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Posted by kevvyg on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Danby Dehumidifiers Now In StockThis spring has been a very wet one for many, particularly for those in the Midwest. Muddy roads, soggy yards, and wet basements are seemingly the norm this time of year. As your basement or home begins to feel more damp than it should, now is the time dry out with a Danby home dehumidifier!

For years the Danby Premiere line of dehumidifiers has been one of the best selling for home owners across the country. With consistently high rating by consumer testing agencies, superb moisture extraction and easy use, a Danby dehumidifier is a simple and effective way to reduce humidity in your home and help prevent the growth of mold, all while keeping insects at bay.

While there are smaller sizes, the most popular model is 70 pint. Rated to remove 70 pints of moisture per day, the Danby DDR70A2GP 70 pint dehumidifier will actually surpass that under more humid conditions. With a powerful fan, a wide coverage area and built-in humidistat, the 70 pint gives you the ability to dry some of the largest spaces in your home, reducing humidity and restoring comfort. A quick glance at the LCD display can provide you with a real-time relative humidity level in that space, and push button controls allow you to set your desired humidity level, select from two fan speeds and even set a timer.

The Poweful Danby DDR70A2GP Premeire DehumidifierIf emptying the water bucket is something you want to avoid, you can use the supplied hose to port these dehumidifiers and allow condensate to flow from the Danby directly into a nearby floor drain. This means no more lugging around a bucket full of water and less downtime when no one is around to empty it. If you're using this in a home near the beach or in a rental cabin, you don't even have to worry about the power going out! When it's restored, the Danby will restart and resume dehumidifying at original settings.

Priced right and built to the last, Danby dehumidifiers offer a convenient and easy way to remove moisture without hassle or constant supervision.

To view all Danby Dehumidifiers, all ofyour dehumidifier options or the top five basement dehumidifier options.

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The New Stadler Form Albert DehumidifierWith the Ides of March nearly upon us and Daylight Savings Time due in less than a week, it seems that spring is racing toward us! For many of us, this means spring allergy season putting a whooping on our immune system. It also means spring rains, wet basements & crawlspaces and humidity levels starting their annual climb to August. Just in time for all this wet weather, I'd like to take a minute to introduce the new Stadler Form Albert dehumidifier.

Like the Danby and other models we offer, the Albert is a room dehumidifier, but unlike other models, Albert has actually been a "Belle of the Ball." What I mean is, the Albert is one of very few dehumidifiers that has won a Red Dot Design Award. Each year thousands of home appliances and Stadler Form Albert Dehumidifier 2013 Red Dot Design Award Winnerproducts are submitted to an international design contest that includes entries from over 50 countries, worldwide. In 2013, when the Albert was first released in the European market, it won. Stadler Form home appliances have a reputation of blending modern form and aesthetic appeal with function, and in this regard, the Albert dehumidifier is no different.

That's not to say Albert is all style and no substance. Far from it, this home dehumidifier is loaded with convenient features to complement its style and design points. Hidden casters, a smooth rolling water bucket with splashguard and collapsible handle, seven feet of drain hose (to port the dehumidifier and eliminate the need of emptying the water bucket), oscillating louvers, and integrated handholds are all substantive but practical features. And that's not to mention the LED display. With the display you can quickly see and set your fan speed (3), the desired humidity, the current humidity level, and even a 24 hour timer. Indicator lights let you know if the unit is defrosting or if the tank is full. For more severe humidity problems, you can set the Albert to run continuously, regardless of the humidity level in the space. The entire display adds a sophisticated look without complicated controls.

Albert Digital LED DisplayFor light sleepers or those who have had problems with loud dehumidifiers, rejoice! The Albert is likely the quietest refrigerant-style dehumidifier on the market. Starting around 33 decibels, this model is whisper quiet on its lowest fan speed, and even on its highest setting it is quieter than most comparable models on their lowest fan setting! Dim the LED display with the "Sleep" feature and you're all set for a peaceful night's sleep.

Albert will remove about 43 pints of water per day, making it the perfect complement to your HVAC system when it is not keeping up with humidity and excess moisture removal. Lastly, when you compare it to other 45 pint humidifier models, you'll see that it uses 1/3 less power! So, if you're looking for a home dehumidifier that offers the performance you need with the style you want, the Stadler Form Albert is the perfect choice!

