Lower Your Electric Bill With A Dehumidifier
Warmer summer months often come with higher electric bills thanks to increased air conditioner and fan use. If you want to avoid higher electric bills this summer, consider investing in or upgrading your dehumidifier. Let’s take a look at how this strategy can lower your electric bill.
How Much Humidity Is Too Much?
Dehumidifiers are appliances that work to extract the moisture out of the air. They are used warehouses and other large, industrial buildings where humidity is a concern, but smaller versions are available for residential use. Excess humidity can cause a multitude of problems from exacerbating health conditions like asthma or eczema to ruining the construction of a home. In addition, a home that’s too humid can just feel uncomfortable.
Here are some telltale signs that your home might benefit from a dehumidifier:
- There are indications of mold or mildew in your home such as black spots on the walls, ceilings or doorways.
- There are water stains on the walls from condensation.
- Carpeting, bedding or furniture feels slightly damp to the touch.
- Your family frequently complains of feeling hot and sticky.
Humidity And Your Home
Dehumidifiers are easy to operate and run quietly in the background while improving the environment of your home. Here are some of the reasons why you may want to consider investing in a dehumidifier or upgrading your existing unit:
- Reduction in dust mites, allergens and mold.
- Elimination of opportunities for new mold to grow.
- Fresher, cleaner smelling air.
- Reduction in instances of skin irritation and upper respiratory infections.
- Improved sleep quality.
- Reduced dampness for clothing, bedding, furniture.
- Reduced dampness for household equipment, which reduces the opportunities for corrosion.
Dehumidifiers Can Lower Electric Bills
In warm and muggy climates an increase in air humidity prevents the body from releasing heat through sweat. As a result, the “real feel” temperature is higher than the actual temperature, and this generally causes people to crank up the air conditioner. Dehumidifiers pull the moisture from the air of your home, making the air temperature feel a bit cooler. Although both dehumidifiers and air conditioners use electricity, dehumidifiers consume less resulting in an overall savings in your electricity bill.
Dehumidifiers are available in a variety of styles and capacities. Some are designed for a single room and others for a whole home. Similarly, some models are equipped with special filters for those who suffer from asthma or allergies while others have an ultra-quiet mode which can be helpful for a bedroom.
If you already have a dehumidifier, it’s important to remember to change the filter annually and check the unit for mineral deposits as these can reduce operating efficiency. If your dehumidifier more than six years old, you may want to consider a replacement. Energy Star certified dehumidifiers are now available at mainstream appliance stores. According to EnergyStar.gov, an Energy Star certified dehumidifier can remove the same amount of air moisture as older models while consuming 30% less electricity.
Installing or upgrading your dehumidifier is just one way to reduce electricity expenses. If you’re looking for more ideas, check out our blog for inspiration. And don’t forget to take a hard look at your current electricity supplier. PointClickSwitch makes it easy for you to compare energy rates to be sure you’re getting the lowest or greenest rate available.