Let’s say you asked your local crawl space expert in Charlotte, NC, to inspect your crawl space and to give you recommendations. They urged you to invest in a dehumidifier to deal with persistent moisture issues. You inquired about what type would be best for your crawl space and they probably advised you to go with an energy-efficient model.
After shopping around, you realized the energy-efficient model is a slightly more significant investment. Is it worth it, and is it different from the standard dehumidifiers? Read on to find answers to these questions and other concerns.
What’s the Difference?
First, an energy-efficient dehumidifier consumes less energy. In other words, it requires less energy to remove moisture from the air than a standard unit. 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.
Noise levels also differ between these two designs. Conventional units are noisier than the efficient models as they use high-speed fans, so noise levels may be above 40dB. Because of this, you may not be able to operate it in a quieter mode.
Feature-wise, they’re also worlds apart. The energy-efficient unit comes with a sensor that detects moisture levels and a humidistat that turns the device on and off. Also, it has a self-draining system and air filters. The unit will clean the air and at the same time discharge water that’s collected from the air around your home. You won’t find these features in the old dehumidifiers.
Improve the Energy-Efficiency of Your Dehumidifier
You can invest in an energy-efficient model, but it won’t serve you fully if you don’t create the ideal environment for it. Here’s what you can do to get the most out of your dehumidifier:
- Shut all windows and doors: It makes no sense to bring in a dehumidifier and leave the doors and windows open at the same time. Keep them closed to stop moist air from coming in.
- Fix window leaks: Leaking windows will let moisture into your house. So check and seal all leaky windows. As you do so, ensure the attic ventilation doesn’t interfere with the internal temperature and humidity.
- Position your dehumidifier properly: Keep your dehumidifier away from dust and dirt as they can clog its filters and make it less efficient.
- Improve external drainage: Unclog any debris-filled gutters and avoid overwatering the garden beds that are adjacent to the foundation.
- Clean air ducts: High moisture levels can cause damp dust to settle and build up on your ductwork. Cleaning it ensures air flows freely.
- Seal foundation cracks: Inspect your foundation walls and fix any cracks that appear in order to reduce the amount of moisture that gets into the basement.
- Position dryer vents correctly: Poorly positioned dryers can send moist, warm air into your home, making it perpetually moist.
Tip: When shopping for a dehumidifier, check the operating temperature range. Buying an energy-efficient unit that suits the temperature range of the crawl space you want to dehumidify will ensure your device operates smoothly and properly.
If you have pressing questions about crawl space dehumidifiers or need help in installing a unit, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Mount Valley Foundation Services. We’ve helped hundreds of homeowners resolve moisture issues that foster the growth of mold in the crawl space and we’re happy to help you too.
Schedule a free inspection and estimate and get a lasting fix to your crawl space humidity problem.