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Monday, February 17, 2014

Shop the full line of Santa Fe dehumidifiers

We are very proud to offer a new brand to our line of home dehumidifiers - Santa Fe. We are one of only three online retail sites authorized to carry these exceptional machines. Santa Fe DehumidifiersSome of you might recognize that name, while for others it might be completely new, but when it comes to drying your home and keeping your basement or crawlspace free of mold, mildew and insects, Santa Fe is one of the most trusted solutions to these problems. So what makes Santa Fe dehumidifiers a solid choice for controlling indoor humidity and excess moisture?

There are a several reasons why Santa Fe is the preferred choice for homeowners.

  • Performance - With several models to choose from, the entire line offers you a range of models that vary by coverage and moisture removed, among other things. From 70 pints per day all the way up to a whopping 155 pints per day, Santa Fe dehumidifiers get the job done when it comes to keep your basement or crawlspace dry!

  • Ease of Use - Once you've placed your Santa Fe dehumidifier and leveled it, run your drain line and power, and you're all but ready to go! Simply adjust the dial to choose your desired humidity level, and you're all set. A couple times each year you will want to check on your dehumidifier and clean the air filter, but other than this, it is very easy to use and nearly maintenance-free!

  • Each Santa Fe Dehumidifier is Energy Star QualifiedEfficiency - There is simply no other brand of dehumidifiers available that perform as efficiently as Santa Fe. Each model meets or exceeds Energy Star guidelines with the most efficient model surpassing the minimum Energy Star requirements by 50%. For a machine that will likely give you 10+ years of performance, the annual savings on your power bill can more than pay for any Santa Fe dehumidifier in just a couple years.

  • Rugged Build - Each Santa Fe dehumidifier is constructed of steel to withstand the rigors of use in crawlspaces or basements. Unlike plastic, steel will not warp, fade or break, and while it does add to the weight of each of these dehumidifiers it adds far more in terms of durability.

  • Range of Options - Each Santa Fe dehumidifier is a little different, in terms of coverage, efficiency, and performance. Some, like the Compact2, Classic and Rx dehumidifiers are built for specific settings, like a tight crawlspace, basement or any room actually in your home or office, respectively. Regardless of the space in your home that you're trying to dry, you can be sure that you have options when it comes to selecting the one right for you. In addition to the dehumidifiers themselves, each has an array of optional accessories. All Santa Fe Basement Dehumidifiers are Made in the USA From condensate pump kits and casters to ducting kits, Santa Fe dehumidifier are versatile and highly customizable for your specific needs.

In addition to these features, each Santa Fe dehumidifier is actually made right here in the US. Based in Wisconsin, Santa Fe's parent company, ThermaStor, has been designing and manufacturing quality environmental control products for nearly four decades.

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Don't Let Humidity Ruin the 4thI began noticing it a few days ago, but a quick run through the Weather Channel or flipping through a few webpages confirms it. July is here, and for the 4th, he brought friends - heat and humidity. While most of us weather these conditions with varying degrees of sweatiness, high humidity can present a unique set of challenges throughout the summer, and if not properly managed can lead to insects and mold throughout your home.

Relative humidity levels across the country are starting to spike into the 65-78% range, and typically you will notice high humidity in the mornings. This is a perfect example of how temperature can effect relatively humidity. If the moisture is constant but the temperature sinks, that same amount of moisture represents a larger portion of the overall moisture that the air can hold at that particular temperature. (Who said Bill Ney the Science Guy wasn't educational?)

During warm summer months, the moisture levels in your home can increase. As the moisture in the outside air increases, so too does it in your home. Many of us run air conditioning throughout the summer months, and while this does wonders to alleviate higher temps, it can actually cause the relatively humidity in a home to increase. This is why you can sometimes be indoors but still feel "sticky" during the summer.

Air conditioners use refrigerant to cool the air while a fan or blower pushes it throughout your home. As the air passes over refrigerated coils, the temperature is driven down and moisture will precipitate out, which is why you almost always have condensate lines running from any style of refrigerant air conditioner.

