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Old 08-06-2007, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Dehumidifiers: Who has experience with them?

The humidity here in Southeast Texas has been insane this summer, especially with the constant tropical down pours that we've been having every other day.

I live in a 800 sq/ft apartment, on the first floor, and was wondering if a dehumidifier would really help clean up the musty air, especially after a heavy rain.

Who all has experience with dehumidifiers and do they really help out with breathing, allergies and just keeping better control of air moister?
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:34 PM   #2
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They definitely help, but most of them tend be annoyingly loud. We've been using one in our basement for about 20 years.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:34 PM   #3
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Do you have any kind of air conditioning now?
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:35 PM   #4
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:35 PM   #5
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My basement would be a cave without one. The "dank" is overpowering, and starts forming within 1-2 hours of "FULL BUCKET" on the dehumidifier unit. Sears has good options.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:37 PM   #6
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For my birthday I got a humidifier and a dehumidifier. I put them in the same room and let them fight it out.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:41 PM   #7
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For my birthday I got a humidifier and a dehumidifier. I put them in the same room and let them fight it out.
Then I filled the humidifier with wax. Now the room's all shiny.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:41 PM   #8
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They are pretty loud. They do work though. They throw off a lot of heat as well so be prepared to deal with that if you want it to relieve some hot muggy days.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:44 PM   #9
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AC is a dehumidifier and will also keep you from sweating.

Just lower your thermostat.
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I was just wondering if there's a balance with both A/C and dehumidifier. I have heard that they can be loud and put off some heat but is that just for the larger ones, or will something like this work well without the heat and noise?

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...DSS&lpage=none
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They are pretty loud. They do work though. They throw off a lot of heat as well so be prepared to deal with that if you want it to relieve some hot muggy days.
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Just use your AC; that will cut the humidity without adding heat.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:50 PM   #13
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I was just wondering if there's a balance with both A/C and dehumidifier. I have heard that they can be loud and put off some heat but is that just for the larger ones, or will something like this work well without the heat and noise?

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...DSS&lpage=none
That one claims to be quiet but it will still produce heat.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:53 PM   #14
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I have been thinking about getting one, but don't know what more it will do that the central air doesn't do?

I love my built in humidifier in the colder months though!
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It's a trade-off. The basement is still the coolest place in my house, albeit not as cool as when the dehum. is off....
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I have the Kenmore one from Sears, it's loud, but it does it's job.
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I bought this one a few months ago - it works great, although, as others have stated, it does put out some heat, you'll still need the AC on.
http://www.amazon.com/Soleus-CFM-40-...6441243&sr=8-1
This unit is pretty quiet, very effective and can be hooked up in such a way as to have continuous drainage. It had a lot of positive reviews, so, I tried it out.
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