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Old 2017-04-19, 01:09 PM
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It will take a few days to drop, if in fact it does. Depends on weather.
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Alright I will give it a few days and I will buy a dehumidifier.

What size should I get for a Tamarack Madison around 2700 sqft
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Old 2017-04-19, 06:04 PM
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Have you been opening your windows on the nice sunny days? I ask because my humidifier has been off all winter (new home) and until recently my humidity has been around 35%. After having my windows open a few nice days, it jumped to 45-50% for a bit.
Mine is new home too & our humidity level have been very low (less than 30%) so we had the builder coming in to take a look at it. They now are getting the company to come in & fix it. I was told that central humidifier will not work if the furnace is not running. I'm watching to see what happens with the rains. Does 40% to 50% sound optimum for hardwood floor? Thanks
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Yeah I have heard that 40-50 is optimal and I was okay for 44% for the entire winter but just last week things changed and jumped to 53 and above
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Just remember that while your hardwood may like 40-50% the rest of your home may not. In the summer you may be ok but when the weather is cold in the winter RH levels that high will result in very wet windows (and a higher chance of mold and such).
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Mine is new home too & our humidity level have been very low (less than 30%) so we had the builder coming in to take a look at it. They now are getting the company to come in & fix it. I was told that central humidifier will not work if the furnace is not running. I'm watching to see what happens with the rains. Does 40% to 50% sound optimum for hardwood floor? Thanks
My levels were higher but I ran a dehumidifier to reduce it to 35-40%. Anything higher than that will result in lots of water on the windows in the winter, which is bad. Even at 35-40% you will get some on the really cold days.

Heating your home will dry it out, which is why you would run a humidifier in the winter, as needed, to keep your humidity from going too low.
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Hello again,

So I bought a dehumidifier and placed it in the basement and the humidity went down to mid 40s as I wanted but the upstairs remained in the mid 50s???

I don't know what to do? Should I buy another one? Should I open windows at home or turn on the HRV more often?
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Hello again,

So I bought a dehumidifier and placed it in the basement and the humidity went down to mid 40s as I wanted but the upstairs remained in the mid 50s???

I don't know what to do? Should I buy another one? Should I open windows at home or turn on the HRV more often?
If you need to keep your humidity down in the spring, then you should be checking the humidity before opening the windows. If it is high outside, it will bring your humidity inside up. If your furnace is not running, you could turn the fan on and run your dehumidifier to reduce humidity.
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My levels were higher but I ran a dehumidifier to reduce it to 35-40%. Anything higher than that will result in lots of water on the windows in the winter, which is bad. Even at 35-40% you will get some on the really cold days.

Heating your home will dry it out, which is why you would run a humidifier in the winter, as needed, to keep your humidity from going too low.
Makes sense, thank you
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Hello again,

So I bought a dehumidifier and placed it in the basement and the humidity went down to mid 40s as I wanted but the upstairs remained in the mid 50s???

I don't know what to do? Should I buy another one? Should I open windows at home or turn on the HRV more often?
turn off the HRV. It shouldn't be run in the summer. It will raise the indoor humidity.
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