Choosing the right dehumidifier for your humid crawl space can be a tricky affair. It can take time to sift through all the information and make sense of the technology.
We’ve created this post to show you the difference between a standard dehumidifier and an energy-efficient unit, as well as why the latter is better than the former.
Standard Dehumidifiers vs. Energy-Efficient Dehumidifiers
A good place to start is knowing the difference between these two dehumidifiers and what they have to offer.
- Energy Consumption: Energy-efficient types use less energy to clear moisture out of the room than conventional units. And they enable your HVAC systems to operate effectively, thereby reducing energy consumption. Standard units do quite the opposite as energy usage goes. An energy-efficient dehumidifier uses more efficient refrigeration coils, compressors, and fans to remove the same amount of moisture as a normal humidifier, but uses 15% less energy. Additionally, a high-capacity ENERGY STAR® certified dehumidifier removes more moisture (approximately 100 pints per day) out of the air for less electricity cost than conventional units.
- Noise levels: It’s another factor people consider when shopping for dehumidifiers. Efficient models have low fan speed that averages 40db or less, so they’re quieter in the home than the standard dehumidifier whose noise level can be higher than 40db.
- Set of features: Whenever you’re buying a dehumidifier, you’ll likely go for one that’s easy to operate and has automatic features. The energy-efficient dehumidifiers come with nifty features that make them hassle-free to use or maintain. For instance, these units feature a humidity sensor that detects the moisture levels and a self-draining mechanism that empties its tank. They also come with a two-stage filtration system that clears your air of pollutants and mold. Since this type is preset, it saves energy as it will shut off once the moisture level drops — not so with the conventional unit that requires manual operation.
Putting Your Dehumidifier to Work
Once you invest in an energy-efficient unit, here are things you can do to make it work for you:
- Set the optimal humidity level to 30-50% to help prevent mold and mildew growth as well as dust mites.
- Place your dehumidifier in the right place and ensure there’s enough room for air circulation.
- Shut all your doors and windows before you run your dehumidifier so it can run efficiently.
- Get a dehumidifier with an air filter and a built-in water pump that works automatically.
- Inspect and clean the filters of your dehumidifier from time to time.
Investing in an energy-efficient dehumidifier is one of the best decisions you can make. Not only does it save you energy, but it also allows you to arrest moisture without worrying about noise levels or how you’ll drain your unit.
Looking for an energy-efficient dehumidifier but don’t know what model and what capacity is right for your crawl space? Schedule a free crawl space inspection and estimate with us and find answers to all your questions.