- Updated April 10, 2019
- Posted by: Shannon Ward
Commercial or industrial models are built to serve the same purposes as any other residential dehumidifiers, only that they are capable of covering a much larger area. These machines are the perfect choice for larger rooms, warehouses, industrial plants, high schools and so on, and they are used to prevent any possible damages caused by excessive moisture. Although they are more expensive than the residential models, they offer great results when it comes to capturing moisture and providing a healthy work environment.
Top 12 Commercial Dehumidifiers Comparison
1. Dri-Eaz LGR 7000XLi
Dri-Eaz is the dominant brand on this market, so the presence of the 7000Xli in our top comes as no surprise considering its capabilities and quality build. Per day, it can remove up to 130 pints of water when placed in a space with an 80 degrees Fahrenheit temperature and 60% relative humidity. However, when used maximum at saturation, it is able to remove up to 235 pints of moisture per day. Thus, it is one of the most prolific products you will ever encounter. The built-in humidistat it comes with enables automatic control of the humidity level, while the sensors it features monitor its performance parameters to know when the speed must be turned up or when it is time to shut its operation off. It features the defrost function which enables it to operate in spaces with extremely low temperature without the coils suffering damage. The 3M HAF filter it comes with ensures internal components are protected against dirt so that damage is prevented. Its power cord measures 25 feet, so you can place it anywhere you want without having to worry about the need for any extension cords. Furthermore, it is backed by a lifetime warranty for the body, the compressor and coils are warranted for 6 years, and it comes with a 1-year warranty on parts and labor.
What We Like
- The sensors it features ensuring an automatic adjustment of its operational settings according to the environmental conditions
- Uses a 3M HAF filter to ensure dust and small dirt won’t harm internal components
- Rotomolded polyethylene housing provides consistent thickness of the walls for leak and damage resistance
What We Dislike
- Not the cheapest acquisition out there
- Some customers reported that it errors out without a reason
Although it does come at quite a high price, considering how much humidity it can handle removing over the span of 24 hours, the fact that it allows continuous drainage, and that it is built to last, leaks and corrosion being inexistent issues with it, it is safe to say that this is a smart purchase to make.
2. Dri-Eaz F413 Revolution LGR
Designed to dehumidify areas of up to 7000 square feet, the F413 is the ultimate model to opt for. Flawless from all points of view, starting with the compact design that enables you to place it wherever you desire, all the way to the amazing efficiency it provides in terms of energy consumption, it is perfect for large buildings and spaces where high humidity is a worrying issue. It does indeed come at a substantial price as opposed to other entries on this market, but balancing what it has to offer against the upfront cost, it’s safe to say that it is a worthy acquisition.
Moisture Extracting Efficiency
The efficiency it delivers when it comes to moisture extraction is all that matters at the end of the day, and what is clear with the Dri-Eaz is the fact that it surpasses expectations from this point of view. Able to remove as much as 80 pints of moisture per day, it makes for a perfect addition to a highly humid space, ensuring a rapid lowering of moisture in the air so that mold and mildew don’t appear, and for you to not be faced with respiratory issues in case you have to spend time in that specific environment.
The included onboard humidistat featured enables you to set and maintain whatever humidity level feels fit for you automatically. As the F413 even allows a continuous operation, you can constantly upkeep this ideal moisture level indoors even when you are away on vacation, for example. What you should know beforehand is that the safest selection to make when it comes to the humidity level indoors is from 45% to 55%, anything lower or higher presenting a potential threat to your health.
Mention Worthy Features and Specs
- Comes with a 40-foot drain hose that allows continuous operation and that doesn’t condition you when it comes to its placement.
- Digital control panel displays temperatures and humidity levels to keep you updated with the current environmental situation.
- HAF filter it comes with can be cleaned through vacuuming up to 3 times before it needs to be replaced.
- Handle located at the top makes transporting it from one location to another quite easy.
- Easy to disassemble when the time comes for maintenance work to be performed on it.
One of the major upsides is the fact that it can perform even in spaces where there are extreme temperatures. More precisely, it can withstand temperatures ranging from 33 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a major plus seeing how it adds to its versatility in use, not counting in the least where you place it in the building you intend to use it in. Generally, the coils are the parts affected by low temperatures, but when it comes to the F413, there is no need to worry about these components.
What We Like
- Area coverage of up to 7000 square feet
- Features a humidistat that displays the temperature and relative humidity
- Compact design allows you to place it in small spaces with ease
Delivering an outstanding moisture removal performance and built to withstand harsh working conditions, this Dri-Eaz model was an easy pick as number 1 as it truly exceeds expectations. Convenient to use as it allows continuous drainage, it is a product we strongly recommend you try out.
