Dehumidifier – A Quick Evaluation

On the advice of the technician who comes once-a-year to tune up the furnace, I  ordered a dehumidifier for the basement.

Frigidaire dehumidifier FAD504DWD
Frigidaire dehumidifier FAD504DWD

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.

Most of our house is over crawl space so the basement is very small.
Most of our house is over crawl space so the basement is very small.

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.

The hose hook-up overrides the internal bucket of the dehumidifier.
The hose hook-up overrides the internal bucket of the dehumidifier.

He cleaned of a piece of yellow hose that was lying behind the shed and connected it to the back of the humidifier.

The hose drips into the sump pump well so we don't have any buckets to empty.
The hose drips into the sump pump well so we don’t have any buckets to empty.

It drips into our sump well and is ejected to the outside of the house by the sump pump.

The front of the dehumidifier opens to reveal a water reservoir with its own handle.
The front of the dehumidifier opens to reveal a water reservoir with its own handle.

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 humidifier has a built-in handle and wheels on the bottom. "CO" means it's set for continuous operation.
The humidifier has a built-in handle and wheels on the bottom. “CO” means it’s set for continuous operation.

The atmosphere is much dryer now under the house (hovering around 60% after the first few days).

When first set the setting is displayed; then the number changes to the actual percentage of humidity in the air.
When first set the setting (55) is displayed; then the number changes to the actual (60) percentage of humidity in the air.

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?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

3 thoughts on “Dehumidifier – A Quick Evaluation”

  1. Hooboy!! Dad is cleaning up today awaiting a visit from the drier vent cleaner. I’ve managed to stay out of the basement all summer 🙂 It’s total chaos since we left the kids in charge down there.

    1. Our basement is tiny — barely fit for a paint can. However, Charlie says he’ll put some shelves for paint under the steps if the humidifier works its magic. We’ll see. Jo

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