Saving Money with Low-Cost Features
Traditional dehumidifiers were used to lower and control indoor moisture levels. Dehumidifiers are typically installed in basements and crawl spaces as opposed to the main floor living space because these are the areas that tend to need the most moisture control. Up until recently, dehumidifiers were expensive to run, required daily maintenance, did not address ventilation and air exchange, repetitively recycled the same stale air, and some presented fire hazards.
Dehumidifiers are now available that have addressed the above weaknesses. Energy-efficient models are now available that are up to 90 percent less expensive. The energy cost savings average around $2 per month in electricity versus the average of $36 for the traditional dehumidifiers. At an approximate $400 per year operational cost reduction, it is well worth comparative shopping.
A good basement dehumidifier can insure proper humidity control and protect your basement and valuable investments
Review the benefits of having a dehumidifier, and there is no denying that the costs of buying and operating one far outweigh not having one in your home protection arsenal:
- Reduced Risk of Health Issues & Costs - Indoor air quality directly affects the immune system functions. Allergies, colds, flus, and other viruses are minimized with high-quality dehumidifiers because the incidence of molds, mildew, and fungi are much lower.
- Energy Savings - Moisture prevents the full utilization of heating and cooling systems because the air molecules of damp air are heavier and do not allow for optimal air circulation.
- More Home Value - A damp basement tends to be cooler than the main floor living space, leading to basements that are not fully utilized. It is estimated that a basement can provide about a 35 percent increase of living space. A high-quality dehumidifier will keep the temperature consistently comfortable, providing enjoyable surroundings.
- Improved Chances of Selling Home - Real estate that has living spaces maximized are the most attractive to potential buyers. A fully finished and comfortable basement is a large draw because of its multiple functions.
- Minimize Mold Damage - Many insurance carriers are not covering mold-related expenses. The cleanup and replacement costs often exceed tens of thousands of dollars because of the costs of walls, flooring, carpeting, and furnishings. Choosing a high-quality, energy-efficient dehumidifier saves many potential expenses.
Warranties for the traditional humidifiers are very short-term, but now models can be found with up to 10-year warranties. Another benefit of these improved models is the capability of continuous air exchange. The improved air quality directly lowers the risks prevalent from moisture, mold, and condensation. Eliminating wood rot in window frames and sills, keeping moisture out of sheetrock, drywall, wood, and concrete can save unnecessary remodeling expenses. Features to look for in these newer models include the following:
- Maintenance-Free Models with water vented directly outside.
- Automatic Operation that can be unattended for long periods of time. There are no thermostats to adjust or large buckets to empty.
- Energy-efficient models operating at 38 watts of electricity will provide the largest cost savings. Drier air uses less energy to heat and cool, reducing overall energy consumption.
- Environmentally-Friendly Models offering no CFCs or Ozone. Fans operating quietly at 40 db and requiring no washing or replacing of contaminated filters.
- Large Capacity Units (depending on the model), will service 1300 square feet and up to 1800 square feet. Eliminating the need for multiple units.
- Compact Designs blending into most interior decorating themes. There are also wall-mounted models available.
- Best Indoor Air Quality models not using recycled air, eradicating stagnant air, and requiring little maintenance. The newer models reduce the humidity, remove musty odors, and eliminate dampness from fresh air.
For homeowners looking to take advantage of the features and benefits of the higher-efficiency and hassle-free models, it is time to do some comparison shopping. Your current dehumidifier could be costing you more money to operate each year than it would cost to replace!