What benefits a whole house dehumidifier can bring to you and your family?
A whole house dehumidifier is perfect if you want your entire family to benefit from it. While many homes will have a humidifier in a room, this will only benefit those who use the room. Therefore, especially if you want everyone to have the benefits of a dehumidifier at night, then a whole house product is a great investment. By controlling the humidity in your house, no matter what time of day, you can ensure that the air is as dry or moist as you want it. Better air flow, cleaner air, and less bacteria are all benefits of a whole house dehumidifier.
Whole house dehumidifiers are often placed in the basement or crawlspaces, areas that are generally moister than others. When you stop moist air from forming, you can stop mold and wood rot from occurring, thus ensuring the structural integrity of your home.
Features to consider while choosing a whole house dehumidifier
The following are important features to consider before you purchase a whole house dehumidifier.
The performance of a dehumidifier is measured in just how much water is extracted from the air each day. Most products have a dehumidification performance of between 70 and 90 pints. If you live in a particularly humid climate, this performance should be at the higher end so that you can regular the air to a lower humidity level more quickly.
While the name might suggest that a dehumidifier can cover the whole house, there are different sizes of houses that each product is meant for. The AlorAir HDi90 Basement/Crawlspace Dehumidifier and the Aprilaire 1820, for example have coverage areas of 2200 square feet, and are therefore best for apartments or townhouses. The Dri-Eaz F413 Revolution and the Drieaz F515, however, have coverage areas of 7000 square feet, and are perfect for larger homes.
Usually, the larger the coverage area, the more expensive the model is, so be sure to only purchase a dehumidifier for the area that you need, in order to save a few dollars.
CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and refers to the amount of air that a dehumidifier can cycle through at one time. For example, the Aprilaire 1820 has an airflow capacity of 160 CFM and is best for smaller areas, or places that aren’t too humid to begin with. Heavier duty machines, like the AlorAir HDi90 Basement/Crawlspace Dehumidifier can extract a lot more humidity and are meant for very humid climates.
Dimensions and weight
Despite their power, whole house dehumidifiers are actually quite compact in size. Most are rectangular in shape with the largest size usually less than two feet long. It’s always a good idea to measure the space where you want to install your humidifier to make sure that it will fit. Some dehumidifiers that are meant for basements and crawlspaces will have suspension kits available. This way you can attach the device to the wall or ceiling to keep them out of the way but still functioning.
Just be sure that the hose is long enough to attach from the dehumidifier to the drain pipe. This way you won’t have to empty the water reservoir on a daily basis.
The warranty on a whole house dehumidifier can range from one year to five years. Especially if you purchase a dehumidifier with a shorter warranty period, be sure to maintain your product for a large life span. Regular cleaning and replacing of air filters will help give you as much life as possible from your whole house dehumidifier.
Beyond the initial performance of a dehumidifier, extra features can really make a product stand out. If you want to set your dehumidifier and not have to worry about it, then choose one that has an easy-to-read LED or LCD control panel. Some dehumidifiers also come with smart technology so that you can monitor the device from a smart phone and make any adjustments while you are away from the house.