3. Aprilaire 1850F
Manufactured with utility and resistance in mind, the 1850F is your ideal option for industrial purposes. It comes at an expensive price, sure, but it’s worth paying considering the fact that it is produced by a trusted company and that it provides what can only be described as a hearty moisture removal efficiency. Due to its operation, you need not worry that mold and mildew might make an appearance anymore, and it actively helps maintain the structural resistance of the building and the quality of your furniture pieces.
The purpose of the device is to maintain proper moisture levels indoors, and seeing how the Aprilaire is able to remove as much as 95 pints of excess humidity per day, all of your issues are sure to be fixed in a matter of days. This high efficiency is complemented by the wide area coverage it provides, being able to deliver optimal performance in spaces of up to 5000 square feet. Furthermore, due to the automatic defrost mechanism it features, you can even rely on it to operate perfectly in low-temperature areas so that mold won’t make an appearance anywhere in the building.
With the dehumidification device, the most desirable aspect is for it to provide an automatic operation, and this is precisely what the 1850F delivers. All you have to do is set the desired moisture level, and the system will automatically start operating whenever that set level is exceeded so that you won’t have to check up on its operation yourself. In addition to making the device more convenient to use, this feature enhances its efficiency as you are likely to not survey it properly at all times, meaning that you could let moisture levels go out of hand again, and the presence of mold could emerge.
Mention Worthy Features and Specs
- Turns off automatically to prevent damage to the coils when temperatures are extremely cold.
- Maintains a quiet operation so that it won’t distract your attention.
- Caster wheels ensure it will be easy to relocate whenever it is needed.
- Compact design makes it easy to find a location for it – 20.75 inches in width, 24 inches in length, 20-5/8 inches in height.
- Direct draining of moisture through the included hose ensures a mess-free environment.
MERV 8 Filter
To further enhance indoor air quality and to upkeep the operation of the device in a perfect shape, it features a washable MERV 8 filter. The good news is that it doesn’t need a lot of tending to, requiring your attention only once per year. There will come a point when you have to replace it, but a few years will pass until this expense is needed. As it stops the dust and impurities from the air that enters the machine from affecting internal parts, it prolongs its lifespan, so this is a part that you must pay attention to and take care of properly as it protects your acquisition, as well as your health.
What We Like
- Convenient operation – works without ducting
- Less noisy when compared to most products on this market
- Automatic defrost features keeps it running perfectly for a long time
What We Dislike
- Requires a certain minimum temperature to function properly
- As the controls are positioned at the top, it will be hard to reach them if you place it in the crawlspace
One of our top picks, the Aprilaire is the one we recommend the most as it offers the best performance of them all. Able to operate even in tough conditions and ensuring a moisture-free environment, you can confidently rely on it in the long run.
This product is a real “monster” when it comes to successfully removing the moisture from large rooms. It is capable of pulling out up to 145 pints of moisture per day, thus preventing the appearance of mold or mildew. Moreover, it can handle humidity levels that exceed 60% and it can operate within a temperature range of 33 and 100 degrees F. This means that you can position it in cold areas without having to worry about potential freezing or increased energy consumption. The continuous drainage feature adds even more convenience to it because you won’t have to manually empty it every time you turn it on. Also, another important aspect of this particular machine is the fact that it is very quiet, the noise level being no more than 34 dB. This makes it quieter than most residential models. To increase its performance, you can purchase a lay flat ducting that eases the control of air circulation and enables it to dehumidify at higher rates. Additionally, the electronic touch-pad controls allow you to control it much easier, while the durable plastic housing makes it very resistant. To make transportation a breeze, it comes with semi-pneumatic wheels and a large telescopic handle at the top.
What We Like
- Straightforward operation – control panel makes it intuitive to use
- Puncture-proof wheels allow it to roll smoothly when you are moving it
- Powerful, hard to top moisture reduction capabilities
What We Dislike
- Comes at an expensive price – might surpass the budget you have set aside
- Design seems a bit too simplistic
Another top pick we strongly recommend you invest in is this Dri-Eaz device as it impeccably performs, ensuring an effective moisture removal. Unfortunately, it does come at a spicy price, so there exists the possibility for it to exceed your financial possibilities.
5. Inofia 232 Pints
As it is able to remove up to 232 pints of moisture per day, it comes as no surprise that the Inofia ranks so high. Best of all, it takes only 10 minutes for its moisture removing operation to start making a real difference. Of course, we must underline the fact that it provides optimal dehumidification in spaces of up to 8000 square feet, which makes it a great addition for workshops and storage spaces where humidity must be kept on the reps to prevent tool/equipment damage. In the event of a power failure, the memory function remembers your pre-selected settings so that you won’t have to restore them.
