What’s the Difference Between a Residential and a Commercial/Industrial Dehumidifier?

Dehumidifiers work to lower the relative humidity in a space by removing  moisture from the air. Depending on the size of the space, the particular humidity risk factors, the amount of water needing to be removed, or chemicals present , you may need either a residential or commercial dehumidifier.  

How do you know which one you need? Keep reading to learn the difference between a residential, commercial and industrial dehumidifier, and find out which one best fits your needs. 

How Much is a Residential Dehumidifier? 

With smaller capacities, performance tuned to the conditions they’ll face, ducting and control options, and a low running volume, residential dehumidifiers are an excellent option for small or residential areas that have regular moisture issues. Made to look unassuming, most residential dehumidifiers can be the corner of a central living area without distracting too much from the decoration of the room.  

These units are perfect for a basement, crawlspace, living room, or similar small area that has a moisture issue that can be remedied by a lower-capacity dehumidifier. While they function in a similar way to a commercial or industrial dehumidifier, a residential unit often has a more visually appealing exterior and lighter duty components than its industrial counterparts. Santa Fe and Ultra-Aire are our sister brands that specialize in these kinds of applications. 

How Efficient is a Commercial/Industrial Dehumidifier? 

With larger capacities and a stronger and more durable design, commercial or industrial dehumidifiers are made to deal with larger areas and more extreme conditions. They typically have a more rugged exterior appearance and more installation flexibility to look at home in many high demand environments. 

Commercial or industrial dehumidification systems generally last a bit longer than residential dehumidifiers in a commercial setting because they are made for constant heavy-duty use, whereas a residential system is designed to work for light-load conditions. These machines are perfect for areas that demand a wide temperature range, constant usage, corrosive resistance, or higher airflow.  

Do you Need a Commercial, Industrial, or Commercial Dehumidifier? 

The short answer is: it really depends on your needs. Industrial or commercial dehumidifiers can be used for residential areas if the situation permits but will typically be overkill. Their rugged exterior make them less appealing for most homeowners, but they may be the best piece of equipment for the job in some crossover areas, such as light commercial settings. 

An industrial or commercial dehumidifier would be the best option for an indoor pool area, for example, where the system needs to run regularly in order to battle the consistent high humidity resulting from a large body of water in an enclosed, heated space. 

On the other hand, if you really want the equipment to blend into the décor, run quietly so you can still hear what’s going on in another room, manage pests in a crawlspace, and don’t need the system for an industrial purpose, a residential unit may be a more cost-effective solution. 

Finding the Right Dehumidifier for You 

Whether you’re working to regulate the humidity of a large, mid-size, or small space, choosing the right dehumidification system for your particular needs is integral. Depending on the size of the space, the current relative humidity level, and the goals of your space, a residential, commercial, or industrial dehumidifier could be the right fit. To find out which is best for your needs, contact the experts at Therma-Stor today.