A desiccant dehumidifier is an excellent solution for removing moisture in very low temperatures or low humidity environments. Proven, robust, and common, these conditions are exactly what desiccant dehumidification was made for. But once you decide to implement this system in a storage application, the cost and complexity of the project can quickly skyrocket.
How Desiccant Dehumidifiers Are Oversold in Self-Storage Applications
Desiccant dehumidifiers are used in a variety of commercial applications, so it’s no surprise that they’re often offered as a solution to moisture problems to self-storage companies. But they’re expensive, inefficient, and bulky, which means they’re often not the best solution in self-storage environments that operate in the refrigerant unit sweet spot.
Why Desiccant Dehumidifiers Aren’t Right for Self-Storage
A commercial desiccant dehumidification system is typically a bulky unit with extensive ducting and demanding electrical or gas requirements. Purchasing the equipment and the installation process alone is expensive and time-consuming. On top of that, the running of the desiccant dehumidification system makes the utility bill cost prohibitive vs that of an efficient refrigerant based system. The Quest Dry 105 is the world’s most efficient dehumidifier, exceeding energy star standards by 50% and pulling an astounding 8.8 Pints per kWh. A similarly sized Desiccant system would only remove 1-2 Pints per kWh making them less than ¼ as efficient.
If the desiccant system worked well, it wouldn’t really matter how much it costs. But the problem is that it doesn’t work as well as one might think. Self-Storage environments need dehumidification in the temperature sweet spot where the refrigerant system is best suited (40 degrees Fahrenheit through 90 degrees Fahrenheit). Desiccant units are best for sub 40 degrees or low humidity applications, neither of which apply in this market.
An Alternative to a Desiccant Dehumidifier
A high-efficiency dehumidification system might be the solution you’ve been looking for. First developed in the late 1980s and streamlined over the years to maximize capacity and efficiency, a Quest Dry dehumidifier can remove up to four times the amount water per kilowatt of electricity than desiccant dehumidifiers on the market. Built for longevity and efficiency, Quest Dry dehumidifiers are designed to help you maintain your bottom line now and for years to come.
Customized to Your Space & Needs
Unlike a desiccant dehumidifier, a Quest Dry dehumidifier is designed to fit the requirements of your facility and your business. Fashioned to work as a standalone product or in conjunction with existing HVAC systems, depending on the size and scope of your self-storage facility, Quest Dry dehumidifiers can be used as a tailored solution to your moisture removal needs. All you need to do to get started is plug in the Quest Dry unit to a standard 115V outlet and you can rev that baby up.
Learn More About the Quest Dry Dehumidifier
Are you ready to lower your operating costs? Contact the team at Therma-Stor today to stop feeling oversold on a desiccant dehumidifier and start solving your humidity problems with the Quest Dry Dehumidifier.