Its internal shockproof technology ensures that even if hard bumps or other potential damage inducing events happen, the internal parts won’t receive damage so easily. The LCD display and the push button controls make it a user-friendly product you are sure to understand how to use with little effort. It even features a shut-down timer that you can set as you like by pressing the up/down keys, and automatic defrost that enables you to use it even in harsh conditions as this feature activates when frosting is detected.
Even though it is bulky, this won’t be an issue when it comes to relocating it as it features two built-in 8-inch wheels and two universal wheels that make it easy for you to move it, even if stairs are involved. Another mention-worthy highlight is that the machine is FCC and ETL certified, so you can rest assured knowing that it complies with safety standards. Woefully, there’s only 60-day money back guarantee provided by the manufacturer, which is considerably less than what competitors provide.
What We Like
- Able to cover areas of up to 8000 square feet
- Internal shockproof technology ensures it won’t get easily damaged
- Memory function ensures it remembers your pre-selected settings upon power failure
What We Dislike
- Only a 60-day money back guarantee is provided by the manufacturer
- Manufacturing company isn’t a resounding name on the market
More reasonably priced as opposed to other entries in this niche yet still capable of providing an impressive performance, the Inofia can handle spaces of up to 8000 square feet and it removes as much as 232 pints of moisture per day to upkeep safe, healthy humidity levels.
6. AlorAir Storm LGR Extreme 190PPD
Its heavy-duty rotational molded build alongside the impressive 190 pints per day moisture extraction make the AlorAir perfect for use in all demanding situations. Keep in mind that it can handle removing excess moisture from the air in areas of up to 2300 square feet, placement in larger spaces causing it to inevitably underperform. Despite the hearty dehumidification it provides, it produces less than 58 decibels when it runs. It can withstand quite harsh environmental conditions, its functioning temperature range spanning from 33.8 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, while its humidity range spans from 35 to 95%. It features the useful washable and reusable G3 filter that captures large airborne particles and prevents them from entering the machine to avoid damage. Besides protecting interior components, the filter plays a role in air purification while also ensuring maximum airflow supply volume for optimal performance. Its coils are epoxy coated to ensure corrosive environments won’t affect them and to upkeep their heat transfer ability. Its electronic controls make it quite easy to use, and the waterproof shell makes it appropriate for placement even in harsher environments. It even allows convenient continuous draining, featuring a 20-foot long drain pipe that will direct the moisture gathered outside or where you want to get rid of it.
What We Like
- Uses the G3 filter to prevent airborne particles from damaging interior components
- Features a 20-foot long drain pipe for convenient continuous drainage
- Features epoxy coated coils that withstand corrosion
One of the more reasonably priced entries at the moment, it is recommended for use in spaces of up to 2300 square feet, where it will remove up to 190 pints of moisture per day from the air. It might be a tad more simplistic in its design, but it provides a reliable operation that makes it worth every cent.
7. PerfectAire 1PACD150 Damp2Dry
In case the 150-pint moisture removal capacity of the Damp2Dry does not suffice for your needs as the building you intend to use it in is damper than this, you can always opt for the 200 or 250-pint models. Of course, do expect to pay more as a bigger potential toward removing moisture translates to a bigger upfront cost of the device. It features a hot gas bypass technology which helps it automatically defrost when needed so that you need not worry about this aspect. It is able to operate in environments where the temperature ranges from 33 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes with a 40-foot long hose which allows you to opt for continuous drainage so that you won’t waste time emptying the water yourself. It features a 24-hour timer which you can set as you like in 1-hour increments, thus not needing to keep the appliance running for more than required. Furthermore, it features a washable air filter which helps improve the overall quality of the air you inhale, keeping you safe from a wide range of health issues.
What We Like
- Can operate in temperatures ranging from 33 degrees Fahrenheit to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Features a 24-hour timer that you can set as you like to prevent excess power consumption
- Washable air filter keeps the air you breathe clean and healthy
One of our favorite selections yet, the Damp2Dry is a high-capacity moisture removal machine you will appreciate as it really does enhance the quality of air indoors. Not only does it tend to remove excess humidity, but its washable air filter helps eliminate potentially harmful contaminants as well.
