Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dehumidifier

Before we moved into this house the basement was unfinished. My dad headed up getting half of it finished. So that is where Jody and my room is, a bathroom and big closet. Then in the unfinished part is the laundry and storage area.

The whole basement stays damp. One night Jody and I decided that getting into our sheets felt like we were camping, the sheets were so damp feeling. Our towels never get dry when we hang them up. I was afraid mold was setting in.

We were looking around for a dehumidifier. Now for those of you who live in North Dakota or other dry areas, I know you are like WHAT? I know. When we were in Bismarck, it was so dry I was ALWAYS battling static, all year long.

Anyway, we found a good deal on a dehumidifier on craigs list. We drove quite far to get it, but it was a good deal...and I am SO glad we got it.

It has like a gallon holding tank and I empty that thing AT LEAST once a day. I have moved it around. I am wondering if the machine is trying to catch up and eventually will slow down or is it going to suck a gallon of water from the air and walls everyday?

Its kind of interesting, don't you think?

7 comments:

Stacy said...

I remember those humid days down south! I also remember having to run a humidifier when we lived in Montana! :-)

Erin said...

We use one in our garage. It will stop running so much once it catches up a little. I am glad you found such a good deal! :)

Chubbacoo said...

You can hook up a hose from your dehumidifier to either your sump pump (if you have one) or your laundry wash basin. That way you don't have to empty it all of the time--it just empties itself! :)

Kathy said...

Does it affect the feel of your sheets?

Patty said...

I live in Portland, OR, and we've had a dehumidifier for the last 5 years in our basement. Our basement is semi-finished, but it still helps that old basement smell and dankness. We empty it often at the beginning of the summer. Once it catches up a little - it's about every other day or so. It definitely is a God send! ;-)

Kara said...

I grew up living in the basement in North Dakota and we ran a dehumidifier all summer long. My parents still run it & it pulls out probably about a gallon a day through the summer. Most of the new homes have humidification / dehumification built into their units to control that. Funny yours wasn't adjustable on your new house when you lived here to help with that static. Hope you are feeling good!

Shaleen said...

That's unbelievable! A gallon of water?!