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Why Invest in a Whole-House Dehumidifier Rather Than a Portable One

Portable dehumidifier in the edge of a room.

Portable dehumidifiers are attractive because they’re cheap, small, and can usually fit on your coffee table. Anyone who has used a portable dehumidifier before knows that the inconsistencies and lack of effectiveness really bring life to the old saying,”You get what you pay for.”

A whole-house dehumidifier offers an intense level of control over your home’s humidity. You can control the humidity in each room of your house, eliminating the need for a portable unit in the first place. Here’s what you need to know.

Better Air Filtration

Even higher-end portable dehumidifiers don’t filter through your air the same way that whole-house units do. Portable dehumidifiers are primarily trying to pull moisture from the air, but air quality isn’t high on the totem pole of concerns. When your whole-house dehumidifier is working in tandem with your air filtration and HVAC system, you create an ecosystem of machines that clean the air, cool you, and maintain a sub-50% room humidity level all at the same time.

No Indoor Heat Exhaust

Most portable dehumidifiers aren’t venting hot air outside of your home. Even if they do, it’s through one of those tricky window vents that look awful from the outside. Most dehumidifiers push hot air into your room, which makes your HVAC system work harder and may add more humidity to the air.

Integrated whole-house dehumidifiers actually work with your central air conditioning and can even help reduce the stress on your AC at the same time. Less heat, better cooling. What’s there to really consider about portable dehumidifiers anymore?

Hands-Free Tray Draining

Moisture is pulled from the air, so it has to go somewhere. Portable dehumidifiers have a small tray built into them that collects moisture. You pull the tray out, drain the water, and replace it so the dehumidifier can keep working.

With whole-house units, they can be designed to filter that water straight into your drains. You never have to worry about emptying a tray, and annual maintenance will take care of drain line clogs and flushing. It’s as hands-free as it gets for a dehumidifier.

Not Noticeable

Let’s be blunt here for a moment: portable dehumidifiers are an eyesore. There’s no instance where they improve the aesthetics of a room. Whole-house dehumidifiers are tucked away in a spot that’s out of sight, out of mind.

Beyond having to look at portable dehumidifiers, you also have to listen to them. They produce white noise (in a bad way) that can be distracting. Whole-house dehumidifiers are so quiet you don’t even realize they’re running.

All-In for the Whole House

You can get a portable dehumidifier and test it if you want, but there’s little chance that you’ll find it sufficient in pulling humidity out of the air in your home. Whole-house units are the best way to control your home’s humidity and comfort. It plays second to none.

Contact us today to make an appointment to install your whole-house dehumidifier as soon as possible and begin enjoying a heightened level of comfort.

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