Where the air conditioner can falter a bit is in the moisture removal process. While some moisture precipitates out, the lower temperature in the home means that the remaining water in the air makes up a higher percentage of the relative humidity. This where a dehumidifier, working in conjunction with your air conditioner can help.

Refrigerant style dehumidifiers, work on the same principles as an air conditioner EXCEPT, instead of putting cold air back into the room, the air is warmed before it exits. This warmed air acts like a magnet for moisture and as it recirculates through the dehumidifier, makes the drying process more efficient.

In specific areas of the home, like your basement, ground floor or even crawlspace, the air can feel particularly damp, though cool. In these spaces a dehumidifier can remove excess moisture and actually make the cooling process of the air conditioner more efficient.

Whether you use a room dehumidifier like a Danby or opt for a unit that ties directly into the HVAC like an Aprilaire whole home dehumidifier, both can increase cooling efficiency in the home and better reduce humidity than an air conditioner alone. This is important because not only can mold thrive in conditions of 50% relatively humidity or higher, but insects LOVE moist air. When they're thirsty they cannot simply saunter up to the faucet and pour themselves a refreshing glass of water. Instead, they are constantly absorbing moisture through their skin. So by reducing the humidity in any given space you make that space less hospitable for insects.

So as the 4th of July approaches, don't let heat and humidity invite even more friends to the party (mold and insects). Unwanted guests are simply that, unwanted, and these two in particular can tend to linger well after the festivities end. If excess moisture is a problem in your home or your home feels cool but still sticky, consider a dehumidifier to help remedy the problem.

Author: Kevin Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Monday, March 12, 2012
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While it is only March but, Spring is well upon us. The trees and flowers are in bloom; pollen’s in the air, and it seems like it might be a good time to pull the dehumidifier out of winter hibernation to prep for this spring and summer. Maintenance is not extensive, but it is important in keeping your dehumidifier running properly throughout the wettest part of the year.

Rodents Think Cords are Chew ToysDepending on where you have been storing the unit, it’s always a good idea to do a visual inspection, and for good reason. One spring I pulled my dehumidifier out of an out-building I had been storing it in, only to find the power cord had been chewed into thirds. You will also want to check the tank, and while many have smaller openings, it never hurts to inspect for… critters or things that might be nesting.

A cloth dampened with warm water or a mild soapy mix will remove most markings, dirt or debris on the exterior, and it never hurts to spray parts of the dehumidifier tank that touch water with Vital Oxide. I have found this to be an indispensible tool when sanitizing or removing mold around the house.

Dehumidifier Air FiltersMost modern dehumidifiers come with an air filter. Some, like Aprilaire dehumidifiers are styled similar to your HVAC filter, and work well at trapping large and medium sized particles that can accumulate and damage the motor and fan. Others are simply a mesh type filter meant to really only keep dust bunnies and hair out of the unit. Replace the filter if needed or simply use compressed air to blow the filter out.

For larger dehumidifiers, you may have easy access to the coils or motor. If so, now is the perfect time to again use compressed air to blow out debris, dust or dirt that may be accumulating around the coils or motor. Take care to use a lower pressure air as not to damage the soft copper or aluminum coils.

After you’ve reassembled the dehumidifier, you’re all set to try it out. Before you start the machine, be sure that is has sat in the normal, upright, operating position for 24 hours (particularly if it has been stored on its side or for some reason, upside down.... don't ask).

With all the complete, plug it in, and turn it on. If you have any problems, check the tank. An improperly seated water tank is the most frequent and easily remidied problem. Next, take a look at the troubleshooting section in the user manual. If you don’t have the manual, check the product page on our site, as each will have a copy. If all else fails, contact us or the manufacturer to try and resolve any issues.

A dehumidifier is an important part of many households across the country. So when the humidity goes up and the rain falls down, keep mold growth and dust mite levels in check by maintaining the proper relative humidity with a home dehumidifier.

Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Aprilaire 1710A Crawlspace DehumidifierAre you looking for a crawlspace or basement dehumidifier this summer? We have a high performance unit at a great price with free shipping! You will not find a lower internet offer that includes free shipping. This Aprilaire is perfect for your basement or crawlspace. Don't want to wait? Order before 3 pm and we will ship your order the same day.

