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
Many of you use humidifiers, and when the temperatures sink and the furnaces kick on, it's not hard to figure out why. Waking up with a sore throat or dry sinuses. Having perpetually chapped lips or dry spots on your skin no matter how much lotion you use. Sweeping and dusting, sweeping and dusting, just to see a rainbow of dust illuminated by the light coming through the window. Not to mention houseplants that seem to turn to nothing more than sticks after a day without water.
It's on this note that I wanted to take a few minutes to mention a new humidifier we've added to our offering. As some may have noticed, the super-high capacity Pure Guardian H4500 and H4600 humidifiers have been discontinued. One of the models replacing these is the new Pure Guardian H7550 humidifier. Though it's not quite as large as H4000 series units, it makes up for it with some very unique and new features.
The new Pure Guardian H7550 humidifier is a dual mist, ultrasonic model. Unlike previous Pure Guardian and Germ Guardian models, this unit features a more modern, slick design with soft touch buttons and a crisp digital display. The performance of the H775 is very similar to other Pure Guardian models, and like the others, it has a blue nightlight that can be turned off. As mentioned though, the controls and the look are very different. You might also notice the tube sticking out of the top of this unit. There are two extension wands that fit where the output nozzle does. The mist travels up then out into the room, with the theory being the higher the moisture is dispersed, the more thorough and efficient humidification will be. There is a regular output nozzle that also comes with the unit in case the extension tubes aren't a route you want to go.
As you can see from the picture, the humidity is terrible low in our office. So for the time being, I think this model is likely to stay right where it is. However, we do have them in stock and ready to ship the same day. The price of the H7550 comes in near the H4000 models at $179.00.
Home humidifiers serve a variety of purpose during the winter. Not only do they put much needed moisture back into the air to relieve dry, itchy skin, but they can help reduce irritation from eczema and relief cold and flu symptoms. Putting the right amount of moisture back in the air can also help to reduce levels of airborne house dust and even make heating your home more efficient. So, while the weather is finally starting to warm, there are at least a few more months of winter ahead, which means more months of your furnace turning your indoor air into a desert wasteland. Taking a small step can sometimes make a big difference in how you feel.
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Author: Kevin Gilmore
The most popular humidifier category is ultrasonic humidifiers. The appeal of ultrasonic humidifiers starts with their ability to put a lot of moisture back in air very quickly and often ends with them being some of the absolute quietest humidifiers available. In between there are a pretty wide variety of features and control options that help to differentiate these models. Most perform best as cool mist humidifiers, and the majority offer digital controls with a built-in hygrostat so that you can not only set your humidity level, but see what current conditions are in the room. Check out our Top Five Ultrasonic Humidifiers.
The deepest offering of any category is cool mist humidifiers. Not only does this encompass all of the ultrasonic models but also evaporative humidifiers and air washers. Cool mist humidifiers do just what the name implies, deliver soothing, cool mist to help relieve symptoms associated with asthma, allergies, eczema and the flu. In this category you will find a variety of styles, but each is effective in combating these winter symptoms. Compare our Top Five Cool Mist Humidifiers list.
The next category is our warm mist humidifier selection. Warm mist humidifiers are a favorite not only for the comforting warm steam they emit but also because many offer the ability to use a medicine cup or essential oils. A traditional problem with warm mist humidifiers is that by boiling the water, they presented a potential safety issue around kids or pets. As the years have passed, some manufacturers have overcome this problem and offer true warm mist without the potential problems. Additionally, a large portion of ultrasonic models offer a "pre-warm" feature, and while the mist that comes out isn't as hot as the old school, boiler-style models, it does help to kill germs and is warmer than the standard cool mist. Heat things up with our Top Five Warm Mist Humidifiers.
Last but not least are compact/child humidifiers. Though this category has a split purpose, child humidifiers vs. travel/portable humidifiers, many of the features that make the models the best are shared by each half. Features like size, ease-of-use, and weight all factor into decided which humidifier will be right for your child's bedroom or which is handy to take along with you on your holiday trip to see family. Go compact or fun with our Top Five Child/Portable Humidifiers.
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
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.
Room 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.
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As for Sparky, "she" is doing fine, and I've just learned she's now called Woody.... too much Toy Story for that child.
All of the problems listed above are a symptom of less moisture in the air. While this can be a great thing in terms of reducing dust mites and mold in your home, air that is too dry, just as air that is too moist, can have a negative impact. In the Southeast, as well as other parts of the U.S., fall can be a very dry time of year. Low humidity, little to no rain, and cooler fall temperatures can all work to make your home a little less than comfortable, but the simple solution is to put moisture back into the air in your home with a home humidifier.
Humidifiers use ordinary tap water and put much needed moisture back into the air in your home. An indoor relative humidity level between 40 and 50% can mean you lose less of your body's natural moisture. A steady relative humidity level can also reduce dust. As humidity levels drop, dust particles do not stick together or clump. Instead of tiny cluster of dust particles that are more likely to settle out on the floor (where you can vacuum them up), the remain separate, lighter and more likely to float through the air that you breath. Air that is very dry can actually leach away moisture from wood trim and furniture, moisture that keeps these things from cracking and splitting.
By putting moisture back into the air you can relieve many of these symptoms. If you already own a humidifier, now is the time to pull it out of the closet or garage and do a few minutes of maintenance. Typical humidifier upkeep can include changing demineralization cartridges or mineral pads, removing scale from internal components with a homemade solution or premade cleaning or descaling powder like EZ Cal, replacing any ionic or silver sticks (that prevent microbe growth), and simply wiping the humidifier down and testing to make sure it is working properly.
By maintaining the proper humidity level throughout the fall and winter months, you can do much to avoid dry and cracked sinuses, dry skin and other problems, common during this part of the year.