What’s the most efficient way to run a dehumidifier?
I have tried everything but short of a DER i can’t reduce the humidity load of the basement so i have little choice to bring in a dehumidifier.
The one i am getting is oversized according to online sources, 500sqft needs a small dehumidifier but i am getting a 70 pint energy star rated frigidaire (long story). It uses 746W and pulls 70 pints a day at 1.85L/kWh.
It has two fan speeds, if i set it at 60% humidity and the manual says nothing about compressor energy usage being adjusted with the fan which will use less energy assuming it brings the humidity down to 60% from 90-100% today. Before people say just get a smaller one there is also a crawlspace and brick wall that are porous so while i do intend to cover the dirt in the future i simply cannot afford the cost now (and it needs digging out, this house is a pain) and the small dehumidifier may not be enough at present (but it might be, i have no way to calculate this).
Thanks for your thoughts.
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