The purpose of a dehumidifier is to dry out your home’s indoor air. Its main goal is to keep the relative humidity inside at or around 50 percent, even in humid climates like ours in Palm Beach to avoid moisture-related problems like mold,?mildew, rot and other health problems associated with high moisture levels. In humid climates, maintaining a consistent relative humidity level can come at a costly price in terms of the electric bill.?
There are a few things you can do to control the costs of running your dehumidifier:
- Control outside water problems –?Your dehumidifier may be running all day because of additional water sources bringing more moisture into the air. Any water leaks, cracks in the foundation or inefficient windows or doors may be allowing water vapor in. If there’s a leak constantly adding more moisture to the air, your system is in overdrive. It makes sense to make sure your house is free of leaks.
- Air circulation – Consistently circulate fresh air through the space using fans and windows. ?Fresh air will get the air moving and help encourage air exchanges. For example, air in the basement is often more damp because there are limited air exchanges and what air does come into the basement is typically wetter to begin with.
- Consider upgrading – If you find your dehumidifier is running all the time, you may want to consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient unit.?Energy Star has labeled several products with the seal of approval. Another common problem is an insufficient size and capacity for the house and humidity situation. You want to look into getting a bigger humidifier. It may be more expensive initially but will save in the long run if it’s more effective in controlling the humidity level in your home.
For more information about your home’s dehumidifier, contact the experts at?Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning.?We’ve been serving the Palm Beach area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).?
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