Where To Rent A Dehumidifier


Rent a dehumidifier

Renting a dehumidifier can prove to be a money saver, especially if you only need one for a short period of time. Find a dehumidifier for rent in your neighborhood equipment rental company.
A 50-pint unit can cost between three hundred and six hundred ($300 and $600) to buy. Buying larger capacity system can cost around a thousand dollars ($1000). Renting a big dehumidifier for a day costs around forty to fifty dollars ($40 to $50).
If you plan on using a dehumidifier for more than four to six (4-6) weeks you might be better off buy one. 
What Is A Dehumidifier
What Is A Dehumidifier


What is a dehumidifier?

A dehumidifier is an appliance that reduces moisture in the air. A dehumidifier promotes health and comfort. A dehumidifier works to:
  • prevents the growth of mildew,
  • eliminates musty odors, and
  • removes mold spores from the air.
I’ve learned that dehumidifiers work in homes and offices.

Benefits of a dehumidifier

Preventing Mold

Mold is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. It puts your entire family’s health at risk.
Mold destroys surfaces by breaking down natural materials. If left untreated, mold growth can become poisonous and spread throughout your home.
The ideal humidity for comfort and health is in the range of 30-50%. Mold grows is hot and humid spaces (50-65% humidity).
A dehumidifier eliminates excess moisture while preventing the growth of new mold.
Consider buying a dehumidifier to:
  • feel comfortable & not sticky,
  • prevent & reduce health issues like allergies, and
  • keep your home & furniture safe from mold

 Air Quality Improvement

The number of pollutants you inhale and the air’s humidity level affect the air quality in your home.
An air purifier is the most effective way to remove hazardous substances. A dehumidifier improves the consistency of indoor air humidity.

Reducing dust mites 

Dust mites in the home are a common source of allergy and asthma symptoms. Dust mites thrive in wet, humid environments. Those dust mite may be causing your wheezing and allergies.
Dehumidifiers play an essential role in improving your home’s indoor air quality. Dehumidifiers help maintain the best level of absolute humidity in your house. Reducing a high humidity atmosphere helps gets rid of dust mites.

Protects Your Home 

High humidity levels will wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your home. Moisture weakens the wood in your house. This includes the support beams. Over time moisture can cause your framing to warp, crack, and break.
Metal fittings are likely to rust. A dehumidifier is a simple way to prevent your home from deteriorating over time. And it does this while providing a healthy living environment for your family.[1]
So now you have established that you definitely need a dehumidifier. Your environment has become unbearable. Is buying one the right decision for you or is renting better? Let’s look at the options you have when you want to rent.
Renting A Dehumidifier
Renting A Dehumidifier

Renting A Dehumidifier

If you have a room with a moisture problem, you’ll want to invest in a dehumidifier. You may need to run it for weeks, if not months, during the summer.
Select a dehumidifier based on the area you have as well as the moisture in your area. You can pick one based on the where you want to place it, the type of appliance that’s best for you, or its size. But buying your own will be the most cost-effective option.
What if you’ve had a significant flood rather than a long-term issue?
There are many reasons a home may flood. Examples include:
  • A nearby creek overflows into your basement,
  • a burst pipe floods an entire room, or
  • a roof leak soaks your walls and wood frame.
A dehumidifier will reduce the amount of time it takes to dry out a flooded area of your home.
A dehumidifier absorbs moisture from the air. It’s easier for water to evaporate from wet carpets, walls, and furniture. The sooner you can dry out the space, the less likely mold will form. 
A consumer-grade dehumidifier will help. Still, larger capacity and commercial-grade dehumidifiers are a more efficient option. Larger units are faster at drying out a room and anything in it.
Dehumidifiers are often grouped size. Size is the number of pints of water the appliance can remove for the air per day (24 hours). Common sizes are small, 30, 50, 70, 90, and large.
Larger dehumidifiers can extract a lot of moisture from the air.
The challenge becomes storing the water. This is why many units come with built-in pumps that discharge into an outside location or drain.
When it comes to drying out a flooded space, dry air is essential. At a given temperature, air may only keep a certain amount of water vapor. This is before it reaches saturation.
Wet objects, such as a carpet or structural wood, won’t dry until air has reached its water vapor potential. This is because there is nowhere for the moisture in the material to go.
Larger dehumidifiers are appropriate if you are dealing with a flood or water leak [2]. Industrial dehumidifiers are reliable for areas over four thousand (4,000) square feet.
Industrial dehumidifiers may be too large for routine dehumidification. In reality, dry air can be a problem for air quality, causing dry skin and drying furniture.
The size or capacity of a dehumidifier you need depends on the size of the room and how much moisture is in the room. The Area Moisture Calculator explains what size dehumidifier you need.
We have seen that renting a dehumidifier may not be cost effective for your home. You will most likely use it often and it will cost more in the long run. So buying a dehumidifier is better for your home.
In an emergency, renting a dehumidifier for water damage restoration may make sense. If you are going to rent one, get a commercial or industrial one that is large enough to dry your area. Get the job done fast by renting the right sized appliance.

