Aprilaire 1850 Dehumidifier
One of the most popular whole home dehumidifiers Aprilaire ever designed was the 1750, but with the retirement of this model, Aprilaire has replaced it with something that is
not only more effective but also quieter and smaller. The new Aprilaire 1850 whole home dehumidifier is an excellent solution to reducing indoor humidity throughout the home. By tying
directly into your existing HVAC structure, the 1850 removes moisture while making your home more comfortable and less hospitable to dust mites and mold. When you compare this new
model to the popular 1750, it is easy to see where they have taken contractor and customer input and improved this unit.
What I like about the Aprilaire 1850
Moisture Removal - Removing five more pints per day than its predecessor, the Aprilaire 1850 can pull out 95 pints of water per day
from the air in your home. That's twelve gallons of moisture in a 24 hour period. So not only is it more powerful, but it actually uses less energy per liter of water removed than
even the Energy Star rated 1830. (FYI, this model isn't Energy Star rated in its own right because certification measures for a 95 pint rated model are higher than that of a 70 pint model.)
With CFM that can reach 300 (depending on specific install conditions), the 1850 provides all the power and moisture removal capacity you need to keep medium and even larger homes drier.
Advanced, Convenient Controls - Unlike the rotary dial of the 1750, the new 1850 has a digital display. Using this LCD screen and push button controls
you can set your humidity level to an actual numerical value. With the old dial, this wasn't possible without a separate hygrometer. The internal humidistat gives you control over your humidity level
while the control panel allows you to set a variety of variables specific to your install. Additionally, the screen provides you with a filter change/clean reminder and displays specific
error codes to help diagnose any potential problems. Next to the control panel is a plastic cover, and printed on the underside of the cover is a quick guide to diagnostic codes. Lastly, the
control panel itself can be repositioned. You can move the controls from the top of the unit to the front for more convenient use.
Multiple Configurations - While the Aprilaire 1850 can be used as a stand-alone dehumidifier, is excels as an HVAC dehumidifier. Two included 10" ducting
collars allow for simple and easy integration into existing HVAC systems, and the condensate can be drained by directly connecting 3/4" PVC line to the machine or by using the supplied
adapter and barbed connection in conjunction with a 1/2" flexible drain line. The dry air discharge can be configured for the top or the back of the machine. Simply switch the panels and you're all set!
The feet are adjustable, and as mentioned above, even the control panel can be adjusted. This model also gives you the option to hardwire it into your home's electrical system, pull in fresh air
and open a louver, as well as connect wiring to a control panel that could be situated at another part of the house. While we STRONGLY recommend you have your 1850 installed by a licensed and
insured HVAC contractor, this model gives you and the contractor a wide range of installation options.
Noise Level - You will be hard pressed to find a quieter whole home dehumidifier. At 54 dBa, the 1850 whole house dehumidifier operates so quietly that you
will very likely never hear it run while in the home.
Smaller Size - When you can get better performance from a smaller, lighter dehumidifier, it's better for everyone. This makes installation
easier while making shipment of your dehumidifier, safer. Almost twenty pounds lighter and with a more compact profile, the 1850 is slim enough to fit in even some of the tightest
of spaces, including attics and even closets.
Like all of the Aprilaire dehumidifiers, the 1850 has all the standard features that have made it a very popular choice including steel construction, auto defrost,
auto restart after power outages and a five year warranty.
What I did not like about the Aprilaire 1850
With all of the improvement Aprilaire has made to their line of home dehumidifiers, it's a bit difficult to find glaring problems. The only thing I don't like about this dehumidifier, and this
complaint is essentially par for the course when it comes to this type of product, is that you will most certainly want to have an HVAC specialist install it. There are variables, like pressure
drop and wiring issues that the layperson may not have much experience with or consider when trying to install an HVAC dehumidifier. This can possible lead to problems with the unit or problems
with the warranty down the road. Even if you don't take full advantage of some of the potential install features of this machine, play it safe and get a certified/insured contractor.
Overall, the Aprilaire 1850 dehumidifier is an improvement over the 1750. With greater capacity, more flexibility, quieter operation and a smaller profile, the 1850 delivers solid
performance on all fronts. A five year warranty and expected lifespan of fifteen years make this investment an attractive one, particularly when it means a smaller impact on your power bill but
a big improvement in the comfort of your home. When installing, go with a pro, and you'll be reaping the benefits of reduced moisture, fewer allergens and greater comfort and convenience in no time.