Dehumidifiers that help prevent mold and decay

Dry your damp space.

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Protect your paper goods and keep allergies at bay.Priscilla Du Preez via Unsplash

Excess moisture can cause a host of problems when it’s trapped indoors: it deteriorates books and photos and fuels harmful mold growth. That's why dehumidifiers, or small appliances that pull water from the air in indoor spaces, exist. Investing in a dehumidifier can ensure the longevity of heirlooms, help keep dust mite allergies at bay, reduce mold risk, and make your home or office more comfortable. Dehumidifiers are also key if you’ve had flooding and as a result, have a basement that’s soaked to the studs. Here are three options to consider if you have a damp space that needs drying out.

Seavon Electric Mini Dehumidifier

Seavon Electric Mini Dehumidifier
The best budget option.Amazon

If you’re working with a damp bathroom, closet, laundry room, office, or other small space, you won’t need anything bigger than this affordable Seavon mini dehumidifier. Don’t let its small stature fool you (it’s just over 2 pounds), this model works great for rooms up to 156 square feet in size and pulls up to 9 ounces of moisture from the air daily. The machine shuts off automatically when the tank is full and a red LED light lets you know it’s time to empty the water. It also operates at around 40 decibels, about the same amount of noise that a refrigerator generates.

LG High Efficiency PuriCare 70-Pint Dehumidifier

LG High Efficiency PuriCare 70-Pint Dehumidifier
Customize your room’s humidity and save on energy.Amazon

The best thing about this model is the desired humidity setting. Not only does it display the current air humidity (between 25 and 90 percent), but it allows you to keep excess moisture from building up without going overboard and making the air too dry. The PuriCare best suits rooms up to 2,000 square feet, so it’s perfect for basements and wide open common spaces. The water tank holds roughly 1.5 gallons and can be hooked up to a hose that drains the tank directly into a floor drain. It’s also Energy Star-rated, meaning you’ll save money on electricity bills.

Tosot 70 Pint Dehumidifier with Pump

Tosot 70 Pint Dehumidifier with Pump
Great for drying out the basement after a flood or if you live in an especially steamy climate.Amazon

This Tosot dehumidifier has an internal pump, meaning you can drain the water tank in any direction––including up and out of a window––via the 15-foot drainage hose (included). That’s a particularly helpful feature given that this model can pull up to nine gallons of water from a 4,500-square-foot space in a single day.