A comedian I greatly enjoy once described fall like this,
...the weather is completely nonsense. You don’t even have a proper Fall coat. Nothing you wear is right. You wake up, it’s sunny out, you put a coat on, you go out, you’re sweating like a pig, you take it off, then it’s cold. [...] The sun’s out, you’re sweating, but there’s a breeze, so you’re freezing - it’s not weather it’s malaria!"*
It can certainly feel that way at times! One morning you get up, and it is freezing cold, but that afternoon the temperature can stretch into the mid 70s. The next day you can be greeted by a cool breeze and 22% relative humidity, while two days later can start a week of rain and mild temperatures. It's enough to make you throw up your hands and just go back to bed.
There are two things that make this time of year so frustrating for some. Temperature swings are what we most often feel. Cold in the morning but afternoons can still be very warm. You can find yourself turning the heat off in your home before you leave for work but running the air conditioner in your car on the drive home.
In addition to temperature being completely neurotic, humidity levels can vary widely. On one hand, it is quickly becoming drier, inside and out. Fall is often punctuated with dry conditions and cooler temperatures that many will first notice from the dry patches of skin appearing on your elbows or chapped lips. On the other hand, days upon days of rain and milder temperatures can make you feel as if you're living inside a refrigerator where it rains every day.
So what do you do? Carry a coat and a jacket? Use your humidifier and dehumidifier? Until we can dial up on-demand weather, it appears this is just the way it's going to be until temperatures finally fall to their usual winter levels. Unlike years past, we're seeing this same dynamic play out later and later in the year.
Interest in products like crawlspace dehumidifiers has remained high, even now, less than two months away from Christmas. With so much rain throughout the Midwest, it's not difficult to understand why people are concerned with mold and insects (which as the temperature drops, begin to make their annual pilgrimage into your home). By the same token, home humidifiers have also seen their usual level of interest as people look for ways to combat dry skin, eczema, and sore throats, as well as the flu and other seasonal illness that increase as the humidity and temperature drops.
Regardless of the seasons have in store for us, it's important to remember that we have a great deal of control how we feel during this time of year. Simple things like washing your hands more frequently and getting a good night's sleep can help prevent you from catching the cold or flu while using moisturizers and drinking plenty of water can help keep your skin healthy and resilient. More intensive solutions like using a humidifier can restore comfort to dry indoor air, while a crawlspace or basement dehumidifier can help to make these spaces unfriendly to ants, cockroaches, and other insects. With humidifiers or dehumidifiers, there's a wide variety that ranges in price, size, and even color. Stay healthy, stay warm, and take control!
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Author: K. Gilmore
*Thank you Lewis Black!
When out on a friend's boat the other day, I noticed that the bottoms of a few seats were starting to freckle with mold. Right away I thought "they need some Vital Oxide spray". This mold remover and disinfectant spray will not only kill the mold with plant-based ingredients, but it will keep the sprayed surface mold free for several months. In this case it should at least get through the summer, but beyond seat cushions, Vital Oxide disinfectant has a wide variety of uses in and around the house. For those backpackers and hikers, this stuff is also safe for hiking boots, sleeping bags, packs, hammocks and tents.
While Vital Oxide takes care of mold once it's already there, a better idea is to try to prevent it before it happens. Your best option for this is a heavy duty dehumidifier. Depending on the local climate, a more permanent installation, like a dehumidifier that ties into the HVAC or a large crawlspace/basement dehumidifier may be your best option, but if you find yourself mainly dealing with excess humidity during the summer months, a room dehumidifier might be a better option.
I have three good options for you. All are effective, but each has something that makes it stand out.
