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What Do I Need to Know Before Buying a Dehumidifier?

Do you have a problem with mold or mildew in your home? Do some rooms in your house have a musty or stale odor? If so, it’s time to consider purchasing a dehumidifier. In truth, a dehumidifier can benefit nearly all property owners. But, let’s face it, buying appliances isn’t always fun.

We understand that buying a new appliance can be overwhelming and confusing. Let us help you make an informed decision with some dehumidifier basics.

What To Know About Dehumidifiers Prior to Purchase

Dehumidifiers work by using a fan to trap the excess moisture in the air that can lead to mold and bacteria growth that cause undesirable odors. The moisture is then condensed into water droplets that are stored in a bucket or drain through a hose attached to your dehumidifier. Finally, the dry air is released back into the room. This process decreases the amount of moisture and humidity in the air and improves the overall air quality of your home.

Dehumidifiers come in all different sizes, makes, and models. The dehumidifier you choose must fit your needs. Make your choice after considering several key factors, including:

  • The size of the space you wish to dehumidify
  • Your relative humidity goals
  • The weather patterns in your area
  • Your budget

For example, if you live in a very humid climate, you might want to consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier to service your entire living space. However, if you live in a relatively dry climate, you will not need to use your dehumidifier as often, so a smaller, portable dehumidifier will probably do the trick.

Portable dehumidifiers come in a variety of sizes that have different moisture removal capacities. Dehumidifier capacity is measured in pints of moisture removed from the air per 24-hour period. For example, we recommend a dehumidifier with a 40-70 pint capacity for very damp residential use. A moderately damp space will only require a 24-50 pint capacity. Any dehumidifier with more than a 70 pint capacity is generally geared toward commercial use.

How to Buy a Dehumidifier

Ready to take the dehumidifier plunge? Not sure where to begin your dehumidifier search? Begin asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Is a portable dehumidifier right for you?
    A portable dehumidifier can be moved throughout your home and is best for dehumidifying a single room. Smaller and less expensive than whole-house models, a portable dehumidifier is less powerful but is a practical solution for isolated, occasional dehumidifying.
  2. What is your drain plan?
    Portable dehumidifiers drain either through a hose or into a reservoir. Consider where you’re most likely to use a portable dehumidifier. Is it practical to think you’ll empty the reservoir regularly? If not, be sure to opt for a model with a drain hose attachment. If convenience is a factor, a whole-house dehumidifier can be configured to automatically drain outside the house, into a utility sink, or down your home’s main drain line.
  3. What kind of investment are you willing to make?
    Dehumidifiers come in a variety of makes and models, with prices ranging from $200 for a small portable unit to upwards of $3,000 for a high-end whole-house dehumidifier. Higher quality dehumidifiers tend to be quieter and more efficient. Take your time in choosing the dehumidifier that’s right for your household.

Aire Serv® is your go-to for all things HVAC and air quality. Contact your local team to learn more about the dehumidifying options best suited for your home.

Breathe Easy with Help from Aire Serv

A dehumidifier is a big investment. Buying a dehumidifier before you have all the facts can lead to disappointment. Let Aire Serv help you make the right decision for your home. We’re experts in portable and whole-house models and can help you learn exactly what you need to know about dehumidifiers to make an informed purchase. Call (855) 679-0011 or request an appointment online today and let Aire Serv take care of all your professional indoor air quality service needs.

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