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Old 09-22-2008, 08:11 AM   #1
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There is something in my room that is causing the humidity to reflect a jungle-like environment. I have no idea what it is, but I can crank the AC down and every other room becomes nice, dry, and cold...except for my room. I'm thinking about getting a de-humidifier to remedy the problem.


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Side note, my new apartment in general is VERY well insulated as the temperature will not climb over 80 even when the AC is off ALL DAY. I have a laptop computer which goes on Standby at night, and an LCD TV which gets warm but shouldn't make my room hot/humid especially after being off for hours.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:15 AM   #2
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De humidifier's work great. I have the same issue, but with the whole house. If I don't leave the air one, the house gets really humid when I get home. After leaving the air on for a hour or two, it seems to get fine.

I suggest leaving the air on while you are gone, but program it at a higher temp like 76 or 77.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:17 AM   #3
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they work great. This past week I had no power in my basement, and it got musty. Once the power came back on, dry as a bone, and I am not running the ac...
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:17 AM   #4
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De humidifier's work great. I have the same issue, but with the whole house. If I don't leave the air one, the house gets really humid when I get home. After leaving the air on for a hour or two, it seems to get fine.

I suggest leaving the air on while you are gone, but program it at a higher temp like 76 or 77.
It doesn't matter if the air is on. My vent is full-bore open position and even at night I can crank it down and there will be, what feels like, a 4-5 degree difference in temperature. I've cranked it so low before to where it was a little more than comfortable, but my roomate got up in the middle of the night and turned it back up because he was frozen. I'm all out of idears.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:20 AM   #5
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Any particular brand or capacity I should look for?
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:25 AM   #6
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My basement would be a cave w/o a dehumidifier. I empty a gallon of water every day during the summer months.

Got mine at Sears.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:30 AM   #7
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Any particular brand or capacity I should look for?
I've been really happy with my Whirlpools.

As for capacity.. is there any way you can plumb a line or run a hose? Emptying a dehumidifier every day gets old.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:32 AM   #8
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Theoretically, I could run a hose from the machine into my shower.
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Yes, they definitely work; we run one in the basement all summer. They do use a lot of power though. And its odd to have a humidity problem in just one room of an apartment (other than the bathroom of course). You might want to spend a little more time figuring out what the problem is. As for brands, ours is a Woods--made in Canada not China--and has been trouble-free for 3 years.
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Theoretically, I could run a hose from the machine into my shower.
I do that in the basement. Keeps the basement nice and dry constantly.
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It doesn't matter if the air is on. My vent is full-bore open position and even at night I can crank it down and there will be, what feels like, a 4-5 degree difference in temperature. I've cranked it so low before to where it was a little more than comfortable, but my roomate got up in the middle of the night and turned it back up because he was frozen. I'm all out of idears.
But you said the AC isn't on all day. I am saying that if you left it on, it might help.
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Yes, they definitely work; we run one in the basement all summer. They do use a lot of power though. And its odd to have a humidity problem in just one room of an apartment (other than the bathroom of course). You might want to spend a little more time figuring out what the problem is. As for brands, ours is a Woods--made in Canada not China--and has been trouble-free for 3 years.
Thanks Mike, I'll be looking into some Woods machines. Also, The Fridgidaire units seem to get good reviews on NewEgg. I can't, for the life of me, figure out just WHAT is causing the problem.

I usually power everything down around 11pm, computer goes off, lights are off, doors are closed...etc. Then around midnight I shut off the LCD. It's comfortable at this point, but it just doesn't cool down like I would expect it to.
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has anyone used them to dry out upholstery? the seat cushions in my boat get water logged and I was thinking about putting them in a closet with a dehumidifier to dry em out faster
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My basement would be a cave w/o a dehumidifier. I empty a gallon of water every day during the summer months.

Got mine at Sears.
same here...I think ours holds two gallons and fills up every 24-48 hours...kind of sucks that I have to keep it running pretty much 24/7 during the summer but without the basement would be way too musty...
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Thanks Mike, I'll be looking into some Woods machines. Also, The Fridgidaire units seem to get good reviews on NewEgg.
Pretty much anything should be OK except for a really cheap made-in-China unit.

Where exactly do you live? The southeast is famous for humidity ... even in DC where we used to live it was pretty bad.

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suggest leaving the air on while you are gone, but program it at a higher temp like 76 or 77.
I agree with this. Your AC also dehumidifies the air so leaving it running will keep the humidity down to a reasonable level. You don't want it bouncing up and down constantly.
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has anyone used them to dry out upholstery? the seat cushions in my boat get water logged and I was thinking about putting them in a closet with a dehumidifier to dry em out faster
Colorado is dry enough that you should be able to just leave them out in the sun. But yes what you suggest should work.
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Instead of a dehumidifier, consider a very small window AC unit in that room. They do exactly the same thing but you get the cooling out of the AC where a dehumidifier puts the heat back into the same air you are taking the moisture out of. Also, be sure all your windows are closed. I make sure they're locked, to really guarantee this at my house. Think of an AC as a device to remove moisture by cooling the air to do so. If you leave windows open someplace else in the house, your ac will do nothing.

(jack has in-laws who run an AC and then open the windows for "fresh air" which drives jack nuts)


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Instead of a dehumidifier, consider a very small window AC unit in that room. They do exactly the same thing but you get the cooling out of the AC where a dehumidifier puts the heat back into the same air you are taking the moisture out of.
12345 very good idea
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Instead of a dehumidifier, consider a very small window AC unit in that room. They do exactly the same thing but you get the cooling out of the AC where a dehumidifier puts the heat back into the same air you are taking the moisture out of. Also, be sure all your windows are closed. I make sure they're locked, to really guarantee this at my house. Think of an AC as a device to remove moisture by cooling the air to do so. If you leave windows open someplace else in the house, your ac will do nothing.

(jack has in-laws who run an AC and then open the windows for "fresh air" which drives jack nuts)


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I would entertain this idea, but I do not own the apartment that I live in...
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^^So? Small window units are cheap, easy to install and remove, and you can take it with you when you move.
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^^So? Small window units are cheap, easy to install and remove, and you can take it with you when you move.

HOA sez No.
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I would entertain this idea, but I do not own the apartment that I live in...
Then call and complain that the system is malfunctioning. Every day.

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bleh ... how about a portable unit where just the "exhaust" pokes out the window?
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yes they work wonders. my folks have had one running in their basement for about 15 years (save for draining times). it's amazing how much moisture those little bastards suck out of the air in just a few days time during the summer.
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Eh? Is this a house that someone is renting out or something? Would the HOA rather you die if the heat gets up to 115 degrees?

Never, I say NEVER will I own a house that is part of an HOA.
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