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Whole Home v. Portable Dehumidifiers – Which is Right for My Cincinnati Home?

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Summer in Cincinnati means heavy air thick with moisture. In fact, humidity levels in Cincinnati are 70% on average and can reach 80% in the peak afternoon hours. Consistent humidity levels over 70% can translate to a whole host of problems indoors – including corrosion, decay, dust mite, termite and other infestation and other deterioration. Dehumidifiers can help – how do you know whether you need a portable unit or a whole home system?

Portable Dehumidifiers vs. Whole Home Dehumidifiers

Often homeowners are tempted to buy a small portable dehumidifier and assume they’re covered. Cheaper isn’t always better though. It’s important to know the options, as that small unit probably isn’t making much of a difference.

What might seem like an easy fix is really only “fixing” the air within the room the unit is in. The rest of the house – drywall, insulation, carpets, furniture – is still retaining the summer moisture.

Other disadvantages of portable units include:

  • Operate more loudly
  • Require more maintenance
  • Less energy efficient
  • Shorter useful lifespan
  • Have to empty the collected water

Whole Home Dehumidifiers Are the Best Choice

A better alternative is a whole home dehumidifier. They give you the ability to automatically control humidity throughout your home, while being out of sight and with less noise. Whole home systems often have better air filters and hassle-free maintenance. They also have to be replaced less often.

Deciding which type is desirable for your home depends on your needs. If you only need relief temporarily and in one room, a portable humidifier may work. For moisture control throughout your home, a system designed to do that may be a better option.

Professional Installation

The experts at Nelson Comfort are seeing more customers choosing whole home dehumidifiers. They get sick of buying portable units over and over again and find that a larger system works better at keeping their homes comfortable year-round.

Call us today to have your questions about dehumidifiers answered. We specialize in selecting and installing the right whole home dehumidification unit for your home.

About The Author


Dan Detmer

Dan Detmer is the owner of Nelson Comfort. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors in Dayton, Ohio. 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 joined the Mortimer Heating & Cooling team in Cincinnati, where he had called home and become part of the community for several years. After a short period of time Dan purchased the company and created what is today, Nelson Comfort. Today he operates a company based on integrity, honesty, and stellar customer service. If you have any questions feel free to tweet (at sign) NelsonComfort and we will get right back with you!

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