Here in North Carolina, it can be challenging to maintain control over the humidity in our homes. Installing a home dehumidifier is a great way to combat the sticky, stuffy feeling in homes with high humidity. Because indoor humidity can affect everything from your family’s mood to how long your wooden furniture will last, it is important to carefully consider and compare your indoor air quality options.

One of the most common questions we get asked is "Does a portable dehumidifier work in North Carolina?". Our answer? Yes and No. While these systems are ideal for temporary solutions in a small or confined space, they aren’t always the best for North Carolina homes. We’ll show you why.

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Whole-Home Dehumidifier vs Portable Dehumidifier

In order to make the best choice for you and your family, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the differences between a whole-home dehumidifier and a portable dehumidifier and know how to decide which one is right for your home.

Whole-Home Dehumidifiers

There are a number of reasons why a whole-home dehumidifier installation appeals to so many people. When comparing home dehumidifiers, a whole-home system is a winner every time. These systems offer higher energy efficiency, lower long-term costs, and incredible convenience. By choosing a whole-home dehumidifier installation, you can effortlessly control the humidity level of your entire home.

For homes with someone with respiratory or immune-related issues, as well as, allergy sufferers— a whole-home system can also help to alleviate the environmental factors that may aggravate or worsen these conditions. This type of system also works automatically, so you won’t have to constantly remember whether it’s plugged in and turned on or not.

It’s important to note that while a whole-home dehumidifier offers a wide variety of benefits, some homeowners may view the higher up-front cost as a drawback. The key to choosing a whole-home dehumidifier comes in knowing that it is a long-term, energy-efficient solution.

Curious about installing a whole-home dehumidifier in your home near Gastonia or Charlotte? Contact us today to learn more!

Portable Dehumidifiers

North Carolinians who are considering dehumidification options for their home may find it tempting to choose a portable system based on cost alone. These can generally be found in most hardware and big box stores for as little as $200. Unfortunately, this decision could cost you much more than purchase and installation price in the long run!

Portable dehumidifiers are typically limited to dehumidifying one room at a time. If you need to dehumidify more than one room in your home or benefit more than one family member, it’s important to consider the added costs of purchasing additional units for each area of your home.

These types of systems are also more prone to mold and mildew growth. This means you’ll be spending a considerable amount of time and money for maintenance and care for the lifetime of the system.

How to Choose the Right System for Your North Carolina Home

Ultimately, choosing a home dehumidifier will basically come down to what matters most to you – cost or effectiveness. While it has a higher initial cost, a whole-home dehumidifier will provide your home and family with higher efficiency, improved comfort of the entire home, lower utility costs, longer more reliable performance, and long-term expenses.

Located in Gastonia, Unique Air Heating & Cooling offers professional HVAC services throughout the areas of Alexis, Belmont, Charlotte, Cornelius, Cramerton, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Lowell, Matthews, McAndeville, Mount Holly, Pineville, Ranlo, and Stanly, NC.

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