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Dehumidifier

For fresh air and energy savings, purchase an energy-efficient dehumidifier. The average ENERGY STAR® dehumidifier can save up to $175 over the life of the unit.

ENERGY STAR certified dehumidifiers have more efficient refrigeration coils, compressors, and fans, compared to conventional models, which means they use less energy to remove moisture.

Energy Information

Yearly Cost Savings:

15% vs. standard non-ENERGY STAR Models

Rebate:

$25

Get Started:

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How to choose the right size dehumidifier

A dehumidifier pulls moisture from the air, helping to reduce humidity and improve the quality of air, but it should be properly sized for the needs of your home. A dehumidifier that is too large will waste energy and lead to higher electricity bills. Bigger isn’t always better. The size you'll need depends on the size of your room (or basement) and the amount of moisture present in the air. Use the chart below to estimate the capacity you are looking for;

  Size in pints per 24 hours
Dampness 500 sq. ft. area 1000 sq. ft. area 1500 sq. ft. area 2000 sq. ft. area
Moderately Damp - space feels damp and smells musty only in warm, humid weather. 10 pints 14 pints 18 pints 22 pints
Very Damp - space always feels damp and smells musty. 12 pints 17 pints 22 pints 27 pints
Wet - feels and smells wet. Seepage occurs. Mold and mildew growing on surface. 14 pints 20 pints 26 pints 32 pints

Other ways to reduce humidity in your home

  • Keep basement and crawl spaces sealed off from the outdoors.
  • Install gutters and divert roof runoff away from the foundation.
  • Improve grades around the foundation to drain water away.
  • Cover dirt floors in crawl spaces and basements with heavy-duty plastic.
  • Ensure that clothes dryers are properly vented to the outdoors.
  • Wrap cold water pipes with pipe insulation to eliminate sweating.
  • Use exhaust ventilation to remove moisture generated by showering, bathing, and cooking.
  • Reduce the number of plants in humid areas.
  • Do not store wet firewood in the basement.
  • Do not open basement windows and doors in the summer to dry out the basement. This can make the problem worse by allowing moist outdoor air into your cool basement, causing increased condensation.

Rebates

The DCSEU offers a $25 rebate on qualifying dehumidifiers. The select appliances eligible for this rebate help you save more energy and money, while helping to protect the environment.

Qualifying Products

View the list of qualifying dehumidifiers

Rebate Form

Eligibility

The dehumidifiers eligible for a $25 rebate meet ENERGY STAR® specifications.

Find a Store

 
M&M Appliance Sales and Service, Inc.
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6201 Blair Road NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 882-7100
http://www.mandmappliance.com/



Lowe's - Washington, DC
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2438 Market St NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 378-2500
www.lowes.com



Home Depot - Rhode Island Avenue
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901 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 526-8760
www.homedepot.com



Ace Hardware - Logan 1734
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1736 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-8900
http://www.acehardwaredc.com/index.html



Frager's Hardware
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1323 E Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-6157
www.fragersdc.com



Costco Washington, DC
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2441 Market Street NE
Washington, DC 20018
http://www.myrebates.net/




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