Efficient basement dehumidification – how to?
Our deep energy retrofit of a 112 year old masonry building in Chicago includes a basement unit (garden apartment). The old foundation walls always draw some moisture and for that reason are exposed on the inside so that they can dry out. That works fine during fall, winter and spring, when the ERV removes that excess moisture. During summer, however, that moisture starts building up and I have a really hard time to control it.
I am hesitant to use an efficient dehumidifier, as it produces not only the desired dry air but also an undesired thermal load (we currently don’t need AC in the basement unit). I am contemplating to add the Munters DryCool HD, as it promises to minimize the undesired thermal load. (http://www.munters.us/en/us/Products--Services/Dehumidification/Dehumidi...)
Does anyone have experience with the Munters DryCool HD, or should I move the ERV to the second floor and go with a completely different product for the basement unit ventilation and humidity control? Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated!
Posted Jun 25, 2014 9:35 AM ET
Edited Jun 25, 2014 9:36 AM ET
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