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BV017624

08:50PM | 10/08/18
Hello,

I live in South Jersey...it gets pretty humid here, especially in summer. I just moved into a bi-level home where the downstairs/basement is about 4' under ground level. All rooms are finished besides laundry room. Humidity is commonly 75% down there. There is no door from downstairs to upstairs since its a bi-level style home. There are no water issues with water getting through. We typically don't like to run the central air unless it's pretty hot, however, we did more than usual since moving here (didn't seem to help humidity too much since we keep AC at 78 to save $). Even when temp is in 70s outsideit is still pretty humid downstairs. I've been just running the dehumidifier downstairs over night, every night and then keeping it off during day. Humidity goes down over night and then returns to 70s during day. This is with windows open and closed. My thinking was that mildew/mold needs time to grow so having humidity going up and down might be okay so i don't have to run the dehumidifier 24/7. Does anyone know if this method is effective with staying mild free or do i have to give in and constantly run AC and dehumidifier until winter?? Any knowledgeable advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
Bill


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