SaniDry Dehumidifier – Part 1 – My New Energy Savings Toy

Last year, I acquired 4 new energy conservation toys which we wrote many articles on with of course pictures, specifically:

Each of them helped to reduce the direct and indirect consumption of non-renewable energy resources in our home, reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated in and around our home, and reduced to varying degrees our electric, home heating and home cooling utility bills month after month after month. Energy conservation, check. Money saving (some longer term than others), check.

This year, my first new energy savings toy (a boy needs his toys, right? icon wink SaniDry Dehumidifier   Part 1   My New Energy Savings Toy   ) is the SaniDry Basement Air System. We acquired it from Basement Systems, one of our long time site advertisers (their basement waterproofing advertisement is over there on the left in the Site Advertisers area). After all, we might as well eat our own dog food, right?

Now, here is our need. Our youngest daughter uses the bedroom in the basement when she is home from college (she’s not attending her dad’s personal favorite, the University of Notre Dame; rather, she is attending the University of Waterloo, a fine learning institution in it’s own right … it’s where the founders of a formerly small start up company, Research in Motion, got their start).

So, when she is home we want her environment to be comfortable. Even though we have a walkout basement, it still can become quite humid and the air in the entire house become damp in the summer. Of course, the more humid the air the more uncomfortable it feels which will cause us to run the air conditioner more than if the air was dry (you know, that ‘humidex’ temperature reading the TV weather folks are always mentioning in the summer at the same time that they give the actual temperature).

So, when we moved into our current home we purchased one portable dehumidifier and placed it to run in my unfinished workshop room in the basement right next to her room. This unit drains out to the laundry tub. It’s the one on the left in the picture below:

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It runs all the time, rarely stopping, from late spring to early fall. So, yes, it will constantly consume electricity.

We had a second portable dehumidifier (the one on the right in the above picture) which we placed in the finished area of the basement containing the billiard table.

 SaniDry Dehumidifier   Part 1   My New Energy Savings Toy

For this dehumidifier there is no drain connection, so every day from late spring to early fall we have to remove the interior bucket collecting the water from the moist basement air and take it outside to dump the water onto the lawn (as least we are reducing our water consumption a little).

It too runs almost non-stop from late spring to early fall.

Sure, we see about this time of the year newspaper and Internet ads about portable dehumidifiers.

Some might even be ENERGY STAR rated.

However, there’s a reason why they tend to run constantly in many homes such as ours, even where we have two of them. It is because their capacity is not for a fair sized house.

Our bungalow is approximately 1,700 square feet on the main level and the same in the basement. No wonder these two little guys we have been using ever since we moved into our home are not up to the task. The more they run, the more electricity they consume.

Tomorrow we will talk about my first new energy conservation toy for 2009, the ENERGY STAR rated SaniDry dehumidifier. And, since a picture is worth a thousand words, here a side-by-side comparison of both our two former portable dehumidifiers with our new SaniDry. 

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Don’t wait until you are in the middle of the season before you take action on reducing your seasonally high utility bills. Deal with a situation before it starts to cost you. Deal with reducing your seasonally high air conditioning bills now before the high heat and humidity has arrived like an unwanted relative staying over for weeks without end. This is the approach we are taking to deal with reducing the high humidity.

Until tomorrow.

To continue to the next article in this series about our new dehumidifier, simply select this link to Part 2.

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  1. Pat Anstett says:

    Hello Dan,
    I have been researching solutions to our basement humidity problem. We have a brand new home(4 years) but live on the water and find that the basement where we have 3 bedrooms and a large rec room and games room (1700 sq ft) with a slate floor gets damp in the summer. I read through your series of articles and was wondering how you have found the sani dry dehumidifier to work for you. I would like to locate it in our utility room which is central in the basement with the bedrooms at each end rec room in the middle. Will it draw the air from the far reaching bedrooms to dehumidify them?

    • Dan says:

      To answer that Q would need an on site inspection.

      For example, if the doors to the basement bedroom are closed, then air flow from the bedrooms will be minimal and possibly insufficient regardless of dehumidifier size.

      Our unit is installed next to the central furnace in an enclosed room; yet as we show it has the intake from / outflow into the large open rec room area with the doors to the two bedrooms ajar / open most of the time.

      The key is the air flow.

      I am very satisfied with the SaniDry unit we have in our home.

      I hope that helps,

  2. Pat Anstett says:

    Hi Dan,
    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I have attached our floor plan. What concerns me is the stairway which is open to the main floor. Will the sanidry draw air from upstairs more so than from the bedrooms to the left of the stairs. The doors to the bedrooms are almost always open. We would consider putting vents in the doors to the closets also.

  3. Pat Anstett says:

    Sorry, I tried to email the floor plan and it didn’t work.

    • Dan says:

      Hi Pat,
      No worries re pic.

      What you describe is the identical type of home in which we live; i.e. an open stairway from the basement to the main level floor … total square footage both basement and main floor (we live in a bungalow so no second story floor) approximates 3,000 square feet.

      I have a couple of different humidity guages in the main floor and the guages confirm what I ‘feel’ re the humidity / comfort level of the main floor air …. the SaniDry works very well for us equally throughout our home.

      Having said that I will also indicate that we have a forced air natural gas furnace so the duct work for the heated air in the winter / A/C cooled air in the summer is already in place which allows me to run the furnace fan throughout the hot summer months to draw the cool air from the basement to the main floor rooms … that is the main reason why I run the fan in the furnace.

      Yet, this also provides any needed ‘boost’ (if a boost was needed) to have the dehumidified air from the SaniDry circulate throughout the house (both levels).

      I hope that helps,

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