Dehumidifiers are used to help get rid of damp and condensation in homes, especially for those who are drying their clothes inside.
Using a dehumidifier for six hours a day costs around 8p, according to experts at Uswitch.
This is considerably cheaper than the cost of running one cycle in the tumble dryer, which costs around £2.
But using a dehumidifier inefficiently, and having it on for longer as a result, could be adding to your energy bills.
Luckily, Meaco’s founder Chris Michael has shared five top tips to “reduce the costs of running your dehumidifier”.
1. Reduce the moisture level
Households release moisture in their home in a variety of ways, from using the shower, cooking, washing dishes to drying clothes.
By monitoring these activities and finding ways to reduce humidity levels in your room (e.g. using a ventilation system when showering, opening a window when washing dishes), the dehumidifier will not have to do as much work, which will “reduce its running costs”.
2. Improve circulation and ventilation in your space
Increasing ventilation and air circulation in the home will also “dramatically” decrease humidity levels. Households can install an extractor fan in their bathroom, or open windows to encourage ventilation.
Chris said: “The less humidity and more comfortable you are in your room, the less you will have to run the dehumidifier.
“In winter though if you leave windows open for too long you will be introducing a lot of cold air which will push your heating bills up and will make people feel uncomfortable. Leaving windows open for 20 minutes or so after a bath or a shower (or cooking) is enough.”
3. Clean your dehumidifier
To keep “running costs low”, it is important to make sure the dehumidifier works as efficiently as possible.
In order to do this, it is “essential” that certain components are checked. The air filter will most likely need to be cleaned and the air vents clear.
The water tank in the dehumidifier needs to be emptied out regularly enough. As a general rule of thumb, you may need to empty a dehumidifier tank at intervals ranging from once every two days to twice a day, depending on the conditions.
4. Keep the dehumidifier in a suitable place
Make sure to keep the dehumidifier on a flat surface and about 15 to 30cm away from furniture or other objects.
This device should never be placed against a wall or it will have to work harder to generate airflow. It’s typically best placed in the hallway outside the bathroom.
5. Don’t overrun a dehumidifier
Chris instructed that households set the humidistat on the dehumidifier to 50 or 55%rh (relative humidity levels), when the relative humidity reaches this it will turn off and you will not be using more than 0.5 watts of electricity.
He argued: “There is no need to be running the dehumidifier to 40 or 45%rh unless you are drying a space out with serious damp problems.”