Can a Dehumidifier Help Lower Your Electric Bill?

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Having a basement dehumidifier in your home can make a dramatic difference not only in your overall comfort, but it will also help you reduce your air conditioning bill.  In general, consumers use dehumidifiers over air conditioning because of the utility cost difference, however when both are used together, most home owners have discovered the same temperature and comfort level, in their homes while saving hundreds of dollars on ever rising electric bills.

What to look for in a good basement dehumidifier?  In general look for features such as multiple fan speeds, automatic defrost, humidistat controls and automatic shutoff technology for easy and operation. This average home unit removes up to 20-30 pints of moisture every 24 hours. Other important features to look for are: auto shut-off function to prevent water from overflowing and automatic restart capability so the unit will come back on following a power outage.  Most home stores sell many models that may not effectively remove as much water as it will take to control the humidity in your basement.  These units will not remove as much humidity as a low-grain refrigerant dehumidifier. Now more than ever, it's easier than ever to enjoy the benefits of better, less humid air without running an expensive air conditioner. Many home units are free standing, and sit on wheels so you may easily transport them around your home.  However, to work effectively they need to be sized correctly to the amount of air to be dried.  This can be done most of the time with the help of a qualified equipment distributor.  If they can’t figure it out than many times they will call an engineer at no cost to you.

One of the most common problems home owners face after installation is the air not “feeling dry enough”.  Some possible solutions for this may be fairly simple.  Make sure the humidistat is set to it's “lowest” setting.  Also, make sure there are no curtains, blinds or furniture blocking the front or back of the unit. Another common issue is that the unit may not be sized correctly to the airspace.  You may also want to assure that all windows and doors are closed and secure. If your basement is dusty or contains lots of pet hair, make sure you frequently check the filters to assure they are not blocked or clogged.

In colder climates running the dehumidifier in the basement will also help make the whole house feel warmer in the winter months.  We feel much warmer in winter if the moisture is removed from the air, it will not impact your heating bill like it will an air conditioning bill, however it will make your home much more comfortable in the winter and summer time.  However the most important thing to remember is that sizing the unit correctly to the amount of air to be dried is the most important thing to remember.  If you buy a unit without making sure it is properly sized then there is a good chance you will not be satisfied.  

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This article was published on Monday 03 September, 2012.



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