I bought a dehumidifier four years ago for my basement and am sad to say that as of this past week, my dehumidifier has died. I have been doing some research online and it seems that most only work for 2-3 years unlike the 10+ years of use for older models. Being that it is now quickly approaching winter it is incredibly hard to find a dehumidifier in stores since they are stocking up with heaters and humidifiers.
The air in my basement tends to feel damp so it is imperative that I have a dehumidifier running year-round so that mold doesn't grow. My old model allowed water to empty from the back and was pretty light and quiet so a new model has to also have these features. The dehumidifier that I'm looking at is a 50-Pint GE model that seems to be quiet, is an Energy Star appliance and has a hose that allows the water to empty directly from the unit without any intervention (read: effort) on my part.
I'm trying to talk J into getting one since when you walk into his home it smells musty - a sign that the basement is too damp. Do any of you use a dehumidifier in your basement year-round or just in the warmer months?