By: Brian Schutt
It’s July in Indianapolis, and that means humidity levels are at their highest. Do you have a basement or crawl space? Have you noticed it’s gotten much damper in these spaces lately? You might be interested to learn about the Aprilaire 1850 Dehumidifier. I’m confident you’ll enjoy the results, as nearly everyone who gets one says that, within 5-7 days, it has dried out their homes to comfortable and healthy levels. (A relative humidity (RH) level below 60% will not cause mold or mildew to grow.)
How to Install the Whole-Home Dehumidifier Unit
There are many different ways to install and utilize the Aprilaire 1850. The dehumidifier includes a drain pipe that can be run down to a floor drain, connected to the plumbing, or pumped outside. The unit can be plugged into existing wall plugs or connected to a dedicated circuit. And the only maintenance required is cleaning the filter annually.
The dehumidifier can simply be placed in the crawl space or basement. Once in position, the unit will lower the humidity in those areas and throughout the entire house—as those areas are the source of humidity in the whole home.
How Homesense Heating & Cooling Can Optimize the Aprilaire 1850
The installation can be optimized for specific purposes, with optimization falling into two categories:
- Ducting: Because output air is warm and basements can be chilly, some of our clients will want to duct the warm output air to a frequently used room in the lower level. Alternately, the system can be ducted to bring in fresh, outdoor air or connected to the entire home’s duct system.
- Controls: The system has a built-in controller with a humidity sensor in the air intake. If the system is ducted to bring warm air to a room, it makes sense to put a control in that room. If it’s connected to your duct system for the whole house, it makes sense to get a new thermostat—one that works with the air conditioner and dehumidifier together.
How the Aprilaire 1850 Compares to Portable Dehumidifier
The Aprilaire 1850’s performance and reliability have earned it outstanding reviews from just about everyone who gets them. They might seem expensive ($2,500, plus any optimization) if you’re comparing them to portable humidifiers found in local hardware stores (appx. $250). However, the units do fall on opposite ends of the spectrum, so they’re difficult to compare.
The Aprilaire 1850 removes 95 pints per day of water from your air, compared to 70 or so from a portable unit. These metrics, though, don’t tell the entire story. For starters, the portable dehumidifier might need its condensate bucket to be emptied several times per day to reach the 70 pints per day level. Simply put, the Aprilaire outperforms portable humidifiers in every way. It’s more reliable, safer, and super quiet. It also has ultra-low maintenance needs and can be optimized.
If you frequently use your basement and find it cool but damp, if you have mold or mildew growing in your basement or crawlspace, or if your wood floors are starting to buckle, you might be a great candidate for the Aprilaire 1850. Give Homesense Heating & Cooling a call at (317) 458-9255 or contact us today!