Hello I've been lurking here for a while but finally decided to post my question. I know most of my questions have been answered on other threads but possibly as a result of information overload I feel a bit stuck. I have a 2 part question all relating to controlling the humidity in my home.
I have a 2 story house with a basement. I have a Lennox power whole house humidifier, HVAC company installed, in the supply above my furnace. For obvious reasons I'd like to move it but since we're hopefully nearing the end on the humidifier season I'll investigate that later. To minimize my families indoor allergies and installing engineered hardwood floors maintaining the RH is at the top of my list.
1) I'm looking for a thermostat that includes automatic humidity control. Currently my humidistat is installed in the return air duct in the basement, out of sight out of mind until I have 1/4 inch of ice on the inside of my windows. Any recommendations on a unit, or pros/cons of moving the humidistat to the main level? Should I keep them separate, and does it matter where the humidity measurement is taken as the basement tends to be more humid? For some reason humidity control does not seem to be included in thermostats until you get to the higher end which might be more than I need.
2) Now on to Dehumidification. 2/3rd s of my basement is finished, the unfinished side has my furnace, air handler, water heater, and water softener. On the finished side I have an enclosed room maybe 4ft x 4ft that has ejector pump and sump pit. I have had minor mold issues in that room usually controlled by using damp rid desiccant buckets and cleaning the walls with bleach, but inevitably I forget to dump the buckets. While during the summer the basement humidity seems higher than the rest of the house, it does not have that damp musty mold smell, but there is mold that I'd like to eliminate. I want to buy a dehumidifier for that room only as that is the main source of moisture in the basement. I was thinking about a 50 pint Frigidaire model # FAD504DWD. Being that the room is totally closed, obviously it would control the humidity in that room, but how much would it do for the rest of the basement, or is that overkill for one room? I'm not opposed to installing a vent fan to move some air or even removing the ceiling in that room to open it up a bit. Any thoughts on that type of situation, I'm not sure I need a whole house dehumidifier as the main problem is only that room.
Well I think I've rambled enough, Thanks in advance for any suggestions.