A winner for the 2013 Red Dot Design Award, the Stadler Form Albert dehumidifier places a great deal of emphasis on not looking like your average dehumidifier. From a sleek look and modern design, to a variety of little features and added touches, the Albert is extremely quiet. Noise is often a big problem with many dehumidifiers, but part of fitting in well in any room, the Albert doesn't look or sound like your typical dehumidifier. An LED screen gives you accurate humidity readings in the room, allows you to set a timer, adjust the desired humidity, set your fan speed, and even dim the display at night, while fold-flat, oscillating louvers keep air circulating around the room more efficiently. Expect the Albert to remove about 40-45 pints of moisture per day, depending on conditions. If I had to give star ratings for style and substance on the Albert,
If the performance of the Albert is a little less than what you were looking for, take a look at the Soleus 95 dehumidifier. With the most powerful fan of any residential dehumidifier we carry, it's suitable for drying spaces as large as 1500 sq. ft., and can remove up to 95 pints a day. With a coverage area this large, you could use it in a large, open floor plan cabin or basement. Complete with digital controls to adjust to your unique HomeComfort settings and an automatic shut off with a "Bucket Full" indicator, the Soleus is a lot of power and convenience in one appliance.
So we've covered quiet & stylish as well as large & powerful, and what we have left fits right in between the other two. Danby Premiere dehumidifiers are some of the most dependable and popular home dehumidifiers available. They're basically the dehumidifier equivalent of Baby Bear - just right. The Danby 70 pint has been a huge help in my parent's home, where it is prone to mold in the summers. It's a very low maintenance machine, easy to move around the house, and has auto restart and auto de-icing features. It is also Energy Star rated, and offers coverage good enough for even very large rooms.
These products will give you complete coverage of your home, boat or camping gear, making sure you enjoy your summer, inside or out. Now you can focus more on tan lines and your grilling skills and less on worrying about mold.
Author: R. Power
Many dehumidifiers like the top rated Danby 70 pint come with a humidity gauge built right in, yet many do not, and if you're like me, there may be some level of skepticism as to how reliable those gauges really are. There may also be instances where you are using a crawlspace or basement dehumidifier, and since they often lack digital humidity displays, you're left in the dark as to what is really going on in those spaces. What humidity was it down there before you started using the dehumidifier? What is the humidity now?
One option is to wire a humidity gauge into your home. Some whole-home dehumidifiers like some of the Aprilaire models give you this option, but this can be more expense, time and hassle than you want. You could also pick up an inexpensive humidity gauge like a mini humidity gauge that can be left in the space. That way, each time you check on the dehumidifier you can get a better idea of what the humidity is and if any adjustments are necessary. Another alternative would be the new AcuRite wireless humidity gauge. Similar to the original AcuRite, the newer version offers a wider array of features a larger, more visible display and most significantly, it's wireless. This gauge provides temperature and humidity readings (both indoor and outdoor), as well as time, date, and daily high/low temps and humidity. There are a few other features, that can be considered more "take 'em or leave 'em" like the current moon phase and a freeze warning, but the wireless sensor provides a lot of flexibility that other gauges and weather centers do not. You don't have to drill any tiny holes, just place the sensor where you want your secondary readings, and you're set! For those using a basement or crawlspace dehumidifier that lacks a humidity gauge, this sensor could be placed in those spaces and give you accurate readings without having to actually go down to the basement or spend a super fun time hunkered down in your crawlspace.
If you're using a humidifier during the winter months, the wireless AcuRite again provides you with an accurate humidity reading. This is significant in that than most inexpensive humidifiers lack any type of humidity gauge and use a dial control with settings like "kinda damp" and "super soaker". So maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but you get the point.
If you want to read more about this nifty little device, you check it out here. And lastly, it's Friday, so do what I did, and go have ice cream for lunch! (I'd post a better picture, but honestly, the ice cream never stood a chance.)
Author: Kevin Gilmore
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.
If 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.
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Author: K. Gilmore
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 products 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.
For 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
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!
Efficiency - 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. From condensate pump kits and casters to ducting kits, Santa Fe dehumidifier are versatile and highly customizable for your specific needs.
Author: K. Gilmore
The recall is a voluntary action by the manufacturer due to problems with certain models overheating, smoking and in some instances even catching fire. Brands covered in the recall include Frigidaire, Kenmore, DeLonghi, Danby, Gree, SeaBreeze, SuperClima and SoleusAir, among others. The Danby 70 pint model we offer, the DDR70A1GP, is NOT included in this recall. In the past we have offered the Danby Premiere 70, 50 and 30 pint models. And again, NONE of these models are included in the recall. So if you've purchased a Danby from us in the last several years, this notice does not affect you.
