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Hi all, I wanted to see if anyone could help me find a good dehumidifier for my shop. I live 1/4 mile from the ocean and we have a ton of humidity to deal with. My latest batch of dehumidifiers have just crashed on me. I buy the small household type every few years. I have tried all the home brands, Frigidaire, Maytag etc. I am sick of buying them at $200+ a pop only to have them crap out on me after a few years, so I am looking to go with an industrial version and I would like some suggestions. I found one that can go as low as 33 degrees. I do have a fair amount of dust form time to time so I need one that filters well.
Thanks for any advice.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 11-08-2015 02:32 AM

I have one called Energy star/gold star. I works good but will double your electric bill. On the other hand a small wood stove will suck 10x the humidity than any industrial humidifier you can find.


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#2 posted 11-08-2015 04:36 AM

Mine is a GE 45 pint household unit. Mine has lasted for years, but I don’t use it continually. I usually run it two weeks at a time to dry lumber. Maybe an industrial unit is the way to go for continuous or regular use.

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#3 posted 11-08-2015 12:53 PM

Over the past 15 years or so, I’ve went through maybe 4 of them…various brands. I consider them a throw away appliance like so many other things anymore. The current one (our 5th) is a Frigidaire with digital controls (the first one I’ve had like that) and it’s now 4 years old…I expect it to go in the next year or 2. One thing about the various life times is they get different use levels in different environments. In our case my wife has rheumatoid arthritis, and I have to run the DH even when the air is on, so we always have to have one.

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#4 posted 11-08-2015 01:25 PM

I’ve owned a Soleus 45 pint for a few years. Important thing is to keep the filter clean if used in the shop. I only run mine as needed in the summer when the humidity is high (Midwest resident). As the heat of summer kicks in is when I will turn on the central A/C. Doing so I can sometimes turn the dehumidifier off because the shop is in the basement and climate controlled. And I turn it off before I fire up any tools, otherwise it will draw in the dust from the air.
I did research and read many reviews on many models. I drew the conclusion that none last more than a few years at best. Like many appliances these days it’s a crap shoot.

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#5 posted 11-08-2015 01:49 PM

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#6 posted 11-09-2015 01:19 AM

Hah, that’s an awesome one for sure Brian. I’m in the same boat you are, but I’m not sure I’m ready to shell out a grand for one. I really wish this weren’t the type of appliance that only lasted a couple years. I’m ready to pay more for a better one but maybe not that much.

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#7 posted 11-09-2015 01:51 AM

That one has a five year warranty which is nice. I am running out of mistakes to put in my wood stove. I need a project that wastes lots of wood.

-- Brian Noel

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