10:38AM | 02/20/03
Member Since: 02/19/03
8 lifetime posts
I'm moving into a home with a humidity problem. This home is an open split-level ranch with a family room in the downstairs. Currently there are 2 sump pumps installed in the downstairs. The house is very tight and has electric baseboard heat. The home inspector tells me that he humidity level in most of the house is over 40%.

Here is what I plan on doing. I'm putting in a pellet stove in the downstairs family room to help with the heat and the humidity. I plan on cutting vents to the upstairs and I may run some small ducts into the other rooms with a small fan for air circulation. I'll run Window A/C units in the summer and crank open the windows in the spring and fall. I plan on installing a bathroom vent. I plan on installing a range vent. I plan on using a dehumidifier.

Does anyone have any further recommendations?


12:58PM | 02/20/03
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
This is a significant problem with newer and tighter homes. An air-to-air heat exchanger (also heat recovery ventilator) is excellent to exhaust stale indoor air and bring in fresh outdoor air. Not cheap but the best long term solution.
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