Whole House Dehumidifiers
All homes need humidity control. And in southern climates, they need it year round. Aprilaire has a solution for every size home. From our compact 65-pint unit - perfect for townhomes, condominiums and homes with a closet HVAC system - all the way up to our 135-pint unit for homes that are 4,000 square feet or more. Aprilaire can provide every homeowner the whole-home protection and performance of central dehumidification.
Air conditioning alone can't satisfy your home's humidity requirements. Your air conditioning system is designed to control temperature, not humidity, and only removes humidity as a byproduct of cooling. During the spring and fall seasons when it’s still cool outside but damp inside, your air conditioning isn’t running and your house is uncomfortable — you need an Aprilaire Whole-Home Dehumidifier.
How Does It Work?
Installed as part of your home's heating and cooling system, Aprilaire central dehumidifiers pull air from every room in your home through the return ducts. It removes the moisture and then sends dry air back throughout your home. It works in conjunction with your air conditioner to efficiently balance the humidity levels in your home, but can also work independently on days when you don't need the air conditioner.
An Aprilaire Whole-House Dehumidifier works equally well in new or existing homes, and is truly the complete solution for your home’s excess indoor humidity problems.
Why Do I Need a Whole-House Dehumidifier?
Have you ever experienced any of the following uncomfortable and/or unhealthy conditions:
- Do you have trouble sleeping at night due to clammy skin or stuffiness in the air?
- Have you ever reduced the temperature setting because you're uncomfortable with the stuffy feeling?
- Have your floors or other surfaces ever felt sticky or “sweaty”?
- Are you concerned with mold and mildew growth in your home?
- Do you have musty odors or smells in any area of your home?
- Do you have condensation on your water pipes?
- Have you seen wet stains on walls or ceilings?
- Do you or a family member have allergies (over-moist air can encourage the growth of mold, bacteria, and dust mites—three commonly known household allergens).
Experiencing any of the above conditions can make sleeping and even daily activities miserable — plus some conditions can be hazardous to your family’s health or your home’s furnishings.
FACT: Did you know that dust mites (and their waste products) are one of the most common triggers for allergies and asthma? The Environmental Protection Agency advises keeping your home’s relative humidity between 30-50% to avoid dust mite infestation. Click here to see a chart containing optimum relative humidity ranges to minimize harmful contaminants such as dust mites, fungi and viruses.
“Molds are commonly found in outdoor air. However, any house can develop a mold problem given the right conditions. You might not see it growing on the walls, but it may still be present in your home. Molds require two factors to grow indoors: (1) free moisture that can occur in the form of relative humidity above 50 percent, leakage from pipes or foundations, or any ongoing source of water, and (2) something to grow on.”
“There is no practical way to eliminate all molds indoors; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.”
Portable dehumidifiers treat the air in just one room. To properly control health, comfort and preservation throughout your home, you would need to purchase a portable dehumidifier for every room. In this situation, you would consume more electricity than necessary. A more efficient solution is to have a single, whole-home central dehumidifier installed as part of your home's central heating and cooling system.
Aprilaire Whole-Home Dehumidifiers are located out-of-sight and out of your way with quiet operation, hassle-free maintenance and up to 4 times more energy efficiency than the leading portable dehumidifier! The most efficient and safe way to rid your home of excess humidity is the Aprilaire Whole-Home Dehumidifier.
“Elevated relative humidity at a surface—70 percent or higher—can lead to problems with mold, corrosion, decay and other moisture related deterioration...An elevated relative humidity in carpet and within fabrics can lead to dust mite infestation and mildew (mildew is mold growing on fabrics).”
“As many as 10 percent of the general population and 90 percent of people with allergic asthma are sensitive to dust mites. Recent studies in the United States suggest that at least 45 percent of young people with asthma are allergic to dust mites.”
Get green with greater comfort from Aprilaire
Whether you're updating your home to be more healthy, energy-efficient and sustainable or you're building a new green-certified home, Aprilaire offers a complete line of innovative products designed to improve the quality of indoor air.
Our dehumidifiers help by removing excess moisture and reducing the damage that mildew and mold can have on the sustainability of your home and the health of your family. Central Dehumidifiers help qualify your home for the Green-Built Certification Program of the National Association of Home Builders.
Every Aprilaire product provides important key benefits for your family and home.
Allergens like molds thrive in relative humidity conditions above 60%, leading to a variety of aliments including asthma, allergies and respiratory infections. Dust mites, the leading cause of allergies, thrive in as little as 50% relative humidity. Aprilaire high capacity central dehumidifiers offer you protection from the spread of mold and other allergens.
It's easy to identify those hot and sticky days when your home is unbearable without a central air conditioner. But there are also key times of the year when humidity levels are high enough to make you feel uncomfortable, even at moderate temperatures when the air conditioner is not running. Days when:
- The temperature is at the thermostat set point or below, but you still feel uncomfortable.
- You get a clammy feeling or suffer from sleepless or restless nights.
- You use blankets to keep warm in the middle of the summer.
Only a dedicated dehumidifier can effectively reduce excess moisture without overcooling your home - and you!
Molds thrive in high humidity conditions. Wood floorings, cabinets and furniture also suffer from warpage and structural damage. Remove the worry and protect your home with an Aprilaire dehumidifier that guards against excess moisture. Never again touch a surface in your home that is wet with condensation - a breeding ground for mold.
By using a dedicated central dehumidifier along with air conditioning, you can save energy. The dehumidifier removes moisture from the air while the air conditioner removes the heat. Simply increase your thermostat by 3 degrees, set your dehumidifier to 59% RH, and be more comfortable! Never again over-cool your home to remove moisture from the air.
Aprilaire Whole-House Dehumidifier Models
There are two different models of Aprilaire Whole-Home Dehumidifiers that can solve your home’s excess humidity problems.
The Aprilaire Whole-House Dehumidifier makes a lot of sense—want to know more?
> Contact an Aprilaire Dealer, your local Indoor Air Quality Specialist, to determine which Aprilaire Whole-House Dehumidifier is best for your family’s needs.
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