Dehumidifiers – What makes them green?
The phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true when it comes to dehumidifiers being green. Energy Star® certified dehumidifiers require only a small amount of power to run. So they are efficient and cost very little to operate.
Another reason why dehumidifiers are green is that they prevent issues with your house that could harm the environment and be costly to correct. For example, dehumidifiers improve indoor air quality by fighting mold, mildew, and dust mites so that you can breathe freely. Mold and mildew grow in moist areas, like a damp basement or the cabinet under your kitchen sink. Molds reproduce through tiny spores that float through the air. Dust mites, one of the most common triggers of allergy and asthma symptoms also thrive, in high humidity. A dehumidifier brings down the level of moisture in your home, making it unfriendly to dust mites and limiting the growth of mold and mildew.
To really save on your utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint, work on maximizing your dehumidifier’s efficiency. Don’t keep it on all day, set it at a reasonable level (50 percent rather than 30 percent), and keep your doors and windows closed when it runs. Dehumidifiers should be placed well away from walls and furniture to keep air circulating freely. Keep it away from sources of excessive dust or dirt, since this can very quickly clog the machine. Be sure to check and clean your dehumidifier’s filter regularly this will help ensure that it is operating as efficiently as possible.
You also might be able to recycle the water that your dehumidifier collects. The water that shows up in your dehumidifier’s bucket is considered greywater. That means it is not suitable for drinking, but can be great for watering houseplants and flowers.
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