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Subject:  Re: Open question: What to put into a new house? Date:  3/8/2004  7:03 PM
Author:  MurrayS Number:  47420 of 137390

I've never had a house with a dehumidifier, and haven't found one to be necessary. The humidifier is a definite plus, though.

What humidity problems have you had?

Condensation and ice on the windows resulting in mold on the main level, mold on items stored in the basement. Our windows aren't the greatest, but a 10 below night, humidity levels between 40-50% and any leaks into the walls (outlets, wall switches, recessed lights) could cost you big time!

In the summer, we don't need to run the AC most of the time, but the basement humidity levels are high enough to cause damage. Running a dehumidifier in a finished basement is a definite requirement since warm, humid air will be cooled by the walls/floor without removing any water.

Just out of curiosity, where do you live and what humidity levels are you seeing that you need a humidifier? We had a central fresh air system/dehumidifier installed when we finished our basement last year. I try to keep the relative humidity between 35-40% in the winter and under 50% in the summer here in Wisconsin.

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