8. B-Air Vantage VG-1500
The price tag might discourage you at first glance, but considering the capabilities and features of this commercial dehumidifying appliance, it is a worthy investment to make. As it can handle operating in temperatures as low as 33 degrees Fahrenheit, you needn’t worry about its sake while it works, regardless of the environment that you place it in. With an impressive water removal rate of up to 150 pints per day, it comes as no surprise that the product ranked so well in our top. One of its noteworthy traits is the molded polyethylene housing which ensures long-lasting durability, an aspect you are surely interested in. For convenience in use and to ensure you won’t have a hard time understanding it, the device features electronic touchpad controls that you are surely already familiar with. As it weighs a mere 84 pounds, it will not prove to be difficult moving it from one area to another. Furthermore, the handle it features at the top makes placement change extremely easy. Furthermore, it is C-ETL-US certified, so you know that the product you are looking at is 100% safe to use.
What We Like
- Can work in environmental temperatures ranging from 33 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Electronic touchpad provides an easy manner for you to select your desired settings
- Rotomolded polyethylene housing ensures durability
What We Dislike
- On the expensive side – requires a costly investment on your side, but it is worth the money
- There were complaints that customer service is poor in quality
Although it is one of the more expensive purchases to make, considering the fact that it is not intended for residential but rather industrial use, it would be a shame to overlook this dehumidifying appliance as it delivers everything promised and even more, handling high humidity in large areas without flinching.
9. Oasis D-165-HG GST
The D-165-HG offers great performance at a reasonable price. With it, any dangerous effects of the moisture will be kept at a distance because it effectively controls the humidity level in the room. Although it is as large as the previous models, it can collect less moisture, only 45 pints per day. This makes it suitable for residential use as well, meaning you can enjoy its performance in basements or garages. Although it comes in a stain-resistant case, it is not the most appealing unit to have in your living room, but it will look great in an office or in the bathroom. It comes with an adjustable, dial-controlled humidistat that starts or stops it at certain pre-selected moisture levels. Fortunately, it includes a continuous drainage option so you won’t have to empty the water container. There is also a full bucket indicator light located at its front to let you know when it is time to empty it if you do not attach the drain hose. Additionally, the frost-free feature and the resistant cabinet turn it into a long-lasting dehumidifier that will keep your house away from moisture and musty odors. Also, it is backed up by a 5-year warranty, making it a great addition to any home, office, and so on.
What We Like
- Comes at a reasonable price – cheaper than similar performing units
- Includes continuous drainage option for your convenience
- Easy to use – intuitive operation
What We Dislike
- Not the best design – looks bulky
- Some customers reported leaks after only a few months of use
Despite its bulky and unappealing design, this appliance is ideal for those who have big problems with humidity levels. Best of all, the reasonable price tag makes it an investment worth making as you do not have to spend an absurd amount of money on it.
10. Ideal-Air 700836
An industrial grade dehumidifying appliance must be made to last and to operate in hard conditions. The 700836 is one of those moisture removal devices that can run around the clock and still provide the highest performance. It is encased in a metal housing coated in powder to prevent rust and to ensure durability in humid areas. On top of it, you will find a digital control panel with a display that shows readings of the humidity and temperature levels. It relies on a single speed motor to absorb air moisture and is equipped with a defrost system that keeps it running in temperatures of 45F, making it suitable for cold places. In 24 hours of operating, it can absorb up to 100 pints of moisture that goes into the water tank or can be drained through a hose to prevent overfilling. In case the drain is not connected, it will automatically turn off when the tank is full to avoid overheating or spilling the water. A 1-year warranty covers its components except for the circuit board. To protect it, you must install surge protection and a dedicated power circuit that will guard it in the case of a power failure.
What We Like
- Digital display allows you to conveniently monitor temperature and humidity levels
- Heavy duty compressor ensures a lengthy, problem-free operation
- Designed to withstand operating in low temperatures
What We Dislike
- Not the best price-quality ratio possible
- Unappealing design
Not the best looking model out there, but certainly one of the best when it comes to its performance, the Ideal-Airis the purchase you must make as it can withstand intense use for many years. Thus, your money are well spent on it.
11. Maxxair DH 065 BLU
Although it’s not necessarily a cheap acquisition to make, we must praise it for the fact that it delivers one of the best performances when it comes to humidity removal as it can eliminate as much as 140 pints of moisture per day. Seeing how it will be used for an entire building, this high capacity truly comes in handy as it ensures normal humidity levels continuously. It features humidity settings which you can program as you want, meaning that you can set the desired level to be reached indoors. Another great feature is the automated water pump which is connected to the storage tank and that through a 25-foot hose pipe is able to eliminate moisture as it gets collected. The handle it features makes it easy to move it from one location to another, which is convenient considering that it is quite heavy, weighing approximately 82 pounds. Unfortunately, the manufacturing company backs it only for the first year after you purchase it, which is quite bothersome considering the amount of money you spend on it. However, considering the fact that it boasts a rugged metal construction and there are only qualitative parts used in its manufacture, you should have no issues with it overall.
