Although most of us have a dehumidifier in our home, you may be surprised to learn that you could also save energy with this appliance if you use it correctly!
Essentially, a dehumidifier works by removing excess moisture from the air. Moisture can be the cause of a significant number of issues, including the growth of mold and mildew. Not only is this a health risk for everyone in the home, but it could also lead to ruined walls and a decrease in the overall value of your home.
Here are some great tips on how you can make the most of your dehumidifier to live a healthy life and also save on your energy bills!
Which Dehumidifier Should You Buy?
There are three categories of dehumidifiers: residential, commercial, and industrial. For the purposes of removing excess moisture from the air in your home, a residential appliance is more than enough to do a great job!
Next, keep in mind that these appliances come in different sizes. The capacity of a dehumidifier is measured by the number of pints of water that the unit can remove in the span of 24 hours.
Which size you choose depends on two things: the size of the area that will be conditioned and the amount of moisture present in the air. For areas of up to 1000 square feet, a 25-pint model will be enough. Larger sizes of dehumidifiers include 30- and 40-pint models.
Benefits of Dehumidifiers
A dehumidifier will improve your home in the following ways:
- Prevents the development of mold and mildew.
- Helps maintain structural integrity.
- Dry air feels cooler and more comfortable.
- Eliminates uncomfortable odors.
- Reduces the sweating of your cold water pipes.
Great! But how does a dehumidifier maximize your energy savings?
How to Save Money with A Dehumidifier
Here are some great tips to help you use your dehumidifier in the best way to save energy and keep your home moisture-free!
- Maximize the settings – First, run your dehumidifier on a continuous high setting until the humidity drops to an acceptable level. Then, change the dial settings to the lowest level possible and let it run. This will reduce any further energy that will be spent on removing moisture in the long run – meaning less cost!
- Monitor the temperature of the room – If the temperature drops to less than 65F, check to see if any frost is forming on the evaporator coils. If this happens, turn the appliance off and wait for the room to become warmer and for the frost to melt.
- Clean the dehumidifier regularly – The air passing through the coils could carry dust and fungus spores. To stop this from becoming a problem, clean the coils with a vacuum, followed by wiping them with a damp cloth.
- Keep windows and doors closed – While the dehumidifier is working, close your windows and doors to help the unit do its job while spending less energy. You can open the windows if the outside temperature and humidity are low.
Start Saving with A Mass Save® No-Cost Virtual Home Energy Assessment
The Neeeco team can help you make even better decisions on how to save energy in your home.
Neeeco’s qualified home energy auditors can virtually inspect your home for energy losses and inefficiencies. After you receive your virtual home energy assessment, we will then offer you no-cost energy-saving devices and home improvements such as 75% or more off approved insulation and more.
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