When I first moved here, I had a dehumidifier in the basement. It worked great and kept it dry. At some point it broke and due to incredible sloth and laziness, it has taken me about five years to replace it. I just got a Frigidaire, Energy Star, 50 pint model from Home Depot online (delivered to my door, thank you very much). I’ve hooked it up for constant drainage with an old bit of garden hose (and propped it on an old radiator, levelled with some broken tiles — this is a classy operation right here).
In the first three hours of operation, it filled up — 50 pints! So I switched it to the constant drainage. It already smells better and feels dryer and the rugs in the hallway above the basement feel dryer. Why did I wait so long??
This model had great reviews on HomeDepot.com and only cost about $240 with tax (including free delivery, which is really worth it). It has a five year warranty, so when it does die (in five years and one day, no doubt), I’ll plan to replace it toot sweet and not wait forever. One step towards a less gross basement.