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Whole House Dehumidifiers vs. Portable Dehumidifiers: Which are better for Dehumidifying Your Home?


High indoor humidity can have all kinds of effects on your health and your home. In the summer in St. Louis, when the humidity can get really high, your best defense is a dehumidifier. Although a portable dehumidifier might seem like the easiest option, a whole house unit comes with many of its own benefits. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of whole house dehumidifiers vs. portable dehumidifiers?

Portable dehumidifiers

The good:

  • Less expensive to install than whole house units
  • Can be moved from room to room
  • Easy to install

The bad:

  • Can only dehumidify one room or a small section of your home
  • Must be placed in plain view and can get in the way
  • Require more frequent maintenance
  • Are less energy-efficient than whole house units, especially when multiple portable units are used around the home

Whole house dehumidifiers

The good:

  • Can control the humidity levels of your entire home from one unit
  • More effective at removing moisture from the air
  • Hidden with your air conditioner away from sight
  • Work automatically and require very little maintenance

The bad:

  • More expensive to install
  • Require a more complicated installation by an HVAC professional

Whole house dehumidifiers vs. portable dehumidifiers: Conclusion