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Pros & Cons of Dehumidifier's

Dehumidifier Comfort Impact

A whole-home dehumidifier brings down indoor humidity throughout your house to a comfortable, healthy level of 40-50 percent (slightly lower in winter to prevent window condensation problems). As a result, you’ll be able to save energy by setting your AC higher in summer while you still enjoy cool home comfort.

A portable dehumidifier is capable of treating only a small area. It can reduce the indoor relative humidity in just 1 or 2 rooms and won’t have much impact on your hot-weather comfort level.

Dehumidifier Placement

A whole home dehumidifier is discreetly tucked away, making it more discreet both in appearance and in noise level.

A portable dehumidifier takes up floor space and sits out in plain view, which many folks find unattractive. It can also be quite noisy. However, a portable unit might be the best option if you need to dehumidify only a small area or you do not have ductwork in your home.

Dehumidifier Capacity

Whole-home dehumidifiers have capacities from 33 up to 62 litres. The size you will need depends on two factors: the size of your home and the percentage of humidity in your indoor air.

Portable dehumidifiers are available in capacities ranging from 14 to 33 litres.

Dehumidifier Cost

A whole-home dehumidifier will cost more to purchase and will need professional installation because it’s a more complex and effective appliance.

A portable dehumidifier is less expensive to buy and needs no installation.

Which Wins?

Whole-home dehumidifiers score better than portables in almost every category. As a result, they are ideal for medium to large houses with existing ductwork, which need high-quality humidity control throughout.

On the other hand, portable dehumidifiers are much more affordable, making them a practical solution for smaller spaces or ductless homes.

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