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What should I set my dehumidifier at for my basement

What % should I set my dehumidifier at for my basement?

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I've misplaced the owner's manual on a DEN 500 P. What is a good basement setting for Summer in Central Ohio? Is a manual available on line?


I bought a cheap digital humidistat at Walmart to keep an eye on the humidity in my basement. I hung it on the wall not too near my dehumidifier. I have found that the settings on the dehumidifier are misleading, but I found a setting that keeps my humidity between 40% and 55% (at around 70 degrees), as measured by the humidistat.

Jun 04, 2012 | DeLonghi DE500P Dehumidifier

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My husband saids run the dehumifier on low setting to take out dampness in the basement? I said no, run the dehumifier on higher setting like 50 or 60 to take more water out of he basement? What should...


Actually, your husband is correct. The settings reflect the amount of humidity you want to remain in the house. I really don't think you want to leave 50 to 60% humidity in the house.

35% removes the greatest amount of humidity.

Hope this helped answer your question and thanks for choosing FixYa.

Sep 16, 2011 | Haier HDN655E Dehumidifier

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I have a customer who has a model 1700 dehumidifier Connected to ductwork with a/c only air handler. Not Sure why this is needed or correct way to wire. Also There is no remote humidifier & unit is...


I have to agree with you. I don't see the need for the dehumidifier either. As the AC unit alone, does have some dehumidifying capability.

Your customer would be better served using an independent Low Temp dehumidifier in the basement. If that's the area they are trying to dehumidify because of dampness in the basement.. It certainly would be less costly to operate. But, any unit that is not a Low Temp unit won't work well in a basement.

I hope this helps and good luck convincing your customer of this.

Thanks for choosing FixYa.

Aug 24, 2011 | Aprilaire 1700 Dehumidifier

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Whirlpool dehumidifier in basement has stopped taking water into


how warm is the basement,if the temp of the basement is lower than say 70 degrees,the unit will not function,true dirty coils can have this effect also and a refrigerant leak on these will cause the same result,if the temp is low,use a fan to move the air and this will help with your humidity problem too

Apr 02, 2010 | Whirlpool AD35USS Dehumidifier

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What should I set it at


If there is actual water in the basement, any setting will probably cause the unit to run. I would suggest setting it around 60%, and turn it up as you feel necessary. Hope this helps

Apr 01, 2010 | DeLonghi DE500P Dehumidifier

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Kenmore dehumidifier M/N 580.53650200 only runs for about 1 minute, then stops. Dehumidifying level is set to minimum (40) and it's damp in the basement so I know the air is not too dry. The fan works, the...


Well to knowledge the problem 40 percent is dry. means your basement is great. humidity should be 30/50 percent 50 grows mold. also if it runs for a min the auot shut off is activating. check this first.

Manifestr

Oct 06, 2009 | Kenmore 5365 Dehumidifier

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I thnk you are expecting too much from your machine. DO NOT RUN IT WHEN IT IS FROZEN!

This is what I would do. Slow down the process. You shuld be agle to select the % humidity you seek. Set it high, say 90. Get another fan in your basement working to sirculate the air. When your machine has achieved this goal without excessive running and freezing, go to 85% or 80%. It may help if you direct a small fan at the coil that freezes.

Are you certain your machine drains properly? Hose to a sump pump? Is the sump pumping properly?

And lastly, you may want to add a second machine. I operate two in my basement and they keep it 50% in the summer. My basement is about 4000 cubic feet.

I hope this helps you

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Sep 27, 2009 | Dehumidifiers

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The unit turns on and sounds like it is running,


Your coil temperature has to be below the dewpoint of the air in the basement to remove the moisture. If you can set the temperature lower or the fan speed lower it will help.

Aug 08, 2009 | Whirlpool AD40DSL Dehumidifier

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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.

Oct 02, 2008 | DeLonghi DH40P Dehumidifier

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