On the advice of the technician who comes once-a-year to tune up the furnace, I ordered a dehumidifier for the basement.
I placed an order on Wednesday with Amazon for a Frigidaire FAD504DWD Energy Star 50-pint Dehumidifier . (Don’t let the price on the Frigidaire website scare you — you can get it on Amazon for much cheaper.) It was delivered by UPS on Thursday. I call that fast service.
A couple of days later (we’re not as quick about getting things going) Charlie carried the humidifier down the basement. It weighs almost 40 pounds.
He cleaned of a piece of yellow hose that was lying behind the shed and connected it to the back of the humidifier.
It drips into our sump well and is ejected to the outside of the house by the sump pump.
While we’re using a hose to remove the water, there is also a bucket in the dehumidifier that will catch water if a drain is not available.
The atmosphere is much dryer now under the house (hovering around 60% after the first few days).
We’re hoping it not only reduces the rusting and gunking of furnace hardware but also deters the growth of mold and mildew in the cellar and crawlspaces under the house.
Have you cleaned your basement recently?