Considering the fact that relative humidity plays a vital role in human existence but excess of it is not good for health. And if you are living in a home with too much moisture or humidity there is a need to balance the moisture level in your home by removing the excess wetness.
For you to achieve this, you will need a vital home improvement equipment such as the dehumidifier and buying one can indeed be a complex process especially if you are new to different brands available that happens to be the best you may want.
Do You Need A Dehumidifier?
During the summertime, when humidity level is at its peak, a dehumidifier can help reduce its amount as it is designed for moisture removal.
However, before shopping for a dehumidifier, there are certain low cost steps you can do to lessen humidity levels before thinking of purchasing a dehumidifier as it is more economical to prevent too high humidity than to remove it through the use of dehumidifier.
- Check for any blocked chimney.
- Check downspout and gutters.
- Slope soil far from your foundation.
- Cover up sump pump pits.
- Don’t over water flower plants close to the foundation.
- Dry your clothes outdoor.
- Open the kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans to the outside.
- Increase the circulation of air in wet areas.
If you have practically done all these things and yet your home still feel damp then consider shopping for a dehumidifier.
One of our previous posts contains information on how to choose and purchase the best dehumidifier of your choice. However, dehumidifiers come in different models and brands. You will likely to see the basement and the whole house dehumidifier units.
Top 2 Things to Know before Purchasing a Dehumidifier
How Much Does It Cost To run a dehumidifier?
Generally, dehumidifiers running cost can be from $5 to $10 per hour of operation while monthly cost is about $15 to $45 and are common during the summer but can increase up to $50 above per month if you virtually run the dehumidifier for long hours.
However, to save dehumidifier running cost,
Look for ENERGY STAR dehumidifier
Energy star rated dehumidifiers reduced electricity bills by removing moisture more efficiently. Generally, dehumidifiers with more pints per day (larger capacity) are considered to be more efficient. However, the efficiency of a dehumidifier is rated by the energy factor i.e. the liters of water the unit can remove in an hour of the electricity consumed (l/kWh). So if you are to choose between two energy rated units, look for the one with the highest energy star factor.
Guidelines to Using a Dehumidifier
- Program the humidity level so that the device does not run nonstop. For basement areas, 50 percent relative humidity (RH) is recommended in the summertime.
- To help reduce running cost, set the dehumidifier to night shift. Turn on the dehumidifier to turn it off when desire humidity level is reached.
- Before running it, make all the windows and doors are closed.
- Place the dehumidifier in areas of your home where there seems to be high moisture level but avoid putting it on top of water.
- Locate it far from your wall or any obstruction for air to flow through it.
- If your dehumidifier supports a draining hose, ensure to connect it to the dehumidifier if you think emptying of the tank is workload. For those models that has no hose features, ensure to always check the bucket to empty it or set the dehumidifier to turn itself off when filled up.
- Choose between fan speeds. Higher speed is more efficient in humidity removal but can noisy while low speed is quieter but less efficient.
- Keep your dehumidifier clean by wiping or vacuuming dust from the coil or fan to increase dehumidification rate.
If you are operating a dehumidifier, you must make sure you clean and wipe the dirt and sure from the fan and coils