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Basement Dehumidifier Recommendations & Questions

Posted by rdonchez (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 15, 13 at 8:20

I have a rather large unfinished basement and the dehumidifier that is down there now has become unbelievably loud. Therefore, I am looking for a replacement. Are there any brands that are generally recommended? I would prefer a model with a built in pump.

Also, what is generally the recommended humidity to keep in the basement? Thanks.


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RE: Basement Dehumidifier Recommendations & Questions

There are some threads at GW on dehumidifier brands. A central dehumidifier would be quietest, as it's part of the central HVAC system, which is usually in a separate room. However, the cost will be five-10 times that of a stand-alone unit. FWIW, I've always used basic stand-alone models from Woods.

The EPA says 30-50%RH; CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.) says below 60%; Woods recommends 50%RH.

This post was edited by worthy on Mon, Apr 15, 13 at 18:38


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RE: Basement Dehumidifier Recommendations & Questions

I have found 50% to be the best choice for me. Much lower means very long run times for the dehumidifier and of course much more cost for electricity. 60% is on the borderline of being too high. Some mildew can be expected at 60%.


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RE: Basement Dehumidifier Recommendations & Questions

I've begun researching dehumidifiers and did a search for the Woods models, a couple of which are currently being sold via Amazon (I'm in the USA, btw).

However, I also found this link which states that the manufacturer is now out of business, following a recall of about 2500 of their smaller size units:

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2003/CPSC-WC-Wood-Company-Announce-Recall-of-Dehumidifiers-/

Any suggestions for a currently available comparable product?


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