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Whole Home Versus Portable Dehumidifiers For Lexington Homes

Jun 20, 2017
Lexington Humidity Control | Climate Control

You know that summer in Lexington can bring suffocating humidity – often peaking at 82% during the day.  Did you also know that that humidity can damage your home?  Humidity levels that are consistently above 70% invite corrosion, decay and infestation where you live.  What is the best way to protect against the havoc caused by this excess moisture? 

Dehumidifiers are an ideal solution to keeping outrageous moisture levels in check indoors.  Choosing between a portable unit and a whole home unit can be tough – here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Pros of Whole House Dehumidifiers:

  • Controls humidity throughout the entire home
  • Does not take up living space
  • Quieter
  • More energy efficient
  • Hassle-free maintenance
  • Last longer
  • Better warranties

Cons of Whole House Dehumidifiers:

  • Initial purchase is more expensive
  • Professional installation recommended
  • Difficult to move from house to house

As the name implies, whole house dehumidifiers are a complete home solution for managing moisture.  They can be considered an investment in protecting both your home and your belongings against the corrosive effects of excess moisture.

Pros of Portable Room Dehumidifiers:

  • Inexpensive
  • Can effectively control humidity in smaller, continuous areas
  • Portable
  • Quick installation

Cons of Portable Room Dehumidifiers:

  • Usually don’t last as long
  • Louder
  • Have to empty water collected
  • Less energy efficient usually

Portable units can be an attractive option at first, but keep in mind that they might not be up to the task of keeping the moisture in your home under control.  They only offer protection for a limited area.  Portable dehumidifiers take up room in your living space and it may be hard to ignore the noise they create.

How to Choose a Dehumidifier

How do you know which type of dehumidifier is best for you?  Consider the size of your space, and the climate of your area.  Lexington averages 70% humidity throughout the year, so your home is within range for being likely to see damage to your home from the excessive moisture.

Our professionals at Climate Control can help you determine what best fits your needs.  Call today for help with your questions!

About The Author

Dan Detmer
Dan Detmer is the owner of Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan purchased Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning based on their strong reputation in the Lexington community.If you have any questions feel free to tweet @HVACClimate and we will get right back with you!
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