Dehumidification has become part and parcel of our lives today due to weather conditions that favor high humidity levels. Dehumidifiers have been a great invention so far. Whole house dehumidifiers seek to ease the dehumidification process. Instead of having smaller units that have to be scattered or moved from one room to another, why not have a single unit for the entire home. We are going to look at what whole house dehumidifiers do and how they are better than the many smaller units. Watch out for the best of these in the market and the others that are not worth a second look.
Unlike the portable dehumidifiers that we are all used to, whole home dehumidifiers work to remove moisture from your entire home. Because of this they are not moved from one place to another, but rather are connected to existing or new cooling/heating/air conditioning systems. This is because these units are larger in size than their portable counterparts. Basically a whole house dehumidifier will be your central dehumidifier unit.
What to do before purchasing a whole home dehumidifier
You’ll be forgiven for overlooking the size factor when shopping for whole house dehumidifiers. These units are barely small in size and only have few variations from one another. One best and sure way to get a whole home dehumidifier that will annihilate your moisture troubles, is to read online for whole house dehumidifier reviews. There is not much these reviews can offer in terms of what is the best whole house dehumidifier, but you could gain from good and well written home dehumidifier reviews like this.
There are a few things to look out for before purchasing a unit for your whole home dehumidification project. However, preparation is necessary before getting your home dehumidification unit from the market. Attempt fixing your poor drainage or poor bathroom setup first because they could be the cause for the elevated humidity levels. Examine your humidity situation and check out the other house systems like voltage and furnace placement and determine whether your dehumidification unit will be compatible with them. Also identify the most affected areas and take measurements of your whole house to determine what amount of moisture you need dehumidified in a day.
I love being practical and careful to get what I want. This also goes for me when I’m picking a whole house dehumidifier. There is a host of them in the market but here I sampled just a few. I was particularly impressed by the Santa Fe Impact Basement & Whole House Dehumidifier (4032230) that seemed to be the perfect product. Apart from covering an area of over 2500sq. ft. this product stands out from the rest with a somewhat positive review (though just one; probably because it is a new one of a kind product).
This is worth taking a note considering the other Santa Fe whole house dehumidifier is poorly rated. It has a gravity drainage, works quietly, disperses humid air from two sides (how cool), automatic humidity control, and is a 105-pint machine. It goes for a much higher price as you might expect; $2,030, but looking at what it can do, then it is worth your money.
I also took note of the Aprilaire 1850 Dehumidifier 115V Ductable Whole House-95Pint/Day. This is a somewhat big portable unit that is highly modified to deal with insane humidity levels. It doesn’t work quite sensationally like the Santa Fe I just descried, but, if you would like to save a few dollars, then it is definitely the product for you. It goes for $1,350.80 (amazon.com price). The other Santa Fe (Santa Fe Compact 2 & Santa Fe RX) and Aprilaire (Aprilaire 1850F Non-ductable) products are also suitable for whole house dehumidification but their reviews do no not do them any favor.
Go into the whole house dehumidifier market and purchase a unit that will compliment your desires as well as give you peace of mind. Go for the quiet units with automatic controls that are easy to operate and can last for a foreseeable future. Remember to also purchase a dehumidifier from a trusted manufacturer and look out for perks like warranty tokens and repair possibilities.
A whole house dehumidifier cost is higher compared to the other compatible single room units. This is really not a surprise considering the amount of work they are required to do and the level of success expected from them. These units are quite easy to maintain because once you pipe them with your drainage or air circulation systems and power them on, you can forget about them and they will continue perfectly. They will definitely consume higher power voltages at first but once they are up and running then they will resume normal power consumption. Note that the whole house dehumidifier installation requires some level of expertise and if you suspect that you are not quite savvy with this kind of work, then it is always safe to contact experts for help.