Moisture Solutions: The Difference between Commercial Grade and Residential Dehumidifiers

Moisture Solutions

Do you have a large basement? You may be familiar with moisture and the devastating effect it can have on property. You may even be experiencing the adverse effects of mold and mildew.

If you’ve spoken to a waterproofing contractor, you’re probably aware that you’ll need a combination of moisture solutions to keep your basement dry. If you’ve already had a waterproofing solution installed, the next step is to ensure that the space remains dry. This means having a dehumidifier installed.

As you shop for dehumidifiers, you’ll come across various makes and sizes. You may be tempted to go for a residential dehumidifier. However, if you’re basement is large, then this won’t make a dent when it comes to keeping the space dry. You’ll need a commercial grade dehumidifier.

The difference between commercial and residential dehumidifiers

As you search for dehumidifiers, you’ll find that they are generally grouped into three categories: commercial, industrial and residential dehumidifiers. Residential dehumidifiers are the smallest in size. They are suitable for small spaces and can be installed in living spaces without causing disruption to your décor. They are less expensive and are designed to be quieter than their larger counterparts.

Commercial dehumidifiers are much larger. They are designed to keep large spaces dry. They are more durable than residential dehumidifiers and are usually made of heavy duty plastic or steel. They are also more expensive than their residential counterparts.

When commercial dehumidifiers make sense

The volume of water that a dehumidifier will remove depends on its capacity (pints per 24 hours) as well as the size of the space that it is operating in (square footage). Many commercial dehumidifiers can remove 160 pints while residential units have a capacity of 70 pints per 24 hours.

Commercial dehumidifiers are often thought to be moisture solutions for commercial settings such as for large warehouses. However, they can also be beneficial in the residential setting.

  1. Large spaces in humid climates

If you have a large basement, it may make better sense to have a commercial dehumidifier. A residential dehumidifier may not be adequate in a large space. You may have to invest in multiple units if you choose to use a residential dehumidifier, which would be expensive.

  1. After a floor or leak

Have you experienced a leak or flood? Ensuring that the space is dried out within the first 48 hours is vital to prevent the growth of mold or bacteria. A commercial dehumidifier would be the best choice.

Contact us today for more information regarding your best choice for moisture solutions!

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