What We Like
- You can program it to help reach a desired humidity level indoors
- Boasts a rugged metal construction which ensures durability
- Comes with a 25-foot hose pipe for a convenient continuous water draining
What We Dislike
- Short 1-year warranty offered for it
- Comes at an expensive price
Not the most reasonably priced option out there, but still one worth taking into consideration as it can remove up to 140 pints of moisture per day, this is your go-to option if you want to enjoy a whole house coverage.
This is surely one of the best options available on the market in case you want to build a comfortable and safe environment at the working place. It is specially designed to protect large areas from excessive moisture and to eliminate bacteria in the air, so you can breathe better. Besides the fact that it can reduce bacteria, the washable filter can also reduce unpleasant odors or airborne particles. There are so many convenience features included with it to make it easier to use. Firstly, you must know that it can remove up to 95 pints of water from the air per day and to make sure you won’t have to constantly empty its 9.4-pint container, it comes with a continuous drainage option. It comes with a user-friendly control panel that shows the humidity level and includes indicator lights for a full bucket, filter replacement, and fan speeds. Speaking of which, it has 3 speeds to choose from and at its highest, it creates 53dB of noise. You will surely enjoy the SpaceWise design that allows you to easily move it from one place to another due to the comfortable side handles and wheels. Also, it can be operated by the full-function electronic controls, which are very convenient for all the users, while the humidity control gives you the possibility to control the humidity level of the room at all times.
What We Like
- Reasonably priced considering its high dehumidification capacity
- Energy efficient – consumes a surprisingly low amount of electricity to run
- Easy to install and maneuver – designed for your convenience
What We Dislike
- Customers have reported inaccuracies in the humidity meter it features
- Not the best option in the long run – build isn’t as durable as it is with other models
Although at first glance you might be thinking this dehumidification appliance will cost a ton of money to run, the truth is at the opposite. Energy efficient and boasting an amazing performance, we recommend you give it a chance if you are trying to tackle high humidity problems.
Things to Know
Dehumidifiers designed for industrial use are stronger and more durable than other dehumidification devices are and therefore tend to be more expensive. These models are mainly made of steel or heavy-duty plastic, so they will certainly last for years. High humidity and mold often come from lack of central air system. However, using an industrial device can help eliminate high relative humidity levels, saving time, money and energy cost at the same time. Furthermore, it will help you maintain a healthy work environment for employees. Plus, they are very popular due to their ability to eliminate musty smells and reduce condensation and mold. However, industrial models were specially designed for large residential places in humid climates, like crawlspaces, garages, basements and pool areas. They are able to remove up to 160 pints and reach an array of square footage. As such, you need to take into account both the square foot coverage and pint capacity when purchasing the device.
Health Risks of Mold Exposure
When a humidity reducing device is not used in a space that tends to get damp, mold thrives and multiplies as proper conditions for it are created. Why is it so important to fend off mold, you ask? The answer lies in the plethora of accompanying health complications that arise with prolonged exposure to mold, even short-term exposure in individuals with a low immune system or who asthmatics causing problems. It is the bearer of multiple irritating substances which act as allergy causers in sensitive people. Certain types of mold even produce toxic substances known as mycotoxins, the conditions under which these substances are produced not being understood yet.
The most common health effect of mold exposure is an allergic reaction, and it can appear right away or develop over time. Symptoms that indicate the potential presence of mold in your home, work environment, or any other place you spend a good majority of your time in include watery eyes, itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, skin irritation, rash, wheezing, and redness of the eyes. In individuals who suffer from asthma or allergy to mold, it can even cause asthma attacks. Severe reactions to it can occur as well, like heavy breathing and fever. If you have a compromised immune system or suffer from a chronic lung disease, you could even end up developing severe lung infections because of this dreadful exposure.
In individuals susceptible to hypersensitivity pneumonitis, mold triggers this condition. It is an uncommon disease which resembles pneumonia in its symptoms and effects, so beware as it is a dangerous condition. Studies have shown that even in healthy individuals, exposure can lead to upper respiratory tract symptoms, while in those who suffer from asthma it worsens their condition considerably.
How We Tested
We set up each product in a test chamber where humidity levels were dangerously high, 80% RH to be more specific. We monitored the entire progress with a hygrometer, checking to see that humidity is indeed high before running each device. To test the performance provided in terms of moisture removal, we let each dehumidifier run for 1 hour at its top dehumidifying speed in case of models that put more options at our disposal. Afterward, we noted down the results and differences in humidity levels provided by each product and compared them to see how reliable they actually are.
