Most of our readers are probably suffering from the adverse effects of winter's cold and dry air right now (see our humidifier roundup). But conversely, there's one thing that anyone living in a humid environment will appreciate: a good dehumidifier. It's always surprising to discover the amount of moisture that can be extracted from ambient air, and these machines will keep your basements and apartments smelling clean.
Frigidaire FAD704DUD 70 Pint Dehumidifier
This 70-pint dehumidifier is Energy Star-compliant, and will dehumidify any room by 70 pints a day. It can work continually when it is located near a suitable drain. The filter can be washed and it removes both moisture as well as airborne particulates. ($209)
This dehumidifier captures moisture effectively quietly. Users report only hearing the fan work, and it's quite small for a dehumidifier, so it won't take up much space. It will not be able to make a difference if your home is very humid but it will do well in a boat, RV, or smaller apartment. ($48.98)
DampRid is a good way of getting rid of moisture without purchasing an extra appliance. The packets work for any kinds of rooms, like bathrooms, laundry rooms, closets, bedrooms, storage spaces, and more. They will reduce humidity to a level where mold and mildew can no longer grow, and will eliminate musty odors. Every couple of weeks, the inside needs to be dumped and a packet needs to be replaced. (starts at $2.99)
Check out this post that has some good dehumidifiers to keep your place free and clear of odors.
While using your air conditioner to dehumidify isn't the most energy-efficient way, it can save you the cost of buying a new appliance. Most ACs have a built-in dehumidifying function, and they will quickly get rid of the stale and musty odors of your place. This will also make your place somewhat chillier, as we've noticed the temperature drop by 1 to 3 degrees while the dehumidifier was functioning.