Dehumidifiers in the past have mainly been used by those of us with damp issues, usually caused by a build up of condensation on windows in the winter months. Whilst this is still a very common use case, there are many other benefits to a dehumidifier that are worth mentioning. Here are a few ways that Dehumidifiers can save you money in your home!
What Are Dehumidifiers?
Dehumidifiers are used to effectively dry the air in our homes by sucking damp air over either an absorptive material known as Zeolite or by passing the damp air over a cold surface to condense the excess water and then the remaining dry air is blown back into the room.
The two types of dehumidifiers (known as Desiccant & Compressor respectively) are best used in different applications. Desiccant dehumidifiers are best used in garages or wine cellars where the temperature is normally much lower. Compressor dehumidifiers are best deployed in homes where the temperature is higher.
It’s a common problem in the UK to see condensation on windows when the temperature drops outside, and we turn on the central heating in the home. This is due to warm damp air meeting a cold surface, a window in this case.
Central Heating More Effective
If you’ve noticed rising central heating costs, then a dehumidifier could end up being an exceptional way to reduce costs. Essentially; dry air is easier to warm than damp air. If the relative humidity in your home is around 60%, adding a dehumidifier to your home and reducing the relative humidity to 40% means your boiler does not need to work as hard to raise the temperature in your home to the desired level.
Preferred by Many to a Tumble Dryer
The cheapest way to dry clothes is to hang them on the line in the garden. That’s not possible all year round so many of us turn to tumble dryers. These can be loud but most importantly, expensive to run.
Dehumidifiers use a fraction of the cost to effectively dry clothes. Whilst it will take longer to dry clothes this way versus using a Tumble Dryer, it’s reasonable to expect that a full load of washing can be dried using Laundry Mode on a dehumidifier in a few hours.
The ideal way to use a Dehumidifier to dry clothes is to put the wet clothes on a clothes horse next to a radiator, increase the temperature and also add a fan to the room. The heat will help lift the moisture off the clothes, the fan then helps to move that humid air away and the dehumidifier catches and removes the moisture far more effectively. All while still being cheaper than running a Tumble Dryer.
Everyone should have a dehumidifier in their home. They can make your heating more effective throughout the whole home, help you avoid expensive repairs by keeping moisture out of wood and could even replace your tumble dryer!
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