Commercial dehumidifier rental

For large commercial sites, renting makes more sense because you need a heavy duty device. You may not need it all the time, so renting becomes more cost effective.

The Advantages of Renting a Commercial Dehumidifier:

  • There is no capital investment.
  • You can avoid warranty, insurance, servicing and repair costs.
  • Have experts who can help you choose the best dehumidifier for your room and application.
  • This relieves you of the responsibility for maintaining, repairing and selling the machinery.
  • Make use of the most up-to-date dehumidification technology.

Situations that require the rental of a commercial dehumidifier:

1. When Water Damage Has Occurred

If your home floods due to a natural disaster or a burst pipe, it’s critical to dry it out as soon as possible. This is because mold will start growing in as little as 48 hours.

A dehumidifier is the most accessible and cheapest way to dry out a property. It removes moisture from flooring and walls. A dehumidifier allows you to close windows, which is perfect for cold winter months, or when the relative humidity outside is high. 

A commercial dehumidifier can reduce the relative humidity in a room by up to 20 percent. The dry air moves moisture away from wet products. This approach is quicker and more reliable than using fans. 

It is more powerful than using an HVAC device to cycle between hot and cold air. When you have water damage, a commercial dehumidifier rental is more effective. It prevents mold and bacterial growth.

2. Surface Preparation and Coating

Apply a protective coating, as high humidity causes corrosion and coating failure.

A commercial dehumidifier rental provides the perfect atmosphere. When you prepare the respective surface and apply the coating, it allows the coating to cure, whether you’re preparing a ship for a protective coating or intend to paint a room. 

Staff are happier, more relaxed, and efficient in a dry climate, which helps keep a project on budget and on time.

3. Establishing the Optimal Environment

Excess moisture levels in commercial facilities may often arise due to seasonal changes. This poses a threat to workers’ health, the building structure and sanitary conditions.

Businesses rent dehumidifiers in various industries when conventional building systems fail. They need to protect product or indoor air quality. The following are some examples of such industries:

  • Pharmaceutical research facilities
  • Manufacturing and storage facilities for food
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Health-care establishments
  • Restaurants.

Dehumidifier rentals

Renting a dehumidifier can work well, especially in an emergency. Various factors play a role in determining the size you need and how much it will cost. The price is influenced by:

  • Size of room
  • The severity of the problem
  • Availability of a drain
  • Types of circuits (115V or 220V)
  • Type of floor it will go on
  • Pickup or delivery

The cost of your rental will, of course, be proportional to the size of the work. Larger rooms with extensive water damage will need heavy-duty equipment, and the lack of a drain can require a long hose or extension cord. [4]

Standard rental rate

A $200 to $240 consumer dehumidifier, for example, can remove about 30 pints of water from the air per day (24 hours).
A $230 to $400 consumer dehumidifier, for example, can remove about 50 pints of water from the air per day (24 hours).
A $400 to $1100 consumer dehumidifier, for example, can remove about 70 pints of water from the air per day (24 hours).
A $900 to $1300 consumer dehumidifier, for example, can remove about 90 pints of water from the air per day (24 hours). [5]
Factors To Consider Before Renting A Dehumidifier
Factors To Consider Before Renting A Dehumidifier

