The Difference Between LGR and Conventional Dehumidifiers November 7, 2016 – Posted in: Blog, Dehumidifiers, Industrial
As a water damage restoration professional, you need professional-grade equipment that helps you tackled the toughest of jobs and deliver outstanding results for your clients. A powerful dehumidifier is a key component in your suite of tools.
What type of dehumidifier do you need? When shopping for the perfect dehumidifier model for your business and your clients, you’ll find both LGR and conventional options. What are the differences, and which is best for you? Here’s a rundown of LGR dehumidifiers vs. conventional dehumidifiers and their unique benefits:
Conventional dehumidifiers are designed for most water-damage remediation projects, and they can easily be transported from job to job and loaded and unloaded from a vehicle. They condense water vapor by passing air over refrigerated coils, and a heat pipe prevents frost from forming. Compared to LGR dehumidifiers, conventional models are not as effective or efficient at removing moisture and drying air in environments with large volumes of water as LGR humidifies are. However, conventional dehumidifiers are more portable and tend to be less expensive than their LGR counterparts.
LGR stands for low-grain refrigerant, which is a fancy way of saying these dehumidifiers provide maximum power in removing moisture from the air. How do they work? LGR dehumidifiers feature a double cooling system that lowers the temperature of moisture-filled air once inside the machine. This leads to more condensation that forms on the coils inside the machine, which in turn leads to more moisture pumped out and less moisture in the air that is returned to the room. When faced with particularly challenging water damage restoration jobs where higher amounts of water are involved, an LGR dehumidifier is your best bet for achieving maximum results.
Measuring Moisture Removal
As you shop around for the best dehumidifier for you, it is important to know how these machines are rated. You will find two different types of measurement for moisture removal: AHAM and saturation.
AHAM measurement is so called because the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers recommends it. AHAM ratings are recorded at average conditions, which means 60 percent humidity at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. AHAM measurements are known to deliver a realistic picture of what you can expect because they closely adhere to field conditions
Saturation measurements are taken at 90 percent humidity and at 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This represents more extreme conditions, and it gives a prospective buyer an idea of what a dehumidifier’s maximum potential is. Dehumidifiers can remove much more water in saturation conditions than AHAM conditions, so take that into account when comparing the two.
Discover Your Options at Aer Industries
At Aer Industries, we offer a huge selection of the equipment you need to deliver results for your clients. This includes a wide range of both conventional dehumidifiers and LGR dehumidifiers. Our conventional selection includes models like the B-Air® Vantage VG-1500, which removes between 75 and 99 pints of water per day in AHAM conditions. We also offer a huge selection of LGR dehumidifiers, like the B-Air® Vantage LGR VG-3000, which removes more than 100 pints of water each day at AHAM conditions.
Cost is important, too, and the VG-1500 runs $1,350 as compared to $2,799 for the LGR VG-3000. You’ll have to assess your budget and your needs before deciding which of these models is best for you, or deciding to explore other options from other quality brands like BluDri®.
Aer Industries: Experts in Water Damage Restoration Equipment
At Aer Industries, we take great pride in delivering the tools and equipment water-damage restoration professionals need to do their jobs and deliver the results that clients expect. When you want the best in water damage restoration equipment, trust us for LGR dehumidifiers, conventional dehumidifiers and so much more.
Browse our selection of water damage restoration equipment today and contact one of our experts by calling 855.345.3555 with any questions.