Humidity is a popular topic among friends and neighbors where I live in northern Colorado. It's like we have no humidity at all. Well, not exactly, but it averages around 20 percent during the summer and fall months. We have a humidifier in our home to keep the air moist, and it runs 24/7 year-round. Low humidity does have its benefits, not the least of which is no mold or mildew. High humidity, though, is troublesome for many. This topic came to mind when I heard from Wayne a few days ago.
DEAR MARY: I enjoy reading your daily emails, particularly the ones about appliances. Do you have any recommendations for a quality dehumidifier for my home? Thanks in advance! — Will
DEAR WILL: Apparently, you and I make a great team. I love testing, reviewing and recommending household appliances. I am confident in two different high-quality dehumidifiers (depending on the size of the space you're working with), and I'm happy to share the details with you. They both happen to come from Frigidaire, and they're both available on Amazon.
FRIGIDAIRE FAD504DWD Energy Star 50-pint Dehumidifier ($189). This machine dehumidifies 50 pints per day. It will operate continuously as long as it is near a suitable drain in an area up to 1,500 square feet. It will help eliminate bacteria, odors, mold, mildew and other airborne particles. This machine is very quiet and allows you to control the exact percentage of humidity in the room.
FRIGIDAIRE FFAD7033R1 Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier ($218). You may want to go for this 70-pints-per-day unit that covers an area up to 2,500 square feet. It, too, will protect your home from mold, mildew and other airborne particles that can cause difficulty breathing. This is a remarkable machine that operates quietly and efficiently. Check out the additional features, including a digital humidity readout, 24-hour on/off timer and control lock.
For links to these dehumidifiers and more please visit www.everydaycheapskate.com/humidity.
DEAR MARY: I had a similar problem to Marge. (See column titled "Help! My Shark Vacuum Is Acting Awkward and Stubborn.") My Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional vacuum, which I love, was acting up. It was making a noise when the brushroll feature was engaged. I contacted Shark customer support, and based on my description of the problem, the representative shipped the bottom piece of the vacuum to me. The assumption was that the motor that runs the brushroll wasn't working. My Shark was less than a year old. I love it even more now! — Theresa
DEAR THERESA: Thanks for this great feedback. I've never had a reason to contact Shark customer service (I have multiple Sharks, all of which I purchased for the purpose of testing and reviewing, but then end up loving). However, should the need arise, I am so happy to know that the Shark customer service representatives are responsive and helpful.
DEAR MARY: I saw your article about getting discounts on dental savings plans. Which do you think is the best plan for a parent and child? Are there any savings plans for vision? Thanks so much. — Wayne
DEAR WAYNE: Actually, many of the insurance companies now offering dental savings plans, which I wrote about in the column titled "Dental Savings Plans Will Put a Big Smile on Your Face," include and/or offer companion savings plans for vision, hearing and pharmaceuticals. Remember, a dental savings plan is not dental insurance, and the companion plans are not equivalent to vision insurance or prescription medication insurance. They are membership plans similar to those we know (and love) for warehouse clubs like Sam's Club and Costco.
To learn more, go to EverydayCheapskate.com/DentalPlans, and click on any of the links for specific deals about each plan. See how each plan compares with you and your family's needs, and which work best for your location.
DEAR MARY: I read your article on dental savings plans and actually signed up for a family plan the very next day. We saved $600 at my husband's appointment. Thanks for the information. I am letting all my friends in on this well-kept secret! — Gail
DEAR GAIL: Great news! I am thrilled to learn that a dental savings plan is working for you and your family.
Mary invites questions, comments and tips at [email protected], or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of "Debt-Proof Living," released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.