Dehumidifiers are excellent appliances for removing excess moisture from the air, thus preventing mold and mildew growth in your home.
You can even save energy with a dehumidifier, remove musty odors, and maintain your home’s structural integrity.
But, alas, like all appliances, dehumidifiers don’t last forever. If yours is old and inefficient but still in good working condition, you might want to consider recycling it. Here’s why that’s the best course of action and how you can do it properly.
Why Recycle Your Old Dehumidifier?
Dehumidifiers contain a chemical refrigerant that absorbs heat and humidity from the air. Since it acts as a greenhouse gas when released into the atmosphere, it can be quite damaging to the environment.
That’s why it’s crucial that dehumidifiers don’t end up in a landfill, also because they contain mercury that requires proper handling.
They have numerous plastic, aluminum, copper, glass, and steel components as well, all of which can be recycled and reused. Much more sensible than throwing them out, don’t you think?
Pay Attention to the AC Size
Getting an AC that’s either too big or too small will have a negative impact on your energy bills and comfort levels.
An AC that’s too small will need to run constantly to keep your home as cool as possible. You won’t be able to turn it off during the night, nor will you benefit from any energy-efficient features like two-stage cooling. Ultimately, your energy bills will be much higher.
Getting an AC that’s too big isn’t a great idea, either, even though it may seem like it would work better. Air conditioners work by cooling the air (thus lowering the temperature) and eliminating high humidity levels.
In most instances, a larger AC will quickly lower the temperature in your home, but it won’t be able to remove the humidity as fast, so you’ll end up with uncomfortable, damp air.
Fortunately, there are many AC BTU calculators you can use to determine the right AC size for your home.
Where Can You Dispose of Your Dehumidifier for Recycling?
There are many recycling companies and hazardous waste facilities where you can drop off your old dehumidifier for proper disposal.
However, there’s a program in Massachusetts that enables you to recycle it and get a rebate!
The Mass Save program is an energy-saving initiative sponsored by the state’s gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers. It promotes energy efficiency and helps the people of Massachusetts save more on energy bills.
Since 2015, Mass Save has been organizing dehumidifier recycling events across the state for all eligible residential electric consumers. Anyone who recycles their dehumidifier through the program receives a rebate in the mail.
To recycle your functioning yet inefficient dehumidifier with Mass Save, find an upcoming Mass Save Dehumidifier Turn-In Event near you and drop it off. As simple as that.
There’s even a contactless drive-through option for your convenience.
Upgrade to an ENERGY STAR Certified Unit
ENERGY STAR-certified dehumidifiers use 15% less energy than any of their non-ENERGY STAR-certified counterparts. That means you can save quite a lot on energy bills in the long run.
With Mass Save, you have a chance to upgrade to an ENERGY STAR-certified model and get an additional rebate! So, go ahead and check out the upcoming Mass Save recycling events schedule to plan your drop-off on time!
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