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Energy Make Over Contest

Energy Makeover Contest


You could be a winner!  The Energy Makeover Contest gives you twelve chances to win valuable prizes to enhance efficiency and conservation efforts in your home or business. Each month we will focus on a new topic to help you learn how little changes can help you save big!  The information gathered will help Sioux Valley Energy continue to educate our members about energy saving practices, safety, and ensure the programs we offer meet your needs.

Challenge Month #9 -- Dry Out Dehumidifier Costs

Dehumidifiers are beneficial for removing unwanted moisture and improving the indoor air quality. However, running dehumidifiers takes energy and adds to your electric bill, so it’s important to know when to use them and how to keep them
operating efficiently. Whether you have a portable dehumidifier or a whole house dehumidifier that supplements your existing HVAC system, maintaining your equipment will keep it performing at its best efficiency.

Be sure to regularly clean or change the air filters. Clean the condensing coils, air intake and exhaust grilles. Empty and clean the water bucket periodically. Ensure proper placement of your dehumidifier. To get the best results, place a portable unit at least six inches away from any walls to ensure proper air intake and exhaust.

Make sure all doors and windows are shut tight in the area your dehumidifier is operating. Avoid turning your dehumidifier off and back on immediately since it can short-cycle the compressor. Wait at least 10 minutes to turn the dehumidifier back on. If the space being dehumidified has temperatures that falls below 65 degrees F, you may want to consider buying a product that is specified for use at lower temperatures.

Frost can form on the condensing coils if the air temperature gets too cold and may negatively affect the performance of the unit by causing continual compressor cycling without removing moisture. If this happens, turn the unit off and allow it to defrost before turning it back on. Adjust the humidistat to remove only the necessary amount of moisture. The optimum relative humidity level in a space should be between 30% and 50%.

During the heating season, humidity levels should be no more than 40% to prevent window condensation. If your humidity setting is set too low, the dehumidifier will work overtime, running continuously and removing too much moisture from the air. If your dehumidifier doesn’t have a built-in humidistat, purchase a hygrometer to check your relative humidity level.

Get rid of humidity where it is created—always run your exhaust fans when you are cooking on the stove and when you are bathing. If your dehumidifier doesn’t pull water from the air when it runs, or if it has stopped running for no apparent reason, it’s time to repair or replace your dehumidifier. If you are shopping for a new one, purchase an Energy Star model. They use less energy and can save more than $220 in energy costs over the life of the unit according to Look for a model that features an automatic delayed start function and defrost function. Old dehumidifiers will need to be disposed of at a recycling center

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A PERFECT AIRE ENERGY STAR 30 PINT DEHUMIDIFIER ($200 VALUE)I!   Please complete the entry form and hit submit.

One entry per member.

Challenge Month entry must be received by May 31st to be eligible for the drawing.

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