To see how energy efficient each model is and to test for ourselves and check what costs are involved with running these devices, we monitored how much power each product drew in order to remove 10 liters of moisture from the air. Seeing how you will likely use it in very damp spaces, it was quintessential to look into this aspect in order to make sure that we will provide you with products that won’t leave your pocket empty as they run.
Ease of use
This was a more sensitive testing parameter as we had to assess each model in our roster for ease of accessing when maintenance work is due, use of controls, mobility and portability, ease of cleaning, and the quality of the provided instructions for using it. For models that feature washable filters, we also tested to see how easy it is to access these components and clean them.
|Product||Moisture removal||Running costs||Ease of use|
|Dri-Eaz LGR 7000XLi||10/10||10/10||10/10|
|Overall score: 10/10|
|Dri-Eaz F413 Revolution LGR||9/10||10/10||10/10|
|Overall score: 9.7/10|
|Overall score: 9/10|
|Dri-Eaz F203-A 1200 18-gallon||10/10||10/10||9/10|
|Overall score: 9.7/10|
|Inofia 232 Pints||10/10||9/10||9/10|
|Overall score: 9.3/10|
|AlorAir Storm LGR Extreme 190PPD||10/10||9/10||9/10|
|Overall score: 9.3/10|
|PerfectAire 1PACD150 Damp2Dry||10/10||10/10||9/10|
|Overall score: 9.7/10|
|B-Air Vantage VG-1500||10/10||8/10||8/10|
|Overall score: 8.7/10|
|Oasis D-165-HG GST||10/10||8/10||8/10|
|Overall score: 8.7/10|
|Overall score: 9/10|
|Maxxair DH 065 BLU||9/10||10/10||9/10|
|Overall score: 9.3/10|
|Overall score: 9/10|
Industrial or Residential – Which One to Pick?
As the name itself suggests, it is designed for large spaces like office buildings, workshops, large market houses, and even factories where the air humidity could reach alarming levels. The residential type is designed for home use because it is smaller, less energy consuming and more appropriate for small-scale use.
- Choosing between industrial and residential devices is related to your dehumidifying needs. Before picking a model, you must analyze some aspects to see which one would best fit the area where you will place it. Firstly, you should measure the room and decide how big it must be in order to handle all the humidity. For very large rooms like working spaces, market houses, large basements or garages, you will need an industrial model that is more powerful than a residential one.
- However, not every large room needs one because there are also bigger residential models that can handle the space. You need to take into account the energy consumption as well when choosing between the two models. Getting a large model in a room too small will lead to energy waste while picking a model that is too small for the room means it will work around the clock in order to handle all the humidity.
- You also need to keep in mind the operating time. Industrial models are powerful enough to handle heavy-duty use without showing any sign of overburdening. Therefore, if you won’t be able to supervise the machine and perform regular maintenance, you are better off with an industrial model with auto shut-off, automatic pump-out, and a built-in thermostat.
Pros and Cons
As with any other purchase you make for your house, buying an industrial humidity reducing device has its good and bad sides. An educated purchase implies knowing both so here are the main advantages and disadvantages of these large size devices.
The large absorption capacity
By far, the biggest pro of owning one is the extended absorption capacity that makes it great for use in unlived rooms. Thanks to the large water tank and the ability to evacuate the water, you won’t have to constantly empty the bucket and it will also manage to absorb great amounts of moisture from the air.
Can cover large areas
Being bigger and more powerful means that it is suitable for large areas like basements, garages, workshops, or stores. The high capacity enables it to circulate more air and cover a larger space than normal size models so you will only need one device for a large room.
Great for intense humidity
If you are dealing with excessive humidity, a small humidity reducing device would not be powerful enough to draw all the moisture from the air. Therefore, the industrial type is the most appropriate for use in houses with severe humidity issues.
A higher price
Industrial-grade models cost a few hundreds of dollars so the investment is not to be overlooked. Compared to smaller size models that can be used in different rooms of your house, these ones can cost up to 10 times more, which is why many prefer to use multiple smaller models.
More space required
The size is another drawback especially if you need to place it in a crowded basement or in a garage. The housing can reach even 40 inches and they also weigh a lot so moving it or carrying it is not the simplest thing to do. As such, if space is not too generous, you might have trouble fitting a bulky dehumidifier.
A large power also means a higher energy consumption, which leads us to the biggest downside many customers complain about. Aside from the initial cost, you will also notice an increase in the electricity bill, especially if you will have it turned on almost the entire day.
