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Old 07-18-2011, 09:23 AM
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How do I use a dehumidifier?

Would one dehumidifier work for the whole house if I put it in the lower level?
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:38 AM
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Probably not. I ordered model DEP400EW from this site last week for the garage. Their web site is very user friendly so you can learn more information on dehumidifiers. I placed my order on Tuesday and the machine arrived 2 days later on Thursday.

They have a youtube channel and here is one about dehumidifiers: http://www.youtube.com/LivingDirectInc#p/u/15/mCVAcIupTjs

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If you ran the intake to Phoenix Seriously, we have humidifiers in Colorado that run in the central AC/heating systems and Swamp coolers that cool and humidify whole houses. (they are placed high up in the house), so I don't see why a huge dehumidifier in the basement wouldn't work as long as there was a way for the heavier air to get to it.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:56 AM
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I'm talking about a DE-humidifier Kerry. Minneapolis is built on wetlands you know.
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I have a freestanding unit in the basement. Dries it out nicely and it runs pretty much all summer long. It doesn't do anything for the ground level higher. One per floor I would think.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:06 AM
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I think I might go get one today.
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I'm talking about a DE-humidifier Kerry. Minneapolis is built on wetlands you know.

oops, typo on my part.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:13 AM
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I think I might go get one today.
If it's for the basement, get one that can drain via a hose to the floor drain.
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If it's for the basement, get one that can drain via a hose to the floor drain.
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I use a dehumidifier in my basement and use one of those braided steel hoses intended to hook up a clothes washer to the house water supply as the drain hose. They're about 3 - 4 feet long, making it suitable to run to a floor drain.
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I need to get one for my Printshop, paper is VERY sensitive to moisture.
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Last year, in the dungeon, when the A/C ran a lot, it would rain off the ducts. Not too good for anything down there. This year I have a dehumidifier running non-stop down there. Much better, no rain and water is mostly in the sump, except when it rains outside.
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If you ran the intake to Phoenix
I have a Phoenix (a 200MAX I think?) sitting in my laundry room. My thermostat has an output for a dehumidifier, so I mounted a contactor on the wall and wired it up. It works great and keeps the house at 60% RH regardless of what the air is doing.

My only concern is cycling the Phoenix so much... usually you just plug them in and let them run. Think there's a risk of damage having it power on / off multiple times a day?

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If it's for the basement, get one that can drain via a hose to the floor drain.

I have one bought used, they work well. My main one is in the basement.

Drying out an upper floor will also help a lot if there's a bathroom on it, because it will reduce the chance of mildew in the towels.
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I have a Phoenix (a 200MAX I think?) sitting in my laundry room. My thermostat has an output for a dehumidifier, so I mounted a contactor on the wall and wired it up. It works great and keeps the house at 60% RH regardless of what the air is doing.

My only concern is cycling the Phoenix so much... usually you just plug them in and let them run. Think there's a risk of damage having it power on / off multiple times a day?

-J
I know some contractors I'd like to mount on the wall and wire up.

Oh, wait....nevermind.
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