Whole House vs Portable Dehumidifiers: Which One Should I Get for My Florida Home?

March 04, 2019

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Looking to reduce your indoor humidity levels?

If so, you may be stuck choosing between a whole-house or portable dehumidifier.

Our recommendation?

Although they are more expensive, we generally recommend Florida homeowners go with a whole-house dehumidifier because they are more powerful in terms of dehumidification and require less maintenance.

That said, both types of dehumidifiers have their pros and cons. To give you a better idea of which type of dehumidifier makes sense for you, let’s weigh the good and the bad of each type.

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On a budget? Go with a portable dehumidifier

The biggest advantage of a portable dehumidifier is its low upfront cost. So if you’re on a tight budget, and you only need to dehumidify one room, then a portable model might be best for you.

Let’s take a closer look…

An example of a portable dehumidifier. Source: geappliances.com


  • Less expensive upfront ($150 to $500)

  • Doesn’t require professional installation


  • Only dehumidifies one room at a time

  • Some models are noisy

  • You have to manually empty the condensate reservoir

  • Not usually as energy-efficient as a whole-home dehumidifier

Where to purchase: You can purchase a portable dehumidifier at any home improvement store.

Want the most comfort and convenience? Go with a whole-home dehumidifier

A whole-house dehumidifier is installed by a professional in your existing HVAC system. The great benefit of a whole-home unit is that it will dehumidify all of the rooms in your home—not just one.

Let’s take a closer look…

An example of a whole-house dehumidifier. Source: aprilaire.com


  • Reduces humidity in every room (not just one room)

  • Most whole-home dehumidifiers are more energy-efficient

  • Easy to control humidity levels via the thermostat

  • Runs automatically, so you don’t need to turn it off and on

  • Only requires annual maintenance


Where to purchase: Contact your HVAC contractor and ask what whole-home dehumidifier options they offer.

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