Good Value: GE models sold at Walmart and Home Depot, $200
Top Rated: Kenmore Elite at Sears, $300
If your basement is typically below 65 degrees in winter, look for a model with frost control: otherwise your coils will ice up if you run it during the winter months.
If you find your coils still icing up in the spring, because your basement is still too cool, try placing the unit on a table: the air will be warmer than on the concrete floor. In a worst case scenario, move the unit up to the first floor, and put a fan at the bottom of the basement steps.
As always, don't waste your money.
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