The portable Aprilaire 1710A dehumidifier is a high capacity, 90 pint whole basement unit. It is the latest, most reliable solution to relieve excessive humidity in your basement. This quiet, free standing dehumidifier provides more capacity and more efficiency than any other leading portable dehumidifier. Best of all, the unit does not require expensive installation work into your HVAC system as compared to other larger dehumidifiers!

The 1710 model operates down to 40°F and effectively removes 90 pints of moisture per day for areas up to 2000 square feet with no messy buckets or tanks to empty. With the unique Aprilaire 1710A portable dehumidifier, you can now enjoy a comfortable and healthy home for years to come.

Posted by Jamie on Monday, May 23, 2011
EBAC CD200 DehumidifierGot a building that needs drying? Don't want to spend the money to duct something into the HVAC system? Ebac's new dehumidifier was made with you in mind. The Ebac CD200 serves the drying demands of medium-sized areas without the need for multiple units. Warehouses, factories, offices, and other medium scale facilities with normal temperatures above 33 degrees can be free of excess moisture without costly heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. The CD200 unit can be utilized by itself or in multiple units to provide protection on any scale.

The Ebac CD200 Dehumidifier is a versatile and trusty workhorse built to deliver great performance in harsh environments. The "reverse cycle" defrost system means that it can function effectively even in cold temperatures down to 33 degrees. Workers and patrons of warehouses and storerooms, electrical and communications switching stations, locker rooms, basements, pumping stations, offshore oil rigs, and marine vessels have found this rugged dehumidifier to be equal to any task. The Ebac CD200 can be moved around and set up more than once, but it is meant to be permanently installed in your building application.

Please call one of our product experts at 1-800-339-7123 for more information or to ask questions about other industrial dehumidifiers from Ebac.


Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Ebac desiccant dehumidifierEbac desiccant dehumidifiers are the perfect solution for low temperature environments where excess humidity is a concern. Each unit comes with features like an hours run meter and all steel construction. They can be easily ducted for installation in your basement, crawlspace, or any area where excess humidity is a problem during low and even freezing temperatures.

Ebac desiccant dehumidifiers do not use a refrigerant to cool the air and condense the moisture for extraction. Instead the air passes over a slowly rotating wheel of silica gel that adsorbs (not absorbs) the moisture. The air, warmed, then leaves the unit, free of excess moisture.

As this wheel of silica and moisture continues to slowly rotate, a small portion of the wheel passes through a regeneration segment where extremely warm air is passed back through the gel and any moisture trapped inside is collected by this hot air and exhausted.

Desiccant dehumidifiers do exceedingly well in low temperatures, in situations where the dew point is very low, or in instances where deep drying and extremely low humidity is required. Though simple, desiccant dehumidifiers are extremely effective in conditions where refrigerant style dehumidifiers will not operate or work.


Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Danby 70 Pint Dehumidifier
Our company is proud of our customer service department and their desire to work with our customers to solve any problems. These people work diligently to come up with solutions to make people happy and satisfied.

One of our most popular products this year has been our line of Danby dehumidifiers. When customers were unable to direct drain these units, our customer service department put their heads together and came up with a solution that has worked so well that Danby has referring people to us.

Our customers have been happy with Danby and the performance of these units; however, there was a problem for some customers that wanted to direct drain the condensed water with a hose. These dehumidifiers have two drainage ports. To direct drain the dehumidifier, the secondary port must be plugged up. Our customer service department figured out the problem and came up with a great solution for our customers.

Here is the process to make sure you can direct drain your Danby dehumidifier:

We send you printed directions and a custom fitted rubber stopper. You must firmly insert the supplied rubber stopper in the secondary drain port inside the unit. The secondary port is located on your right as your look inside the unit. The rubber stopper must be inserted tightly into the port to keep the stopper in place.

If the rubber stopper is in place, the reservoir bucket will fit back inside your dehumidifier. The condensed water will then drain out the primary port where you attach your direct drain hose.

If you have any questions regarding this direct drain fix for your Danby dehumidifier, please contact AchooAllergy.com’s customer service department at 1-800-339-7123.


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