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  1. #144
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    There are portables with built-in pumps to lift the condensate water and send it somewhere... I have one of them in my finished basement. Look at the big box stores or department stores, or their online sites.
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    Get the best dehumidifier you can afford. The cheaper ones cost more to operates by 100% and need to be replaced more often. Someday you will be able to afford a good one, than get it. Until than, improve the quality of life and get a 70 pint dehu.
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    Bear Rules: Keep our home <50% RH summer, controls mites/mold and very comfortable.
    Provide 60-100 cfm of fresh air when occupied to purge indoor pollutants and keep window dry during cold weather. T-stat setup/setback +8 hrs. saves energy
    Use +Merv 10 air filter. -Don't forget the "Golden Rule"

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    Hmmm... had not thought about that part... Are portable de-hum's 'energy star' rated, or is there a standard?

    I just bought one at a local home big box store... looked for one with a long warranty and an internal pump.
    GA-HVAC-Tech

    Your comfort, Your way, Everyday!

    GA's basic rules of home heating and AC upgrades:
    *Installation is more important than the brand of equipment
    *The duct system keeps the house comfortable; the equipment only heats and cools (and dehumidifies)
    *Cheap is not good, good is not cheap; however expensive is not a guarantee of quality!
    Choose your contractor wisely!

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    This is the Ask Our Pro's forum, and only Pro members that have been vetted by the AOPC may post advise, commentary, or ask questions of the OP here.

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    mrpdillon, this is the Ask Our Pro's forum, and only Pro members that have been vetted by the AOPC may post advise, commentary or ask questions of the OP here.

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    This is the Ask Our Pro's forum, and only Pro members that have been vetted by the AOPC may post advise, commentary, or ask questions of the OP here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    Hmmm... had not thought about that part... Are portable de-hum's 'energy star' rated, or is there a standard?

    I just bought one at a local home big box store... looked for one with a long warranty and an internal pump.
    http://www.energystar.gov/productfin...ifiers/results
    Here is list for efficiency. Nothing to do with durability.
    Regards TB
    Bear Rules: Keep our home <50% RH summer, controls mites/mold and very comfortable.
    Provide 60-100 cfm of fresh air when occupied to purge indoor pollutants and keep window dry during cold weather. T-stat setup/setback +8 hrs. saves energy
    Use +Merv 10 air filter. -Don't forget the "Golden Rule"

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    I have had a bad experience before with a portable AC unit (it began leaking and a pool of water had nearly reached the surge detector when I saw it) and do not wish to have a portable dehumidifier unit in my house. I would be more worried about some sort of malfunction than I am about the humidity, especially since it would be in the basement, where I would be less likely to notice something before it went catastrophically wrong.

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    Well, looked up the unit I have (Soleus Air #GL-DEH-70EIP-6), bought it at Lowes (prices not allowed in public forums, however it was on the high side between 2 and 3 bills).
    Did the elimination stuff to lower the number of units I had to sort through... then looked: The highest 6 units had a rating of 2.4... then ALL the rest were rated between 1.86 and 1.84... mine is 1.85. My unit has an automatic pump in it, filters, a humidity sensor (shuts off when reaching target RH), and a sensor to tell you when to clean the filters.

    These gadgets are UL listed, they are safe. If one is worried about it, put it in a plastic pan and plug it into a GFO outlet... then do not touch it when plugged in. If something goes wrong, the outlet will cut the power.
    GA-HVAC-Tech

    Your comfort, Your way, Everyday!

    GA's basic rules of home heating and AC upgrades:
    *Installation is more important than the brand of equipment
    *The duct system keeps the house comfortable; the equipment only heats and cools (and dehumidifies)
    *Cheap is not good, good is not cheap; however expensive is not a guarantee of quality!
    Choose your contractor wisely!

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    Never run AC fan ON when its humid this will definitely increase humidity in home. My background is 20 years in trade in FL and Texas. You do needs manual J done as well. Pay a third party for this and then you have recourse if your installer put in wrong size AFTER you did other upgrades to system. You also need a thorough duct evaluation to see if you have leakage that is contributing and to address your temperature imbalance. What city are you in and I will find a third party to recommend to you.


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