A humidifier is used to add humidity into a space, and it may be recommended for particular health ailments. A dehumidifier, however, is used to take humidity—or dampness–out of a space. These appliances can remove excessive humidity and improve air quality from damper spaces like the basement or any room in the home.
Like an HVAC unit, though, a dehumidifier if used often might bump up the energy costs of the home. For homeowners that need these appliances, an energy-efficient dehumidifier may be the best option. Here’s everything homeowners need to know about the savings benefits of an energy-efficient dehumidifier.
All About Dehumidifiers
Homeowners may turn to using a dehumidifier for damp, dank basements or in spaces that are simply thick with moisture (in the air…not flooding!). According to American Home Shield, these appliances not only remove excess moisture from the air but they also may help control dustmites, mildew and mold.
These appliances may be used in homes located in warmer, humid climates. Or those with allergies or other health issues may use them to help alleviate sensitivity. Of course, dehumidifiers also may be used in a basement, which can be more humid than other areas of the home.
While a dehumidifier may help those who suffer from allergies, American Home Shield explains that a dehumidifier also can decrease energy costs, possibly lessen issues with pests like roaches, and just make for a more pleasant atmosphere.
How Much Energy Does a Dehumidifier Consume?
While AHS notes that a dehumidifier could help lower energy costs, they aren’t free to operate. However, they are fairly inexpensive. According to Learn Metrics, a dehumidifier costs between a few cents and 16 cents an hour.
As the dehumidifier pulls moisture from the air, that appliance also might leave the air conditioning working a bit less. Especially if the homeowner nudges the temperature to deal with humidity issues…or bumps up the heat to warm up a cool wet basement.
If a dehumidifier is already fairly inexpensive, then what’s the benefit of an energy-efficient dehumidifier?
Saving More Energy: The Energy-Efficient Dehumidifier
While it’s true that the costs of running a dehumidifier aren’t substantial, opting for energy-efficient appliances can cut down costs and, of course, decrease the carbon footprint of the household. A home that uses only energy-efficient appliances can save a decent amount of money over time. In addition, those appliances also could qualify for rebates.
An energy-efficient dehumidifier that bears the ENERGY STAR logo uses more efficient refrigeration, but it also consumes about 15 percent less energy. Homeowners can choose portable dehumidifiers or a dehumidifier that works for numerous rooms (called “whole-house dehumidifiers”).
Some energy-efficient dehumidifiers could qualify for rebates, but this depends on what is offered by utility companies. Homeowners can reach out to their utility providers to inquire about rebates.
The Best Energy-Efficient Dehumidifiers
The best energy-efficient dehumidifier may depend on personal opinion…and maybe even budget constraints. However, ENERGY STAR compiled a list of the most efficient dehumidifiers for 2021. Homeowners can search through the list to compare the data on each option and find the best dehumidifier for their home.
How Much Does it Cost to Install a Dehumidifier?
Some homeowners might opt for the whole-home dehumidifier. According to Home Advisor, installation can run between $1,500 and $2,800. These numbers are not focused on energy-efficient options, however. In addition, a portable dehumidifier might be much less expensive.
Should Homeowners Opt for Energy-Efficient?
When given the option between energy-efficient appliances and a standard appliance, the energy-efficient appliance will offer some savings. These upgraded appliances also could qualify for rebates, which could help offset the cost.
However, to decide whether the investment makes sense, homeowners may have to do a little research and eyeball their own budget. The energy-efficient option could make more financial sense in the long run, but, in the short-term, the budget might only have enough room for a lower-priced option.
When homeowners want to cut energy costs, they can look at other money-saving options. A home energy audit can help homeowners find energy drains in their home and make changes to cut energy use…and, hopefully, lower their monthly utility bills.
While homeowners can hire a pro or even conduct their own home energy audit by going room to room and examining pipes/valves for leaks, outlets for unused appliances and other energy drains, HomeSelfe also can be used (for free!) to help simplify the DIY audit process. The app allows homeowners to take a picture of each room and enter energy use data. Using this info, HomeSelfe can identify ways homeowners can cut costs in each room. And the app even helps find rebates!