Most small dehumidifiers only run when the humidity is above the
the Dryness Control setting. Mine runs a lot during the summer
(high humidity season) and almost never otherwise; except for
warm driving rains (through the Doors).
The small Whirlpool unit is drying a 4000 sq ft basement concrete
floor shop and has never let anything even tarnish let alone rust.
If anything can draw and condense moisture, it's a cool underground
Hope this helps
On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 12:14 PM, Kirk Wallace
> On Sun, 2010-12-26 at 17:22 -0800, Kirk Wallace wrote:
> > The rain came and put a 1/8" of water across the whole shop, then sunny
> > the next day and turned the shop into a sauna on freezing cold steel.
> > Only the few cruddy parts of my machines escaped the rust. I'm _really_
> > pissed with mother nature right now, but I guess I should be thankful,
> > it could be worse (don't know how, oops more rain Tuesday). If my
> > machines were dirty I'd be okay.
> Thanks for the replies. Usually (almost always), it is fairly dry here
> in the Eastern CA hills, so this problem doesn't present itself often.
> Actually, after the rain the outside air was pretty dry, but with the
> water inside the shop, the air being closed up, and the machines being
> cold, it was a prefect storm, so to speak. I didn't go down to the shop
> for a couple of days, and it didn't occur to me to check (Dooh). When I
> did get down there, I thought a heater would make it worse, so I opened
> the doors and windows, ran fans and the wet/dry vac to get as much water
> out as I could. I have tried to not have any thing on the floor if I
> could help it, but I have far too much stuff, in far too small a space.
> All of the cardboard boxes on the floor have gotten wet and are slumping
> and things inside are getting ruined. I can't get to many of them.
> It may be that an automatic heater could keep the machines warm enough
> but they would need to be warmed before the humidity comes. A
> dehumidifier would be nice, but you don't see many of them around these
> parts, I'll have to look into it. Energy cost is pretty high, to me at
> least, so I'll need to be mindful of efficiency.
> My heart goes out to those that have to deal with real flooding,
> tornadoes, hurricanes, and the like.
> Kirk Wallace
> California, USA
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