Whole-home dehumidifiers come with a host of benefits. They dry out the air in your home which significantly reduces your mold risk, as well as health issues and property damage that could result from too much moisture. Still, though, many homeowners are reluctant to have a system like this installed or don’t want to run one more appliance as they fear the cost.
The first thing to keep in mind in this regard is that a dehumidifier can actually help you lower your air conditioning costs. This is because when you run your dehumidifier, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to cool the home. Therefore you can set the temperature up a few degrees so your AC won’t have to run so long during the day. There are additional steps you can take, as well, to ensure you’re getting the most out of your dehumidifier and not wasting money.
Purchase an Efficient System
When you purchase your dehumidifier, ensure that it is one with a high efficiency rating. In fact, the best thing you can do is purchase one that has the Energy Star label. These use 10%-20% less humidity to remove the same amount of water as conventional models, according to EnergyStar.gov.
Use Ceiling Fans to Circulate Air
The leading reason that basements and other rooms get so damp during humid times of the year is because water vapor collects in the air and has nowhere to escape. Creating an air circulation and outlet by way of windows can help with your humidity problems.
Use Your Dehumidifier Wisely
One thing to keep in mind is that a dehumidifier doesn’t work optimally in temperatures below 65 degrees. Therefore, it makes sense to only use your whole-house system when it’s above that temperature in your home. Our daytime temperatures may still be soaring above that minimum, but our nighttime temperatures certainly do drop, and warrant shutting off the dehumidifier for the evening.
To learn more about our dehumidifiers in San Antonio, TX, contact Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today!