The basement in our house has always been excessively damp. We’ve tried digging drainage lines around the exterior perimeter of the home. The people I was with and I invested a fortune into many types of sump pumps. Nothing seemed to work, and mold and musty odors were a constant problem. I didn’t dare store anything in the basement, and the abundance of moisture continued to impact the lifespan and reliability of the water tank, washer, dryer, and heating equipment. The smell and moisture infiltrated the house through the heating and cooling vents, causing condensation on windows, bacterial growth and greater demand on the a/c. I finally did some research into dehumidifiers and found that portable units are not overly expensive. I was able to go online, order a dehumidifier and have it delivered right to our doorstep. The component was not heavy or cumbersome, and was truly self-explanatory to set up. Because of the damp basement floor, I read the dehumidifier up on blocks to protect it. I removed the packaging, jammed it in and hit the power button, then the dehumidifier is exceptionally quiet and allows myself and others to customize the level of humidity. It offers the option between collecting water in a reservoir or affixing a hose for continual flow into a drain in the basement floor. Within a few minutes, I observed a difference in the basement. After running the dehumidifier for a couple of months, the basement is now totally dry, and I have far less issues with bugs, smells and mildew in the house. This small component has actually improved indoor air quality, cleanliness and comfort.