Rating Our Selections
Needless to say, there are certain parameters you must follow when comparing products in this niche, parameters that we will talk about in the following. Stats like dehumidification capacity, area coverage, and convenience enhancing features, among others, are what make a moisture removal system of a better or lesser quality.
|Rating Criteria||How Product Quality Is Influenced||Product to Receive the Best Score|
|Moisture extraction capacity||This spec indicates the amount of moisture the dehumidification device is able to remove from the air over the course of an entire day. It is the best indicator of its performance efficiency as it shows how fast the system is in lowering humidity levels indoors, which is the precise reason why you bought it to begin with. The higher the capacity the better, obviously, as even in highly humid spaces, it will effectively and rapidly normalize environmental conditions.||Dri-Eaz LGR 7000XLi|
|Area coverage||When you buy the system, you intend to use it in a specific area with high humidity issues. What is important is for you to know the size of that specific area before you browse for your ideal system to avoid buying an over or under performing product. All devices have the area they cover listen in their spec sheets, and you can compare the area coverage you need it to provide to the stat which appears on the sheet to make sure you are making a proper purchase. What we recommend is for you to go a bit higher than you actually need as an over performing system is never a bad acquisition – you never know when you will need to use it somewhere else, and it’s best to be covered in any situation.||Dri-Eaz F413 Revolution LGR|
|Automatic defrost||A good functioning of the system in all environmental conditions is what you need, but this cannot be provided without the presence of the automatic defrost feature. The role it plays is to ensure ice won’t build up on the coils and other internal parts of the device when it is placed in a low temperature space. Thus, this is a lifespan prolonging feature that you cannot afford to overlook if you want to make a quality, lasting acquisition.||Aprilaire 1850F, Dri-Eaz LGR 7000XLi, PerfectAire 1PACD150 Damp2Dry, Maxxair DH 065 BLU, Ideal-Air 700836|
|Timer||This is a power consumption reducing feature that is preferable for the system to come with as, in addition to lowering costs as it allows you to limit the device’s operation, it enables you to truly fully customize its operation. Basically, you will be able to set the device to run for as long as you consider it to be necessary without actually turning it off yourself as it will do so on its own after the period of time you have set passes.||PerfectAire 1PACD150 Damp2Dry|
|Air filter||The presence of an air filtration media enhances the system’s operational effectiveness as it ensures that, in addition to lowering indoor humidity, it will clean the air of impurities and airborne particles. Thus, you will breathe in air that is truly clean and safe for your health. Another perk it provides is that it keeps the system up and running for a longer time as dust and other particles won’t affect its internal parts.||Dri-Eaz F413 Revolution LGR, Dri-Eaz LGR 7000XLi, PerfectAire 1PACD150 Damp2Dry, Frigidaire FAD954DWD|
|Energy efficiency||This is a spec that makes a huge difference as it shows the system is environmentally friendly and that it doesn’t draw a lot of power when it runs. Devices that are energy efficient don’t raise your electric bill expenses too much as a result of using them, for those who want to make a budget-smart acquisition being the ideal purchase.||Dri-Eaz F413 Revolution LGR, PerfectAire 1PACD150 Damp2Dry, Frigidaire FAD954DWD|
|Warranty||The warranty agreement implies that, while it is active, the system will be replaced or repaired in case defects or damaged parts become an issue, all without you having to pay a cent for the procedures. However, you must make sure to properly use the device and not inflict direct damage upon it, as this cancels the agreement and you void the warranty.||Dri-Eaz F413 Revolution LGR|
✔”Easy to service, customer support is really helpful in this sense, I didn’t need to take it to get repaired because I handled it on my own.”
✔”Did a great job at removing moisture for the wood building I placed it in.”
✔”Functional design, I really like how user-friendly it is.”
✘”Wasn’t as quiet as I expected it to be.”
✔”I like that it cycles on and off instead of running continuously.”
✔”Easy to store and boasts a great digital interface.”
✔”Starts when needed and stops when not, a real energy saver.”
✘”My brand new product came with a faulty inlet sensor, I had to ask for a replacement, which was quite bothersome.”
✔”I’ve had it for almost a month and I’m happy with my purchase, humidity has been at a steady level since.”
✔”After just a few hours since setting it up, humidity was at goal.”
✔”Took little time to set it up.”
✘”The clear hose could have been longer.”
✔”Works as advertised, I’m really loving my acquisition.”
✔”I can’t believe how easy to run this thing is.”
✔”It’s built like a tank, I’m sure it will serve me for many years.”
✘”Great build, but the performance was kind of disappointing.”
✔”I thought I was going to need two of these, but one was more than enough for all the applications I had up to now.”
✔”It’s the best dehumidifier for the needs of my clients, I ended up winning a lot of money since I’ve bought it.”
