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Old 09-17-2007, 04:01 PM   #1
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I have a home with a crawl space.
and decided to get a de-humidifier because the home had a damp smell

I use the de=humidifier every day and have to empty it everyday.
Is this normal?
Also does using a de-humidifer help heat the home in the winter, with the heat on???

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I had the same issues.
Over time, the basement will start to dry out, and less water will be removed.
I also have the option to run a garden hose from my DeHum straight outside(via hole thru doorframe)
No more bucket to empty!

As for heating, the answer is yes and no.
With a drier house(ie:drier air) there is less humdity(water) in the air.
The homes heating system can heat the air faster, cuz its not heating the water in the air, but the air also cools faster.
Its a happy medium

I'm in Canada, and the general consences is that you want to have your humidity between 40-60%. I set my DeHum at 50% in the basement.
And I find thats a comfortable level.

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Curious,would you consider leaving the de-humid on year round?

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Our dehumidifier has been running year round in the basement for the last three years.

We empty it every day (straight into the sump hole) on the most humid summer days, every couple days when it's more temperate, and rarely in the winter when it kicks on only occasionally.

I find that our experience is the same as Mogal's.
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Over the drier summer months, there should be no need to run it, provided you have proper/adequate air circulation.
My De-Hum is on, set at 50% but normally doesn't kick in during the summer.
I do not have any circulation in one of the crawlspaces the other section has one small vent.
Its taken about 2 yrs to get it to were it is now(the house flooded with about 4-5" H2O) There is still a very mild (basement) smell,
but I feel thats something I have to live with, with the open crawl space.

My house is 50 yrs old, with no vapor barrier. 50% of the people I meet say to put a vapor barrier down, the other 50% say don't...
I guess if I do, I have to be 100% certain that it is properly done, and sealed 100% or I will run into other issues... (mold)

Perimeter drains around the outside of the house with help with keeping excessive moisture away from the basement.
I re-did mine this spring, and its helped.

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