What is a dehumidistat? How is it different from a humidistat? And what can it do for your home?
Here, we’ll talk about dehumidistats and what advantages they offer your home.
A dehumidistat is similar to a humidistat, which is a device that measures humidity inside a home in conjunction with a humidifier. A humidistat measures humidity and alerts the humidifier when the humidity level drops lower than the point you set for it. That then turns on the humidifier.
A dehumidstat works the opposite way. When humidity is lower than the controller’s setting, the dehumidifier’s electrical contacts open. When humidity rises, the contacts close. This works to remove humidity from the air and prevent excess humidity.
This is a way to keep humidity from rising above a desired level and save energy.
Maximizing Your Dehumidistat
What, then, is the best setting for your dehumidistat? Some homeowners put it at 60 to 65 percent, thinking this setting will save a lot of money. This is true in some respects; it does save you some, but not as much as you think.
When you set it at 60 percent, you are inviting a higher chance of mold and mildew coming into your home. The best setting, then, is between 30 to 50 percent. This may cost more than setting it at 60 percent, but it’ll help you in the long run because it’ll do a better job of managing humidity.
If you want ideal settings when you’re gone, put the dehumidistat at 50 percent and your air conditioner at 80-82 degrees. This will save you as much money as possible while controlling your humidity levels while you’re away. And when you’re in residence, just turn your dehumidstat on.
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