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  1. #1
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    BASEMENTS SHOULD BE COOL IN SUMMER BUT MINE IS NOT...

    Ok, so I want my 1500 sq ft finished basement to have a humidity level around 45%. I live in Midwest and temps in the summer can drive my basement around 70%. My first solution was to have one 70 pint frigidaire dehumidfier. That kept it around 55% which is not good enough. I also have 2 supplys and one return. I also have 3 window wells with no walkout door. Next, I bought another dehumidifier that was only 30 pint. That brought it down to my desired humidity level HOWEVER my basement is now a sauna meaning very warm near 80 degrees farenheight. I understand how dehumdifiers work but there has to be a better solution out there where I can have a low humidity basement that is also cool. Most recent I upgraded the 30 pint to a 70 pint thinking it would be more efficient and put out less heat but it got worse. Are there any better solutions out there? Please help!!

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    Very small mini split along with the dehumidifiers.

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    If you are going to give regular resid dehus a chance to do the job raise the setting too 55%RH. This should keep them running all the time. Resid dehus use almost 1 Kwh of electricity while removing 2-3 lbs of water per hour. This is about 6,000 btus of heat. X2 12,000 btus. What is the resulting temp/%RH? In warm temperature, they also remove less moisture. They are probably running much more than required.

    Another solution is get a good high efficiency dehumidifier like a Whole house Ultra-Aire 98H that uses 50%less energy. If only basement, check out the Santa Fe Campact 2 also high efficiency, a single 70 pint will handle 1,500 sq.ft. while raising the temperature 3-5^F.
    Give the ones you have by confirming that they both are removing water as advertised raising the set to give them a fighting chance.
    Keep us posted.
    Regards Teddy Bear
    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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    +1 on dehumidifier.

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