Portable versus central dehumidifiers

Living in hot and humid climates can be tough business as a homeowner.  Although heating costs in the winter typically equalled out to what I’m now paying year round for air conditioning alone, it seems like my HVAC system is running incessantly every single day of the year.  The sun is particularly intense in this part of the country—coupled with my close proximity to water—and you have a recipe for a wet and moldy environment. Simply running my central air conditioner daily is not enough to keep the humidity down to a comfortable level inside my house.  I bought a portable dehumidifier that plugs into any standard 120 volt wall outlet and has a collection bucket for water or a port on the back where you can run a drain hose. Since I don’t have a floor drain anywhere in my house, nor any openings near doors or windows where I could run the line outdoors, I was forced to use the collection bucket.  The humidity outside this past month has hovered between 80 and 90% every single day, with the exception of the few rainy days where it jumped up to 100%. I had no idea that this would entail a full bucket of water twice a day when running the dehumidifier non stop. This might sound trivial at first, but after you’ve strained your back several times a day for a week straight, you start to think otherwise.  Although the upfront cost is higher, I’m going to invest in a central dehumidifier that attaches to my central air conditioner and can run simultaneously whenever the latter is on. I no longer have to worry about emptying water collection buckets and the performance is higher than any non commercial sized dehumidifier available in my area.