Aprilaire 1850F Dehumidifier
As the first part of redesigning the entire Aprilaire line of home dehumidifiers, the new AprilAire 1850F dehumidifier borrows much of what worked so well
with its predecessor, the 1710A, but improves upon a few key points. As the last several years have shown, the 1710A was an ideal unit for drying out
your basement or crawlspace, and 1850F retains the critical features while offering a better control panel and display, higher water removal capacity, and
a slimmer profile. Let's dig a little deeper and see what makes the new Aprilaire 1850F dehumidifier an excellent fit for any home or basement.
What I like about the Aprilaire 1850F
AprilAire dehumidifiers have long been know for being powerful units, and the 1850F is no exception. With a strong motor and superior airflow, this newly
redesigned crawlspace dehumidifier surpasses the 1710A by 5 pints per day, removing a total of 95 pints in a 24 hour period. That's nearly 12 gallons of water removed! Though
it is a powerful unit, it is not as loud as other crawlspace and basement dehumidifiers. This is because of an upgraded fan assembly and silence insulation, and it's so quiet
that you'll likely never hear it operate from the living spaces in your home.
An integrated humidistat has always been a feature of Aprilaire dehumidifiers, but in lieu of the rotary dial, the 1850F has a digital
display. No longer do you need to refer to the user manual to determine what "dryer" equates to, nor do you have to use a separate humidity gauge to
get an accurate reading. The LCD display will also flash a reminder every six months to wash or replace the MERV 8 air filter. This filter keeps the motor
free of debris while improving the air quality in the space where the 1850F is operating. Washing it once after six months of use then reset the display, and
six month later when it appear again, simply replace the filter to keep your drying at its best.
The only significant complaint with the 1710A dehumidifier (aside from the lack of a digital humidistat) was the size. Both the old and new models
do have casters but the weight and dimensions of the 1710A made it difficult for some to use in their crawlspace. No more. The Aprilaire 1850F dehumidifier
is trimmed down. Not only did it shed nearly 20lbs. in weight, but it now has a more rectangular profile instead of a square one. It is actually thin
enough to fit between most floor joists or studs, and this will make installation a lot easier for most folks.
This model is does NOT significantly add to your monthly power bill. It doesn't quite reach Energy Star
qualifications but uses less power than many comparable models. How does it do this? When you initially start the machine, set it to 55%. It will likely run a during the
first day or two as, like with many things in life, it's harder to get something than to maintain it. So while it pulls moisture from the air, the air will
then in turn pull excess moisture from the surroundings. After this initial run, you should then set the humidity to your desired level. Once every hour the 1850F should kick
on and run, sampling the air to check the current relative humidity. When it senses the humidity is higher then your set point, the
condenser will operate and begin extracting moisture. If
the humidity level is still below your desired level, it will shut back down and remain quiet for another hour until it samples the air again. This type of operation is efficient in that it
uses significant power only when it needs to and will sit idle when not needed.
On a personal note, I was glad they dropped the P-trap with the new model. For most people, it wasn't a necessary component and caused more confusion
than anything. You still do get a couple adapters if there is a specific way you want to drain the condensate, and there is 5' of included drain hose that
you can use in conjunction with a condensate pump or simply run to a nearby floor drain.
Like all AprilAire dehumidifiers and unlike most you'll find on the market today, the 1850F is proudly made in the USA.
Lastly, the 5 year warranty is among the best of all dehumidifier manufacturers.
What I did not like about the Aprilaire 1850F
For crawlspace, and even some basement applications, a condensate pump is handy to have. With the AprilAire 1850F dehumidifier, it can easily be used with a
condensate pump, but one does not come standard.
In the past, I was hard pressed to find many drawbacks with the popular 1710A dehumidifier, other than size and the manual humidistat. The new AprilAire 1850F dehumidifier eliminates
both of those concerns and improves in a couple other areas to make a good machine better. For damp basements or musty crawlspaces, the 1850F is looking to pick up right
where the 1710A left off, as one of the most reliable, efficient and durable home dehumidifiers available today.