PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – If you need a dehumidifier, now is a good time to buy one. The new federal energy standards mean dehumidifiers use a lot less energy than they used to.

So, if you have an older model, it could be worth replacing.

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Consumer Reports recently tested 21 dehumidifiers. Almost all meet their claims for water removal and are very energy efficient.

Convenience is important. When the bin fills up, a dehumidifier will automatically shut off, but you’ll need to empty it. For large units in a big, damp space, that can be twice each day.

To make life easier, look for a dehumidifier with a hose connection so that you can run a hose to the floor drain. But if you don’t have a floor drain, some dehumidifiers—including the top-rated, large-capacity Kenmore Elite 54571—have a pump that can move the water up to a utility sink.

It costs $330 at Sears. It’s a great choice for a damp basement or other large, wet area, and it’s one of the quietest models tested.

Among midsized dehumidifiers, the $200 GE ADEW50LR from Walmart is a Consumer Reports Best Buy. Like the Kenmore, it has an auto-restart feature if your power goes out.

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Other dehumidifiers that Consumer Reports recommends:

Large-capacity units:

  • Frigidaire FAD704DWD, $250
  • Danby DDR60A3GP, $250

Medium-capacity units:

  • Kenmore 54550, $230
  • GE ADEH50LR (Sam’s Club), $250
  • GE ADEL50LR (Home Depot), $220

For more information on dehumidifiers from Consumer Reports, click here: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/dehumidifiers.htm

No matter which dehumidifier you have, keep the filters clean and set it 12 to 14 inches from the wall.

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