Sunday, December 14, 2014

dehumidity

our dehumidfier arrived right on time. it's really a kind of air conditioner or refrigerator. there is a cold coil, as there is inside a refrigerator, and a hot coil, as there was on the outside of older refrigerators, to dissipate the heat removed from the cold coil. the dehumidifier sucks in room air through the cold coil. water condenses on it and drips into a tank. the air then goes through the warm coil and back into the room at close to the temp it entered the machine.




the tank in the machine holds 30 pints of water. the machine shuts itself off if the tanks fills. i have emptied the tank at half full 5 times. 5 times 15 pints = 65 pints = 30.5 quarts = 7.625 gallons!!! that's in four days.






the ritual pouring out of the water



the air in our bedroom is down to 55% relative humidity. three other rooms are under 50%. neither robin nor i have ever had a dehumidifier. where does all this water come from?

16 comments:

  1. That's a lot of water! Somehow can't see the video going viral though.

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  2. I think Tom Robbins wrote something like that in one of his novels --- 'how did all this rain find our address'. I felt that way a lot in northern Cal, but I reckon too much rain beats a drought. If you have to choose ... I like the idea of a dehumidifier that let's you take the moisture out of the air and put it in the ground.

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  3. We got the exact same one after a sudden rainstorm flooded our basement - something that has happened twice now in three years, and never ever before. Amazing, how much water we collected.

    It's decent water, you can use it again in, watering plants or washing stuff with it.

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    1. another satisfied customer. the instructions warn that the water collected is not potable. that's why i didn't put it in a pot.

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  4. That's distilled water you've collected too. (I think.) Fewer chemicals in it. My mother used to use that water in her iron so it didn't crust up with minerals.

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    1. it is distilled. but not potable. we don't iron much.

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  5. Air conditioners are just glorified dehumidifiers. That is why they all have water drains.
    That is a lot of water you all have removed. I like Sabine's idea of reusing it.

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  6. our portable air conditioner in Oregon does the same thing. It sure makes the rooms more comfortable when it pulls out that water. I've always thrown it out but the idea of reusing it sounds good

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    1. i do like the idea of reuse, but it seems unnecessary in winter.

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    2. Ashes to ashes and water to water----or something like that......

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  7. Yay!!! A warm and dry house on the North Coast.

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    1. am-- Not exactly warm, but definitely drier!

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