Five Secret Tips You Need to Know Before Shopping for a Dehumidifier
08/18/2011 has provided five secret tips to help consumers shop for the best dehumidifier for their home and basement.

Online PR News – 18-August-2011 – –, Braintree, MA and a leading online retailer of home and basement dehumidifiers says there are five secrets which most consumers probably do not know about when shopping for a portable dehumidifier.

frost guards

1. Energy Star rated dehumidifiers are very efficiently designed to keep your utility bills down. Many dehumidifiers can draw a lot of electricity and cost more than your average refrigerator to run if they need to operate for a long time. So check the energy consumption very carefully as a higher priced dehumidifier like the Santa Fe Thermastor model may save you a significant amount of money in your energy bills long term, besides having a much longer lifespan.
2. An automatic restart option on a dehumidifier after a power failure is a plus, especially in a 2nd home where you are not always present. However, it may not be as important in your primary residence where you are more aware of power outages.
3. Dehumidifiers with built-in pumps are not common but can be very useful for continual drainage. Many people don't know that their present dehumidifier can also be easily retrofitted with a condensate pump that is capable of pumping the water 15 feet vertically and over 100 feet horizontally. This way you can have the collected water pumped to a drain, sink, washing machine out-flow pipe, out a window, through a wall, or even to a different floor. Your dehumidifier can do its job both day and night with no messy buckets to empty!
4. Some dehumidifiers will only operate at temperatures about 65 degrees or above which can lead to ice forming on the coils when temperatures fall below this level; this can result in the dehumidifier being shut off. Only those designed to operate below 65 degrees, called “low temperature” dehumidifiers, are recommended for most basements especially in northern and eastern parts of the country. Models such as the Danby have built in “frost guards” or “freeze guards” designed to turn off the compressor as soon as freezing is detected and leave the fan running to blow warm air over the coils.
5. Many people are unaware of the high noise levels in dehumidifiers. Low temperature dehumidifiers tend to be noisier than regular temperature units. All dehumidifiers make some noise, but the newest models have the noise recede into the background with a low hum noise level. The quietest low temperature dehumidifiers tested by are the Danby dehumidifiers.

For more information, contact Gary McEldowney, Marketing Director, at Boston Green Goods, Inc. at