Typically humidifiers are run during colder months when various types of heating systems have a tendency to dry out the air in a home.
Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air and are usually run during the warmer, more humid months. Basements are prime areas for dehumidifiers.
Here are a few ways to save energy and stay comfortable when using these appliances:
- Purchase a low wattage unit. If your comparing dehumidifiers with the same capacity, check the wattages on the nameplates. A lower wattage unit that does the same job is a better value.
- Look for a humidifier with adjustable humidistat to maintain desired humidity and set so the appliance does not run continuously.
- It's estimated that a 175-watt humidifier running 240 hrs. per month (approx. 8 hrs. per day) uses 42 Kwh per month. At a rate of .14 cents per Kwh, that equates to roughly $5.88 per month to run the appliance.
- When using a dehumidifier adjust to lowest setting that still provides adequate dehumidification.
- Clean the unit. Dust or vacuum the dehumidifier at least once a year before you plug it in. If the unit is difficult to clean, check the owner's manual. Most portable humidifiers on the other hand, require cleaning or sanitizing on a very frequent and regular basis. Check owner's manual.
- Keep in mind that a 700_watt dehumidifier running 240 hrs. per month (approx. 8 hrs. per day) uses 168 Kwh per month. Based on.14cents per Kwh, it costs approximately $23.50 per month to run this appliance.
- Both humidifiers and dehumidifiers work best when air can circulate freely through the appliance. Place away from walls and bulky furniture.
- When shopping for appliances look for the Energy Star label. Energy Star appliances have been identified as being significantly more energy efficient than average comparable models
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