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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 Friday, September 13, 2013
Yesterday, we've received some inquiries from customers about the voluntary recall of dehumidifiers. Our staple room dehumidifier, the Danby 70 pint, is what many people are asking about since that brand has some models that are on the recall list. Your safety is importance to us, and we want to pass along the recall information.

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

Posted by kevvyg on Monday, July 22, 2013
Choose from three American Made AprilAire Dehumidifiers to Control Mold and MoistureWell, they're back - AprilAire whole house dehumidifiers. Powerful, these dehumidifiers can help reduce moisture throughout your home by using your existing ductwork. Locate them in your basement and duct them directly into your HVAC to dry air while you cool.

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

Posted by kevvyg on Monday, July 01, 2013
Every year it seems that summertime brings some very contrasting sets of weather to different parts of the country. This time last year the Midwest was in the midst of a severe drought, and while that continues in some areas, in other areas it is rain, rain and more rain. Here in just a couple days I will be headed back north to spend time with the family for the 4th of July, and while I expected part of my time up there to be spent in the hayfield, I will likely be repairing fence lines that were washed away by flooding last week.

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.

Flood Restoration DehumidifierFor 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.

Flood Waters Don't Like FencepostsCleaning 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

Posted by kevvyg on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Order Before July 1st and Be Entered to Win a $500 VISA Gift CardCotton - Not Amused with Bathtime, Even if I Use Ecology Works Pet ShampooJust a quick reminder, for the month of June all orders are entered into a drawing for a $500 VISA gift card. This promotion ends Sunday, so you only have a few days left to order and be entered.

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. Big Ferris Wheel - Myrtle Beach, SC 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

Posted by kevvyg on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Sparky is a Shy Hermit Crab with a Cool Mobile HomeAs an enjoyable Memorial Day vacation came to a close, my godson decided he wanted a Hermit Crab. Granted, I don't expect Sparky (as he was named) will live to a ripe old age, but one thing I noticed about him was that he, like many other creatures, requires a humid environment to thrive. One way you can go about keeping the humidity around a Hermit Crab (not to be confused with Crab People, Mr. Krabs or a crabby neighbor) up to the ideal 70% is to keep a wet sponge in with it. So while we set about to trying to keep the humidity in Sparky's home at 70%, this much humidity can cause real problems in your home.

Excess humidity can come from a variety of sources in the home. Many of the everyday tasks we do each day put moisture into the air, including cooking, laundry, and bathing. During the summer months, warm moist air is bound to make it into almost every home, and for many the small amount of dehumidification that a central air conditioning system does can be enough to keep your humidity ideal - less than 50%. In more humid locations, a central air system simply cannot keep up. Besides, they are designed primarily for cooling, much less so for actually removing excess moisture. In instances like these, you can control humidity, dust mites and mold growth with a simple, yet efficient, room dehumidifier.

Danby 70 Pint Home DehumidifierRoom dehumidifiers generally use refrigerant based technology to cool coils to almost freezing. Then as air passes over them, moisture precipitates out. When air cools, it loses its ability to hold water. The same volume of colder air cannot hold near as much moisture as the same volume of warm or hot air, so the moisture precipitates out in the form of condensate. Before the air leaves the dehumidifier, it passes over the motor. This warms the air before it heads back out into your home looking to suck up more moisture.

This type of dehumidifier is common mainly because it is so effective, cost efficient, and because there are a variety of sizes and styles available. Danby has long held a top spot in consumer ratings magazines, and offers a great balance between cost and performance. Running this type of dehumidifier not only removes moisture in the air but can keep humidity levels low enough to stop dust mites and inhibit the growth of mold throughout your home, office or apartment.

To learn more about how excess moisture can impact your health.

As for Sparky, "she" is doing fine, and I've just learned she's now called Woody.... too much Toy Story for that child.

Author: KevvyG

Posted by Kevin on Thursday, August 30, 2012
Dangers of Flood Clean UpThroughout the South and Southeast, Hurricane Isaac is having a two-fold effect. In some areas, the heavy rains are providing much needed relief from drought conditions. Though in other areas, the rains are so intense that they are causing severe flooding of homes and businesses. When storms like Isaac hit, there is little you can do to prevent severe flooding from causing damage, and often you are simply left cleaning up after the fact. Take precautions when cleaning up after a flood and avoid the hidden dangers that floodwaters can often hold.
  • Mold - Mold spores are ever-present, and unless you live or work in a highly specialized area where the filtration is exceptional, there are mold spores around you every day. Air purifiers can lessen the mold spores in the air but because they so ubiquitous, they are difficult to completely eliminate. Severe flooding can cut power and put homes under several inches to several feet of water. The warmth of summer and introduction of this excess moisture makes flooded homes ripe for mold growth.
  • Cholera - Though instances of Cholera are rare in the United States, severe flooding can cause major problems as water treatment plants and other infrastructure that handle waste waters can back up and contaminate flood waters. Hurricane Isaac has raised worries of a flare up in cases of Cholera in Haiti.
  • West Nile - Standing water is the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and with mosquitoes come a host of problems. In recent years, cases of West Nile, spread through mosquito bites, have risen throughout the South. This year in particular has seen a spike in West Nile cases and fatalities. Receding flood waters can leave pools of water where mosquitoes lay eggs and further the spread of diseases like West Nile. While spraying efforts can dampen the effect, wearing loose fitting clothing and using repellents can do much to alleviate this hazard.
Other mosquito-borne illnesses (like malaria) as well as other bacteria and viruses can also use flood waters as a breeding ground and means of dissemination.

Though weather caused flooding is not often preventable, there is much you can do to limit the damage and health problems that can arise from flood waters. Using proper protection during clean up, like gloves, HEPA masks, and rubber boots can limit exposure to harmful viruses, while heavy duty air purifiers and water damage dehumidifiers can inhibit mold growth and filter out airborne contaminants.

If you have weathered summer storms, take care while cleaning up after the fact and don't let one major problem spiral in to several others.

For more information on flood water clean up or the health effects of excess moisture.

Author: Kevin 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 Friday, March 30, 2012
Danby DehumidifiersSince spring came early, we all fully expect summer to come early too! In anticipation of a hot and humid summer, our Danby dehumidifiers have arrived!

Consistently a top rated model by consumer ratings agencies, the Danby 70 pint is by far our most popular dehumidifier. Not only is the water removal impressive, the auto-restart, timer, and direct drain option are all valuable features that provide convenience without needless expense.

During the warm, humid summer months, the indoor humidity levels can soar. Even with a central air conditioner running, the temperature can be cool yet the humidity high. To keep humidity levels low enough to prevent dust mite and mold growth, a room dehumidifier is a handy solution.

With the included hose and direct drain option, they are a convenient way to lower the humidity level in your basement without having to empty a condensate tank. Overall, they are one of the easiest ways to prevent mold from growing in your home. Currently only the 70 pint models are in stock, but 50 pints dehumidifiers will be arriving soon!

In addition to Danby's, we offer a wide selection of dehumidifiers to fit nearly any space in your home, from a small cupboard to industrial warehouses!

Shop Dehumidifiers or Check out the Danby 70 pint dehumidifier.

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