Choosing A Dehumidifier – What You Need To Know

dehumidifierThe Los Angeles area’s humidity plays a major role in how uncomfortable our summers can get at times. With the right dehumidifier in your home, though, you can enjoy more comfortable conditions and improve your air quality.

Choose the Right Type

The first decision you’ll need to make is whether you want a portable or whole-house dehumidifier. A portable system is the most budget-friendly option and you can set it up yourself. On the downside, a portable model can dehumidify only a small area, such as a bathroom or basement where moisture is a frequent problem. Maintenance is also more time-consuming because you’ll need to empty and clean the device frequently.

To control the humidity throughout your home, a whole-house dehumidifier is a better choice. This device is installed inside your heating and cooling system and removes excess moisture from the air that passes through. The dehumidified air is then moved on to be cooled or heated, and then flow out to your rooms. A whole-house system is connected to your home’s plumbing system or empties into your basement’s floor drain, so you won’t need to empty it. For most models, you’ll only need to clean the system once or twice a year. Whole-house models also run more quietly than portable models.

While there are several types of whole-house dehumidification systems available, for most homes, a heat pump system is the most effective. These work in essentially the same way as a heat pump.

Calculate the Capacity You Need

You’ll also need to determine the capacity you need from your dehumidifier. The capacity of these systems is measured in pints and based on how much moisture they can extract from the air in 24 hours. The right capacity for you depends on the size of your home and your humidity levels. For example, in a 2000 sq. ft. home with moderately humid conditions, a capacity of 22 pints should be sufficient.

If high humidity is a frequent problem in your home, talk with is at Reliance Home Services in the Los Angeles area.