Portable vs. Whole-House Dehumidifiers: The Pros & Cons

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If you don’t have any sort of dehumidification system, you’re doing your home’s structure, your furniture and your health a disservice. Too much moisture in your home, especially during the warmer summer months, can cause severe problems. It’s time to take greater control, but which type of dehumidifier is right for you? Find out below:

Whole-Home Dehumidifiers

Pros:

  • Automatically controls humidity in your home

  • Up to 4 times more energy-efficient than portable models

  • No need to empty buckets full of water

  • Most models have better air filters than portable models

  • Much quieter operation

Cons:

  • More expensive up-front

  • Complex installation (requires a professional)

  • Difficult to take with you if you sell your house

Portable Dehumidifiers

Pros:

  • Controls humidity in one large room or area

  • Less expensive

  • Portable

  • Very quick installation

  • Most models are equipped with digital controls

Cons:

  • Loud operation and is visible at all times

  • Only controls humidity in a designated area

  • Have to empty condensate bucket or attach a hose for continuous use

  • Uses more energy during operation

If your home has damp or musty areas (such as in kitchens and basements) or you've noticed condensation pooling on window sills and walls then you probably have too much humidity in your home. A dehumidification solution will help reduce the levels of humidity and provide greater comfort. Call and speak with the experts at Uptown Air Conditioning today!