Finding a dehumidifier can be more complicated than you may imagine. A variety of factors come into play, and it does take some time and knowledge of the subject matter. Although we generally recommend you get some expert advice before making your decision, it’s always a good idea to do your own research.
Crawl Space Dehumidifiers
One of the first decisions you will have to make when choosing a dehumidifier is whether you want an energy-efficient one. There are pros and cons to standard dehumidifiers and energy-efficient ones, so we decided to put the two head-to-head to help you make the right decision for your home.
Standard Dehumidifiers vs. Energy-Efficient Dehumidifiers
Let’s start by taking a look at how these two types of dehumidifiers are similar and different. By stacking them up against each other, we can find out more about what each has to offer.
As you can imagine, energy-efficient dehumidifiers use a lot less energy than standard dehumidifiers. Other than the obvious money-saving benefits homeowners will reap from this, lower levels of energy consumption in the home will result in a more efficient HVAC system. How so? Each home receives a certain amount of energy at any one point in time through the power grid. In other words, power consumption is limited by local utilities as a means of ensuring uninterrupted service to all homes in the areas. If you have a dehumidifier that’s hogging your power supply, there will be lower levels of it left over for your HVAC system.
Conventional dehumidifier units, on the other hand, can actually compromise your HVAC system. To clear moisture out of your crawl space or basement, standard dehumidifiers can use up to 15% more energy, leaving the rest of the devices in your home competing for the power supply.
So how do energy-efficient dehumidifiers work? Their refrigeration coils, compressors, and fans are more streamlined. For homes in the Detroit, MI, area, this can make a load of difference, particularly over the winter when the average home’s HVAC system may be struggling to keep your family safe and warm. At FSM, we recommend the high-capacity ENERGY STAR® certified dehumidifier. We’ve worked with this unit for a long time and have seen the difference it has made in customers’ homes. Its performance far surpasses that of conventional units.
In addition to using less energy, environmentally friendly dehumidifiers also make less noise. They are quiet because they use the latest technology. Energy-efficient dehumidifiers have very low fan speeds, which means you will never hear it when they are working in your crawl space or basement. Fan speeds currently average 50-60 decibels, but many units feature even lower levels.
Through our work with Detroit, MI, area homeowners, we have realized just how important this feature is. Many homeowners that have had mold or other humidity-related problems in the past have found themselves risking the health of their homes by turning off their dehumidifiers because they just couldn’t take the noise anymore. Don’t find yourself in this unfavorable position. Consider how an energy-efficient dehumidifier could be beneficial for your basement or crawl space.
Although we do not recommend that you install a dehumidifier on your own, you will need to be acquainted with it and be able to do some light troubleshooting. The easier to operate your dehumidifier is, the better. You don’t want to spend hours looking through the manual when an issue comes up. You want to be able to react quickly and get on with your day.
We recommend a unit that’s very autonomous. Energy-efficient dehumidifiers are technologically more advanced than conventional units, which means many have automatic features. This makes them less of a hassle to use.
Environmentally friendly dehumidifiers also come with some very handy features like humidity sensors. These sensors will constantly be checking the level of moisture present in your crawl space or basement at any time and adjusting how extensively they need to be working.
Another nifty feature you may want to be on the lookout for is a self-draining mechanism. Not having to empty your dehumidifier’s tank is a huge load off your mind.
Putting Your Dehumidifier to Work
If you have decided to go with an environmentally friendly unit that saves energy, the following are some steps you can take to get the most out of it:
- The optimal humidity level should be set somewhere between 40% and 55%. This will help keep your basement or crawl space at optimal levels and prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
- Find the perfect spot for your dehumidifier. It should be in a spot that gets a lot of air flowing in and out.
- For your dehumidifier to work at optimal levels, all the windows and doors in your basement need to be closed. Alternatively, if you plan to put a dehumidifier in your crawl space, you will want to make sure it has been properly encapsulated by a professional.
- Do a spot check on your dehumidifier from time to time just to make sure everything is in working order.
One of the best things you can do for your basement or crawl space is to get an energy-efficient dehumidifier. It will keep your home safe, dry, and free of mold. Get in touch with a crawl space professional at FSM today to schedule a free estimate!