosot 70 Pint Dehumidifier with Internal Pump. This allows you to place it in a living space if needed without having it interfere with your normal daily routine.
Another necessary extra is an automatic shutoff. If your tank gets full and the pump isn’t running or you don’t have a gravity drain set up, it will overflow if the dehumidifier keeps on running. An auto shut-off eliminates this possibility, so you don’t have a mess to clean up. Many models with this function also include an alert or alarm to let you know the tank needs to be emptied.
Every dehumidifier needs a filter to keep dirt and dust out of the coils. The best option is one that is easy to remove and washable with a bit of soap and water. This saves you time and money on replacement filters.