Best Dehumidifier for Crawl Space Encapsulation

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Are you working to improve your crawl space humidity? If you are searching for the best crawl space dehumidifier for encapsulation we have some tips to help you decide. In this article, we will cover topics like:

  • Do I Need a Dehumidifier in my Crawl Space
  • Proper Size Dehumidifier for a Crawl Space
  • What Pints per DAY (PPD) Should My Dehumidifier Process
  • Properly Sizing the Dehumidifier to My Crawl Space
  • What will Make the Dehumidifier Run All the Time

Should I Install a Dehumidifier in My Crawl Space?

Many homeowners believe that crawl space encapsulation alone will control humidity. Crawl space vapor barrier, french drains, and sump pumps are needed to control humidity. But the crawl space dehumidifier is the key to making sure the humidity is kept low all year long.

The dehumidifier works like your homes heating and air conditioning thermostat. Fore example, the crawl space encapsulation is like your homes insulation. Insulation alone will not heat or cool your home. Plastic in the crawl space alone will not lower humidity. Crawl space dehumidifiers work with the crawl space encapsulation to keep your home dry.

Please check out the Essential Guide to Crawl Space Encapsulation for more information about making your crawl space worry free.

What Size Dehumidifier Do I Need for My Crawl Space?

There are many factors to consider when properly sizing your dehumidifier to your crawl space. If you have no intention of encapsulating your crawl space, you will need a larger capacity dehumidifier. Loose laid vapor barrier installed on the ground will help, but covering walls, pillars, and overlapping and taping is recommended.

If your crawl space is cut up by additions to the home or HVAC ducts or foundation walls, you may need several smaller capacity dehumidifiers. If your crawl space sub-floor is not properly air sealed and the dry air escapes to the living space rapidly, you will need a larger capacity dehumidifier. If the door of the crawl space is not air sealed or all the vents are open, this affects capacity too.

When Crawl Space Ninja installs a dehumidifier we consider all these factors. The Ninja Crawl Space Encapsulation System is designed to utilized the smallest dehumidifier based on size of the crawl space.

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Dehumidifiers for Under 2,000 Square Feet Crawl Spaces

A 1,000 square feet crawl space typically uses a 70-pint to 80-pint capacity dehumidifier. The Aprilaire E070 (formerly 1820) is our preferred crawl space dehumidifier for spaces smaller than 2,000 square feet. The Aprilaire E080 (formerly 1830) dehumidifier processes 10 more pints per day than the E070 and is a little quieter but the cabinet is larger.

The E080 is a good choice for high crawl spaces or basements under 2,000 square feet and the homeowner wants it a little quieter. The decibel rating difference is only 8dBa. The E070 is 53 dBa and the E080 is 45 dBa when ducted.

Dehumidifiers for Over 2,000 Square Feet Crawl Spaces

Based on the crawl space layout, the Aprilaire E100 (formerly 1850) dehumidifier is a great choice for larger crawl spaces. We install the E100 for crawl spaces between 2,000 and 3,500 square feet. When a crawl space is larger than 3,500 square feet, multiple E070 is a better way to go for us.

The reason behind going to multiple dehumidifiers over 3,500 square feet is simple. Large crawl spaces have big duct-work systems and other obstacles that limit air flow. Again if your crawl space is chopped up, multiple dehumidifiers may be needed even in smaller crawls paces.

When you get into massive crawl spaces and basements you have another dehumidifier option under Aprilaire. The Aprilaire E130 (formerly 1870) dehumidifier is a 130 pint per day monster. Homes with wide open crawl spaces that do not restrict air flow can use the 1870. Basements of large homes or whole home dehumidifier setups will also benefit from the Aprilaire E130.

Aprilaire Dehumidifier Specification Sheets

To learn more about each Aprilaire dehumidifier model mentioned, see the spec sheets and owners manuals below. You can also use them as a comparison if you would like to install another brand of dehumidifier.

 

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About Michael Church

Michael Church has been involved with indoor air quality since 2005 and feels the unhealthy crawl space is one of the major problems causing poor indoor air quality.

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