Today’s energy code requirements have progressively made our apartments, condominiums, single family homes, vacation homes, hotel rooms and essentially all residential uses much “tighter” with respect to air movement, as intended.
After years of struggling to solve the problem, and after researching and refining building construction techniques, it was determined that the one uncontrollable variable is occupant behavior. In 2010, Brian Smith (a licensed general contractor) and Tom Honeycutt (a long-time developer/owner) began a search for a standalone in-wall dehumidifier with adequate capacity that could be affordably installed in a standard stud cavity, was quiet, relatively tamper proof and could be used for new construction or retro-fit applications. Basically, they wanted an in-wall dehumidifier unit as unobtrusive as an HVAC return in a wall that could be set to the desired humidity level and forgotten about by the occupants. Brian and Tom quickly determined that only three options existed in dehumidifiers for residential use.
First are those available at national hardware and building supply stores, usually designed to be free standing and on wheels. These work for certain applications, but not rental apartments where occupants dislike the noise, don’t want to empty the reservoir or “just don’t like the ugly box sitting in the middle of the floor”. Second, there are units for use in crawl spaces, which do a great job for what they are designed for but still didn’t fit the requirements. Finally, there is the whole house segment of units meant to tie into the existing HVAC ductwork, which did not meet their specific criteria.
Unable to buy an in-wall dehumidifier that met their needs, the two men decided to create a unit that met their specific requirements. They determined it could be done, but not affordably unless it could reach certain quantities during manufacturing. So, in late 2012, Brian and Tom formed Innovative Dehumidifier System LLC (IDS LLC) to share the expertise gained from this process and provide efficient dehumidification despite uncertain or unreliable occupant behavior.
The result of this effort is the the IW25-1, a quiet in-wall dehumidifier.