What Makes a Dehumidifier Eco-Friendly?
Dehumidifiers are getting smarter when it comes to getting rid of stuffy mold-causing humidity, helping cut your energy costs, and being easier on the environment. The newest line of Soleus Air dehumidifiers leads the pack with the Soleus Air SG-DEH-70-2 Dehumidifier, recently named a Best Buy for efficiency, among other features, by a leading consumer reporting magazine.
But what exactly makes a dehumidifier eco-friendly? These days, it’s much more than an Energy Star seal of approval. Mostly, it comes down to energy-saving features that help reduce the machine’s impact on the environment. If you’re looking for a home dehumidifier and you’ve got energy and the environment on your mind, let these bells and whistles guide the way as you narrow down your choices.
Dehumidifiers with adjustable humidistats let you set your desired humidity level for your space. These give you more control over the humidity in your home and automate the dehumidifying process, so you have the best shot at energy savings. Onboard humidistats also mean that once your ideal humidity is reached, the fan and compressor run intermittently to maintain humidity, reducing the unit’s energy consumption overall.
Let’s face it. Do you really have time to babysit your dehumidifier? Programmable timers increase energy savings by allowing you to program exactly when you want your dehumidifier to run and when it should take a break. This means more control over energy use and less of an impact on your power bill.
Air filters are helpful for removing symptom-triggering allergens. But primarily, their purpose is to protect a dehumidifier’s internal components. As a dehumidifier pulls in humid air, it also pulls in damaging dust and particles that can make the compressor and fan work harder. Air filters capture these particles before they enter, ensuring that your dehumidifier maintains high efficiency and a low carbon footprint.
Automatic defrost systems remove frost buildup so a dehumidifier can continue operating in cool conditions. Most defrost systems will shut off the unit’s compressor automatically while the fan continues running to melt ice buildup. This reduces energy consumption when the dehumidifier isn’t actively dehumidifying and prevents damage that may occur in freezing temperatures.
Eco-friendly refrigerant is the new standard in refrigerant-based appliances, including dehumidifiers and air conditioners. Most residential dehumidifiers nowadays use R-410A refrigerant, which doesn’t contribute to ozone depletion. This type of refrigerant also makes a dehumidifier more reliable, quieter, and less vulnerable to wear and tear. Read more about the benefits of eco-friendly refrigerant in this post.
Energy Star Seal
What’s really behind that pretty blue seal? When you see Energy Star listed as a feature, it means the dehumidifier will use 15% less energy to dehumidify your space than a non-Energy Star dehumidifier. This is possible because Energy Star dehumidifiers are built with more efficient refrigerator coils, compressors, and fans. This saves you up to $220 in energy costs over the life of your unit.
Ready to shop? Check out our eco-friendly dehumidifiers and find the right one for your needs. Two of our most popular brands are PrimeAire and Santa Fe dehumidifiers. These models are Energy Star-rated, air filters, and various other efficient features.