Monday, August 21, 2006

It Ain't the Heat, It's the Humidity

Today we got a dehumidifier for our house. Because we are on a slab, essentially our first floor living space is the basement. The back side is bermed up, and it has stayed nice and cool this summer in spite of the heat. However, we've had a lot of moisture and condensation and the result of that is some mold and mildew. We've bleached walls, aired out instrument cases, and brought books upstairs where it is drier but now we're noticing an unacceptable (and unhealthy) musty smell.
We went to Dave's Appliance in Winthrop after a bit of research, and ended up getting this model. It should have enough capacity to take care of the moisture in season... once we get into fall weather we should be in good shape without running the dehumidifier. We aren't sure if it makes a difference where we put it, so we're trying some different locations. Right now it is in the kitchen and it's pretty loud so I don't think it'll stay there! Lots of other possibilities though.
It Ain't the Heat, It's the Humidity is a tune from the Portland Collection.


padia said...

The humidity is terrible this year. This is the first year that we are coping with a damp cellar..and we have lived here for 32 years. I run a fan and have all the windows open in the cellar and it seems to take care of the moisture. Maybe this is the only year that you will have to rely on a dehumidifier. Is that word spelled right???? Good luck with the moisture.

B said...

I'd try rotating it between the closed -in rooms (laundry, storage near office). That's probably where most of the moisture comes from. The noise won't be such a problem there either.