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Use your dehumidifier's water for ironing and watering plants

A dehumidifier is an appliance found in most houses, used for absorbing humidity from the room, to keep it dry and prevent molding walls, ceilings and furniture.
The water that this device produces from the process of de-humidification is stored in the dehumidifier and should be regularly removed to make room for new water.
However, instead of throwing it away, this water can be put to very good use.
First of all, the water collected by a dehumidifier is distilled water. This means that it has gone through a process that removed all sorts of impurities.
Therefore one option is using the distilled water for ironing or for other appliances that would be better off with a cleaner water going through them.
Another option is using the water for watering plants, a much healthier choice than tap water.
So be careful not to throw away your dehumidifier distilled water!

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condensation dripping from ceiling in all electric home with no basement


The wall of the daughter's bedroom is NOT insulated. Moisture from normal activities (showering and cooking) within the house are causing the realtive humidity to be above 50%. When that moisture enters the wall or ceiling, the temperature drops below the dewpoint and condenses out. The moisture that condenses makes a nice environment for the growth of black mold which is highly toxic. The mold will spread by airborne spores. If you have return air ducts for your HVAC system in the room, the spores might be dispersed throughout the entire house, depending on how good you HVAC filter is. Note that if you have a swamp cooler on the roof, it could be leaking water through the ceiling and causing the problem.

You need to immediately move you daughter to another room and remediate the situation -- tear out all the drywall and anything that is damp or has signs of visible mold. Get the humidity in ther house below 50% with a dehumidifier. I would recommend the Winix 50-pint model (refer to link below). This will condition 1500 square feet, which is a lot, but you will need one on each floor.

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what is the right temperature setting when the room has a lot of water?


You can't control the temperature setting but you can control the humidity level. I would start somewhere between 35 and 40%- making sure to empty the dehumidifier promptly when full. 40% humidity will prevent mold and mildew growth- and that musty smell- but keep the room from becoming too dry.

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What setting should I set my dehumidifier for % humidity when the room temperature is 68


THE LOWER THE % SETTING, THE MORE MOISTURE THE DEHUMIDIFIER WILL REMOVE!!!
I have a Provic dehumidifier mainly to remove damp from walls in my 1900s terraced house ( 3rd DPC failed, another on its way). I've read a lot about the technical side and all I wanted to know was 'do i set it on the highest or lowest % to extract moisture from the walls'. I rang the Managing Director at Provic (his contact details are given on their website) who was very helpful. He advised that the lower the setting, the more damp would be removed from the walls and therefore the air, as the water passes from the wall into the air. My DH ranges from 40% to 70% so he advised me to set it at 40% in the worst affected room to remove as much moisture as possible from the walls. As the moisture is removed, the DH will collect less water and set itself to the correct level anyway. He advised me that when as much water as possible has been removed from this room and the DH % will not drop any lower, to move it to a more central position in the house, such as the hallway to then start setting the rest of the house to the correct humidity level. I set the DH to 40% and left it on overnight closing all doors to the affected room and removing containers of water such as a vase of flowers. When I got up in the morning it had switched itself off as it had already collected 3 litres of water! You do have to be careful not to over dry the air as everything, furniture and electricals, naturally needs moisture, but for a short term, quick drying solution, this level is ok.
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works well but


Yup, they eat energy.

An electric dehumidifier includes a refrigeration cycle that is very similar to a window AC units and refrigerators. They cool the air in the basement to condense and collect water and remove humidity, heat the air as a required consequence of the refrigeration cycle and dump it back to your basement.

Two sources of humidity in basements include warm outside air that naturally cools due to below grade earth contact and water passing from the ground though the floors and walls and evaporating into the basement. Dehumidifiers do most of the work in the summer when higher temperatures outside enable air to hold more water content.

In the winter, cooler outside air contains less moisture by weight eventhough it may be raining and the relative humidity in basement will be less because the air is warmed relative to the outside. The lower moisture content in the winter also absorbs the water passing through the walls and floor.

From an energy perspective, you may want the humidity set NOT below 50%. This will keep humidity below the level mold desires, but prevents the dehumidifier from doing more work and eating more energy than needed. A cheap battery powered temp/humidy meter left in your basement will help. Sources that include the "mold triangle" (temperature, water & food) often separate fact from expensive hype.

If the dehumidifier doesn't keep up, consider adding a moisture barrier to the basement walls and floors such as Dry-lock and floor paints to ****** moisture entry. Moisture barriers act very similar with water as insulation does with heat. They don't eliminate the need for a dehumidifier, but they reduce the work they do and energy they eat.

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