High levels of humidity can cause a variety of problems in your home. For this reason, a dehumidifier is a great investment for regions with high humidity. During humid summer days, an air conditioner may not be enough to keep the entire house comfortable for everyone. Finding the best high-capacity dehumidifier can make all the difference in your indoor environment. A dehumidifier removes excess moisture and unpleasant odors while reducing the risks of mold and mildew growth and its damaging effects.
Household dehumidifiers come in a wide range of sizes, currently from 20 to 50 pints. A few years ago, some brands used to offer portable dehumidifiers up to 95 pints in capacity. As of this writing, we’ve found only one model rated as 95-pint from Aprilaire’s whole-house line. If you’re looking for a high capacity dehumidifier for your whole house, then keep reading to learn more about this 95-pint dehumidifier and other options you have.
Aprilaire 95-Pint Crawl Space and Whole-House Dehumidifier
Coverage Area: 5,200 sq. ft.
Airflow: 265 CFM
Current Draw: 8.0 Amps
Dimensions: 27.5 x 12.5 x 14.5 inches
Weight: 70 lbs.
The Aprilaire 1850 is ideal for crawl space and whole house applications. It removes a maximum of 95 pints of excess moisture per day. With an airflow rate of 265 cubic feet per minute (CFM), it can dehumidify an area of up to 5,200 square feet. Although it’s not an Energy Star rated unit like some Aprilaire dehumidifiers, it’s incredibly energy efficient with a maximum current draw of 8 Amps.
The unit features an interactive display that is easy to set up and use. For your convenience, you can mount the control panel on the front or top of the unit. It features an adjustable humidistat and simple electronic controls with a digital display that shows the humidity and current working status. Set your desired humidity level from 40% to 80% RH using the up and down arrow buttons. The humidity sensors will sample the air every hour and if the current humidity is higher than the setting, it will start dehumidifying until the relative humidity is 3% below your target. The dehumidifier operates in temperatures between 41°F and 104°F. Auto defrost is enabled to prevent ice buildup.
Like most other dehumidifiers of its capacity, the Aprilaire 1850 offers a continuous drainage option. Simply attach the included drainage adapter and hose to the outlet on the side of the unit. Place the dehumidifier on a level surface above the drain for a smooth and mess-free automatic drainage. The unit also comes with a washable filter that you will need to clean or replace at least once a year. The CLEAN FILTER reminder will display on the control panel every six months. The 1850 model includes four leveling feet, while the 1852 has four caster wheels. Aside from this small difference, the two models include the exact same features and functionality.
Aprilaire is USA-made and built to last with corrosion-resistant aluminum coils and a reliable five-year warranty. One downside is Aprilaire dehumidifiers do not come with an internal pump, which limits your drainage options. However, if you really need the drain pump functionality, Aprilaire offers an external condensate pump which comes with a 20-ft drain hose. Install it into the unit and the collected condensate will be pumped out automatically up to 15 feet above, into a sink, out of a window, or directed to your sump pump.
While the noise level usually isn’t an issue when it comes to whole-home dehumidifiers, it can still be disturbing if the unit is installed near a living or sleeping area. According to customer reviews, Aprilaire is on the louder side, and compared to similar models from other brands, Aprilaire may be a little heavy for its capacity.
Overall, this 95-pint dehumidifier is effective and efficient in reducing humidity levels from 70% to 80% RH down to 40% to 50% RH within 24 hours to a few days depending on the size and dampness of your home. For smaller crawl spaces, consider the Aprilaire 1820, or for whole-home applications up to 7,200 square feet, the 1870 model.
• Excellent quality built to last
• Powerful moisture removal
• Energy efficient
• Low temperature operation
• Continuous draining option
• Made in the USA
• With five-year warranty
• May be bulky and noisy
• No built-in pump
How to Size Dehumidifiers
The Department of Energy determines performance ratings and the testing conditions for dehumidifiers. Starting June 2019, performance ratings are measured by the capacity, in pints per day, and energy efficiency, or the integrated energy factor (IEF) in liters per kilowatt-hour. The 2012 testing procedures test dehumidifiers at 80°F temperature and 60% humidity.
As of early 2020, dehumidifiers use the new ratings based on the new DOE standards at 65°F and 60% humidity. This new condition is meant to give a more accurate representation of the dehumidifier’s actual performance in a basement setting. Because of this, the current pint ratings appear lower than the older. A previously rated 30-pint, 50-pint, or 70-pint dehumidifier is now approximated as 20 or 22-pint, 30 or 35-pint, and 50-pint, respectively. An old 95-pint will now be rated as 60-pint, like this Ivation dehumidifier.
On the other hand, crawl space or whole-home dehumidifiers typically start at 70 pints capacity, such as the Aprilaire 1820, and the Santa Fe Compact70. For a deeper understanding of this type of dehumidifiers, we have these guides for crawl space dehumidifiers and whole house dehumidifiers.
Discontinued 95-Pint Dehumidifiers
Some of the older 95-pint models include the following:
Dimensions: 14.17 x 18.78 x 24.61 inches
Weight: 60.63 lbs.
Dimensions: 13.9 x 18.3 x 24.6 inches
Weight: 69 lbs.
Dimensions: 14.2 x 18.8 x 24.6 inches
Weight: 58 lbs.
Dimensions:14.5 x 18.4 x 24.6 inches
Weight: 64 lbs.
If you’re looking for a high capacity, portable dehumidifier for a single room, the standard highest capacity currently available in the market is 50 pints. Some of the best 50-pint models include Frigidaire, hOmeLabs, Vremi, and Honeywell. They also offer smaller dehumidifiers down to 20 pints. But if you want to control the humidity in your entire house and save more money in the long run, then you need a whole-home dehumidifier like the 95-pint Aprilaire 1850. Currently, it is the only 95-pint model available in various online stores.