There are many options when it comes to home dehumidifiers. As such, you need to find the best dehumidifier that fits your requirements and lifestyle.

There are several dehumidifier sizes from which to choose. For a smaller room, you may want a 30-pint capacity that holds about 9.5 pints of water in its reservoir tank to much larger units that hold 17.5 pints or more. The size of the unit needs to match the requirements of the room. For example, a larger room would need a larger dehumidifier. A smaller room requires a smaller unit.

Some reservoir tanks need to be emptied manually and then there are drainage hoses that empty the water collected automatically. Several dehumidifier brands make units that come with an external hookup for a drainage hose, but they do not all come with the hoses as a standard feature. If you dislike emptying the tank by hand, purchase a model with the external drainage hookup along with the hose, then let the dehumidifier empty manually into an existing drain.

Washable air filters are good because they do not have to be discarded and replaced. As the name suggests, you simply wash the filter when it becomes soiled. A clean filter does not tax the unit and helps it work more efficiently.

Automatic on/off switches make for efficient energy use. When the unit’s reservoir tank is full or if the desired humidity level is reached, the unit will shut off automatically. If it gets humid again, the unit will switch on. Most dehumidifiers come with an automatic on/off switch.

Energy efficient dehumidifiers can save you hundreds of dollars per year, especially if you live in a humid environment. Dehumidifiers with Energy Star qualification are made to save at least 10% in energy usage over those without Energy Star.

Lastly, shop smart. At the beginning of spring through the summer, manufacturers come out with the new models. Shop during the fall and winter to get the best deals.

If you do a little research and shop at the best time of year, you will be able to find the best dehumidifier for your needs. In addition, make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck by making a list of your priorities and preferences in a dehumidifier, then go shopping.

Using a dehumidifier will save you a bundle in home- and health-related costs over the length of its life.