What to Consider When Purchasing a Dehumidifier

Humidity in Asheville, NC

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the ideal indoor humidity is 30% to 50% relative. With the humidity around Asheville typically staying above 60% throughout the year, you may need to consider options to help control it around your home. Take the following into account as you consider purchasing your next dehumidifier.

Dehumidifying Capacity

One of the first things you need to consider is the amount of moisture a particular unit can remove from the air. There are two measures of capacity you’ll want to investigate. The first is the number of pints per 24 hours the unit can remove when operating at peak performance. The second is the lowest humidity the unit can achieve for the given space.

Serviceable Area

Next, you need to consider the total area size the unit can service. A big part of this consideration is the amount of air it can move through and around the unit.

Does It Have an Automatic Drain?

Consider whether the unit will need periodic emptying or it has a drain. If it has a drain, make sure to investigate whether it comes with a hose or you’ll need to acquire one in addition to the unit.

Is There a Condensate Pump?

Most small units that have an automatic drain are gravity-fed, so the unit will need to remain close to the drain in your home. If you need the unit to drain into an elevated sink or tub, it will need a pump built into the unit.

Whole-House or Room Model?

Finally, consider your home’s needs and whether a simple room model will suffice or you’ll need a whole-house model. If you want better coverage for your entire home, consider a model that installs as part of your HVAC system.

Property owners around Asheville have turned to 1st Choice Service Group Heating & Air since 2007 for the right solutions to their air quality needs. Our team of experts provides indoor air quality solutions such as humidity control in addition to heating and cooling installation, maintenance and repair and a full range of residential electrical services. Call to schedule a consultation with one of our air quality specialists today!