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3 Tips For Enhancing A Dehumidifier's Efficiency

A dehumidifier can help maximize the efficiency of a central air conditioning and keep your home from becoming too humid during the summer months. If you are on the market for a dehumidifier, there are a few factors to keep in mind to make sure you have the most efficient experience possible.

Here are a few tips for enhancing a dehumidifier's efficiency.

Buy the Right Size

The size of the dehumidifier is the first step to making sure you have an efficient experience. Dehumidifiers are sized according to two factors: the square footage of your home and the general weather patterns for your area. Larger homes in areas with frequent high humidity will need the larger dehumidifiers, while small homes in somewhat arid areas can get by with a smaller unit.

You can find the recommended square footage range and weather conditions on the informational card or box for a certain dehumidifier. You will also want to look at the cubic feet per minute, or CFM. The CFM measurement refers to how much air the dehumidifier can move in a minute. A higher CFM is generally better as the unit moves more air faster, which means the unit is taking in and dehumidifying the air faster than other units with a lower CFM.

Installation Location Matters

After you have selected the right size of dehumidifier, the next hurdle is making sure that the unit is installed properly. The easiest way to do this is to call in an HVAC technician, such as John Legg's Heating & Air Conditioning, to perform the installation for you. But if you want to do the installation solo, or want to make sure an existing dehumidifier was installed properly, here are a few tips.

The dehumidifier needs at least a foot of clear space on each side to ensure that air can freely pass through and out of the dehumidifier. This means you can't install the unit in a small closet or right up against your air handler.

The dehumidifier is going to fill up with water as it strips the moisture from the air. So you also want to make sure the unit is installed on a level surface so that you don't end up with a water leak.

Know How to Do Maintenance

Dehumidifiers are appliances and need regular maintenance just like your water heater or air conditioning system. Understanding the required maintenance ahead of installation can keep you prepared for performing the tasks.

You will need to check the filter and water bucket at least once a month. Vacuum the filter clean and wash out the bucket with antibacterial soap to keep bacteria and mold at bay. You can also wipe down the exterior of the unit with a damp cloth at the same time.

Once a year, you will want to have the dehumidifier's coils cleaned with chemical cleaner. Coil cleaners are available at the hardware store, or an HVAC technician can perform the job for you.