The crawl spaces under our houses are vulnerable to a lot of things, chief among which is usually high humidity.
High humidity in your home’s crawl space or basement can lead to a lot of unpleasant consequences, such as mold problems, pests, structural damage, heavy odors, allergy triggers, and more. As a result, taking proper care of your crawl space and basement's moisture problems is one of the most important things any home owner should do. Yet, a lot of people neglect to do so.
Closing up your crawl space is one of the several highly effective and energy efficient ways to make sure your home is more comfortable and healthy. However, if you opt for closing your crawl space, you still need to take care of its humidity and ventilation first. Simply insulating your crawl space without taking care of its humidity can be as disastrous as leaving it as it is.
So, how does one go about dehumidifying their crawl space? There are a ton of dehumidifiers on the market, but they are all designed for different things and different rooms. What distinguishes a crawl space dehumidifier from any other? There are several key things to consider:
So, which are our top 5 picks for best crawl space dehumidifiers on the market right now? We will list them below for your convenience, but you don’t need to constrain yourself to just those 5 models – the market offers a lot of different options for a lot of different basements and crawl spaces. We hope our list at least gives you a good starting point for what you are looking for, if not an outright decision as to what to purchase.
This Sentinel HD55 model from AlorAir is our starting pick for a crawl space dehumidifier. It has an Energy Star rating which alone demonstrates its capabilities. It is suitable for much more than just a crawl space – it can also perform well in a basement, a warehouse, an office, an apartment or a shop, and other such places.
As a 55 pint dehumidifier, the Sentinel HD55 has a coverage area of around 1300 square feet, depending on the humidity levels. This is a nice average power level which can cover both smaller but highly damp spaces, as well as larger, but not so damp ones.
A dehumidifier such as this one will be of great help in battling mold, mildew, heavy odors, or corrosion, which are so easy to form and develop in a crawl space.
Runner-Up: AlorAir Sentinel HDi90 Basement / Crawl Space Dehumidifier
Next on our list is another AlorAir model – the Sentinel HDi90. The chief difference you will notice immediately from our previous entry is the fact that this is a 90 pint dehumidifier. As such, this model easily covers much bigger areas than the smaller Sentinel model and most other dehumidifiers.
This unit is designed for huge crawl spaces – with its 90 pint power and 210 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) coverage, the HDi90 is the perfect option for any space up to 2,600 square feet. And the great thing is that even with its immense power, the HDi90 is still surprisingly efficient. With a 2.88 L/kWh and only 5.56 amps the HDi90 will do its job both as effectively as possible and as efficiently as possible.
Another great option for big crawl spaces, this Dri Eaz compact model pumps 75 pints of water from the air every 24 hours. It has two different operating modes – humidistat and continuous operation.
The humidistat mode works by maximizing moisture removal efficiency. It maintains a preset humidity level and adjusts its operation accordingly to the current humidity levels.
The continuous operation mode is exactly what it sounds like – you set the dehumidifier to work continuously at one power setting until you say otherwise. This is ideal when you want to drop the humidity levels as fast as possible with zero downtime.
It also comes with an included 40’ drain hose, a 25’ power cord and a 3M HAF filter. This little dehumidifying dynamo displays real time inlet and outlet temperature and relative humidity and has a built-in humidistat.
It is much smaller than other models of its power class, making it great for crawl spaces and other small places where its work might be required. It is also much easier to transport if you need it for more than one place.
Last but not least on our list is this Ivation 70 pint dehumidifier. This IVALDH70PW model is a more standard type of dehumidifier, one that would fit well inside the home as well, not just in a basement.
Its specifications make it perfectly suited for a crawl space too, however, which is why we have to mention it. If you are looking for a dehumidifier which would need to temporarily be used in a basement or crawl space but can be moved inside your home after that, this Ivation model is the perfect option.
It is powerful enough to easily take care for all the mold, mildew, dust, allergens, and odors in any crawl space or home of up to 4500 square feet of space (depending on the level of dampness too, of course). It has a programmable humidistat, a hose connector, an auto shutoff and auto restart function, as well as a bright and easy to use LED display. It’s not the quietest dehumidifier on the market, but for a crawl space that doesn’t really matter.
And there are our 5 suggestions for crawl space and basement dehumidifiers. Depending on the size of your crawl space, as well as its needs, different devices can be better suited than others.
You might have noticed that we included the Ivation 70 pint model in this review for its versatility – it isn't specifically designed as a basement or crawl space dehumidifier but it might be a good choice for those who live in smaller homes and don't need such a heavy duty option.
If you are indeed looking for a general guide to dehumidifiers - we suggest that you check out one of our other articles.