Last week I wrote about how it was just too hot to not run the AC. My husband and I live in a rental house and we didn't anticipate that when we ran the AC that the windows would start sweating like it was their job. Today I went out and got a $25 (!) dehumidifier from the classifieds. We are excited to see if it reduces our sweaty window problem but also to hear other peoples' opinions on this rarely discussed appliance.
While dehumidifiers use quite a bit of electricity, in my eyes they make up for it in that they prolong the life of other elements in your home that are susceptible to humidity. They are helpful for drywall staying dry, keeping wood floors from over swelling, carpet from getting dank and keeping mold from growing.
In my book, when used conservatively they help keep moisture at bay during the most humid months.
What do you think?