Factors To Consider Before Renting A Dehumidifier

Price Comparison

Purchase Price Range versus Cost Per Pint Range

Buy Price Range In Dollars

$200 to $240

$230 to $400

$400 to $1100

$900 to $1300

Size In Pints





Cost Per Pint Dollars Per Pint

$6.67 to $8.00

$4.60 to $8.00

$5.71 to $15.17

$10.00 to $14.40

The cost to run a dehumidifier is also a consideration. For example, I have two 50 Pint dehumidifiers in my basement of my three thousand (2,500) sq foot home. 

Rent for a big dehumidifier can be as little as $40 to $50 per day. [6] 

Understanding of the equipment

Begin by learning about the advantages and disadvantages of various types of units. Desiccant material and a refrigerant condenser both remove moisture from the air. Both forms of dehumidifiers can do the job. Desiccant versions are more expensive to run, but work faster.

Refrigerator models have buckets that must be emptied. While they are less costly to buy, they need more user effort during peak demand periods. Consider a model with a drain hose or pump.

You must consider your choices by looking at your conditions. Desiccant dehumidifiers are less costly to buy. But running them may increase your electricity bill more than refrigerant type. When the desiccant material becomes saturated, it needs to be replaced. Prepare for a higher initial cost if you want a refrigerant model.

Refrigerant models can cost up to four times as much as comparable desiccant models. This depends on the power and features. Compressors may put a strain on your electrical system, raising your electric bill. Your device will fail or will not work well if the compressor coils are not maintained.


Another factor to consider when deciding whether to buy or rent is frequency. A dehumidifier can help with flooded houses, leaking pipes and damp basements. 

Determine the amount of work your dehumidifier will have to do. If you’re cleaning up after a flood or a leak, you’ll need large-capacity appliance. 

The cost of larger units is higher than that of smaller units. Big dehumidifiers are cost-efficient if you have lot’s of moisture or water infiltration. 

It is easier to rent a unit to get rid of floodwater and then focus on future prevention. 

If you often deal with leaks and water infiltration, a simple dehumidifier will help you. It will help prevent mold and structural damage.

Humid climates and high water tables create the need for a dehumidifier.

To keep your electricity bills under control, by an energy-efficient model. 

Cost to maintain

As you make your decision, know all types of dehumidifiers need regular maintenance. If you choose to buy a unit, read the care manual and inspect the parts often.

You must keep the coils of refrigerant models free of frost buildup, or you risk breaking your unit.

If you opt for the low initial cost of a desiccant model, you must take the time to replace the desiccant material. Keep spare material on hand. 

If maintenance is poor, dehumidifiers can cause water woes. Frozen coils and saturated desiccant can leak into and around the unit. This defeats the purpose of owning a dehumidifier.

Larger high-end dehumidifiers are more reliable and often need less maintenance. Larger units are more expensive in the short run. They are cheaper to operate in and maintain in the longer term. However, the electronics and blowers of large units need the hands of skilled technicians.

Replacement parts and filters are expensive. Large units that move a lot of water also can dump large amounts of water in the area if they malfunction. Renting is less of a hassle if you are not interested in maintenance.

Renting Vs Buying

Renting vs. Buying

What is the best option, to buy or to rent 

When buying or renting a dehumidifier, keep electricity costs in mind. Consider the big picture of demand, frequency, and features to make the best choice for your home.

For the total cost of owning a dehumidifier, look at the initial costs, servicing and power usage.

Before bringing the units into your house, consult with a rental agent and inspect them. Compare the units to the cheaper solutions. You will make an informed decision once you understand how dehumidifiers function. [7]

Final thoughts

Humidity can be a real headache in your home or workspace and you can’t not ignore it. Sometimes buying can be costly, especially if you need a heavy-duty dehumidifier.

Renting a dehumidifier can be a cost-saver, especially if you only need it for a specific short period. You can visit an equipment rental company and weigh the options of what works best for you.