If you have a SoleusAir dehumidifier or want to check to make sure your model is not covered in the recall, please reference the model number and brand of the unit against the list provided in this Consumer Product Safety Commission Press Release. If you have purchased any of the models listed in the notice, please contact Gree with the information provided or via the Gree Recall website for a refund.
Author: Kevin Gilmore
Excess moisture and humidity during the summer months can lead to swelling of wood furniture and trim but more importantly, all that extra water in the air in your home can allow mold to grow. Mold can create harmful mycotoxins that can cause respiratory problems for anyone living in the home, particularly allergy or asthma sufferers. Sneezing, wheezing, congestion, and other cold like symptoms are common reactions from exposure to mold.
From bathrooms and laundry rooms to kitchens and even inside walls, mold can flourish in parts of your home that never you never even see. Removing moisture can not only reduce the risk of mold growth but also help keep dust mites under control and actually help to reduce your cooling bill. Moist air can retain more heat than dry air, so by driving the indoor relative humidity down, the air in your home can cool quicker while requiring less power to do so.
AprilAire dehumidifiers are made in the USA and feature a built-in humidistat, a MERV 8 air filter, auto restart and auto defrost, steel construction, and can be tied into your existing HVAC ducts and condensate line. We recommend that you consult a local HVAC contractor or professional for installation of the AprilAire 1750 or the powerful AprilAire 1770 dehumidifier. Take advantage now during this muggy, wet summer and save, as all AprilAire dehumidifiers are now on sale!
Author: Kevin Gilmore
Fence lines, though tedious, are a relatively easy fix. Dig a hole, set a post, restring barb. Cleaning up your home after a flood, though, is a bit trickier. Drying out is the first step, and depending on the severity of your water problem, you have a few options.
For flood waters that were relatively mild, meaning they didn't soak your walls or drown your washing machine, a smaller, room dehumidifier can be effective. Most have the ability to be ported with a garden hose to eliminate the need to empty a condensate reservoir. Set the dehumidifier up, attach the line, then set it and let it run.
For more severe flooding, like something that has soaked, the floors, walls, appliances, your task is a bit more difficult since it likely means replacing drywall or paneling. For this type of flooding, parts of your home and basement that are not visible have often been saturated. After the waters begin to recede (or you have pumped them out), a larger, home restoration dehumidifier is likely your best bet. These larger models have a higher drying capacity and can remove more moisture per day. All can be ported and many have internal pumps that can actually push the water away from the drying area. Fans can help by keeping the air circulating while a restoration dehumidifier works. Once the space is dry again, then the work of replacing, repairing and restoring begins.
Cleaning up after a flood can be simple to intensive, depending on your specific situation. Regardless of severity, the sooner you get the space dried, the sooner repair can begin and the less likely you are to be dealing with mold. Mold thrives in a warm moist environment, so your basement after a flood is a veritable paradise to mold. And this, falls into the "Not Good" category, as mold growth can often lead to long term problems throughout your home.
So aside from enjoying the fireworks and grilling out, I will be spending my 4th helping rebuild fence lines. Aren't summers great?
For more information on Flood Cleanup or to learn about how flood water can impact your health.
Author: K. Gilmore
On a side note, I would really like to have a $500 VISA gift card. It would go great with my trip back to Ohio to visit family or for my summer vacation trip to NYC. Sadly, no matter how many bottles of pet shampoo I purchase, I am not eligible. So while I can keep Cotton free of ticks and fleas while he bounces around our farm next week, no blinged out dog collar for him!
So whether you're stocking up on sunscreen for the your trip to the beach, choosing a HEPA air purifier to keep down indoor allergens, or looking for an efficient dehumidifier to remove some of the 93% humidity from the air in your crawlspace, (true story, 93% humidity yesterday morning in Atlanta) purchase before Sunday and you can have a chance to win a $500 gift card. That'll buy a lot of rides on a giant ferris wheel!
Now here's a picture of the giant ferris wheel. ---------------->
Author: K. Gilmore