✔”Automatic pump is just fantastic, I just set it up when I bought it and forgot about servicing it completely.”
✘”E3 error appeared after about 1 year and a half of using it, the costs to repair it were pretty high.”
✔”I love it! It’s quiet, easy to run, and easy to clean!”
✔”I really like the electronic touchpads, I have no trouble running it.”
✔”It’s very strongly built, I bet it will last a long time.”
✘”The bottom pump keeps falling out, it doesn’t seem fixable.”
✔”Perfect for my business, bought multiple units after I tested the first one on a few flooded basements.”
✔”I love how easy it is to program the settings, this intuitive operation really comes in handy.”
✔”Automatic pump really hits the spot, I don’t have to worry about moisture extraction anymore, which is just great.”
✘”It broke down when it was out of warranty, cost a pretty big load of cash to repair.”
✔”So far it serviced me excellently, I’m happy with my acquisition. Since I got it, humidity has been at a steady level in my basement.”
✔”It’s a lot quieter than the LG I previously owned.”
✔”Great at keeping the humidity level i picked, now mold is sure to never reappear.”
✘”Mine didn’t last for a long time, it is pretty frustrating that my money went down the drain.”
✔”Had it for about 2 years now, never has a single issue with it.”
✔”I love the set and forget simplicity of its design.”
✔”I like the hose attachment, now I don’t have to think about draining it anymore.”
✘”Packaging isn’t all that great, it came in with a lot of issues because of it.”
✔”Works great in my 1200 square feet basement, haven’t had any humidity problems since I installed it there.”
✔”The automatic drain is its best feature, by far, really convenient.”
✔”Runs a lot quieter than I expected, 10 points for that one!”
✘”Can’t say that I’m impressed with it, I’ll probably replace mine soon enough.”
F.A.Q. What humidity level should be maintained in a building?
For the protection of the building’s structure as well as for the well-being of its inhabitants, relative humidity of 45 to 50 percent should be kept. Alas, modern buildings are constructed to prevent the cold from entering, this sealed design making the environment inside them a lot damper. Thus, without the addition of a dehumidifying appliance like the ones shown in this article, commercial models which can take on humidity issues in extremely large spaces, there will never be normal a normal humidity level inside the building.
What is the ideal placement for the dehumidifying appliance?
Seeing how it is supposed to control a vast area – a greenhouse or an entire building – it should be left in a position where it has the most exposure. For example, if you put it in a building, place the appliance in a hall which connects multiple rooms to each other. This way, it will equally work on lowering indoor humidity inside the entire building instead of focusing on a sole area more than on the rest.
Is it a necessity in a greenhouse?
Yes, seeing how plants of all kinds are very pretentious when it comes to the environment they are placed in, it is mandatory to preserve a normal humidity level inside the greenhouse. Otherwise, all of your efforts to grow and breed the plants will be in vain as they will wilt, humidity, temperature, and light being the three elements that affect the well-being of plants the most.
Are commercial units louder than residential ones?
When compared to residential units, commercial dehumidification appliances do indeed tend to be louder in their performance. However, this is not to say that all commercial dehumidifiers are bothersome when it comes to their noise output. As you can see, the DRI-EAZ F203-A 1200 produces a decent 34 dB noise output – thus, it is extremely quiet when it operates, not presenting a distraction regardless of where you store it.
Does it cost a lot to run this appliance?
As opposed to a residential unit, yes, a commercial dehumidifying appliance does cost more to run. This is a result of its superior moisture extraction capability, being designed for heavy-duty tasks, not the normal extraction of excess humidity in a small area like the room of a house. However, you can find energy efficient dehumidifying devices even amongst the commercial category. Just compare energy consumption between different models and find the one that suits your needs best.
As it can effortlessly handle removing excess moisture in an area of up to 7000 square feet, the Dri-Eaz F413 Revolution LGR is perfectly suited for industrial, heavy-duty dehumidifying purposes. Sure, it does cost a pretty penny, but considering the advantages that it brings to the table, like its 80-pint moisture removal capacity per day, or the lifetime warranty provided for the housing, we can confidently state that it is worth every cent.
However, as great as the aforementioned model might be, for those battling with extreme excess humidity, the right pick is definitely the Dri-Eaz F203-A 1200 18-Gallon that can remove up to 145 pints of moisture over a 24-hour time period. Furthermore, it can handle operating in extremely low-temperature conditions of 33 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can rely on it in basically any environment, as harsh as it may be. Another entry noteworthy at the final of this article is the Ideal-Air 700836 that, despite the unimpressive warranty, manages to make up with its performance – it removes up to 100 pints of moisture per day, and it provides an optimal operation in large areas.