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Old 09-26-2007, 02:08 PM   #1
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Dehumidifier???

How many people use a dehumidifier because of the evaporation from their tank? I have a 130 gal tank that I would estimate loses approximately 10 gal of water a week. Can that evaporated water cause problems in the house overtime?
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:29 PM   #2
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I had one before my tank 'cause it can get moist in the basement. Now with a 155g and losing about 3g daily, I wouldn't think of not having a de-humidifier.

But my uneducated opinion says yes, it could cause damage over time. Mold I'm guesing.
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If you use a dehumidifier, you will get more evaporation.
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I had to for my wife in my old house. It was in the main living area and she is very sensitive to things like that, so we had to run a dehumidifier so she did not get sick. However, at my new house it is in my basement, so it does not bother her.
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:32 PM   #5
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If you use a dehumidifier, you will get more evaporation.
How's that?

I know it feeels awfully damp down there when it's not running (when the de-humidifier tank gets full - auto shut-off)
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A dehumidifier sucks the water out of the air/tank.....I imagine it does depend on the location of the tank. A damp basement may do better to have one, whereas my living room is not damp.
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Also... to put things in perspective, one adult - doing nothing but sitting around the house and breathing - will put about 2 gallons/week of water vapor into the air.
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LOL! Good thing to know!
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Now that's a "fun fact" Kurt. That's is very interesting to know.
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Not sure if it's a fact or not, but I read it on the internet - so it must be true... right?

The actual thing I ran into a bit ago was a quote from a doctor that said through normal sweating and breathing, the average person pumps out 1 liter of water a day into the air. So doing the math and rounding up a bit, that's where I got the 2 gal/week.

With my 46g, I lose about 2 gallons/week in evaporation - so from a humidity standpoint my tank's evaporation is the same as adding another person in the house. I also have a digital humidity thingy (technical term) in the house, and I haven't noticed any increase in average humidity levels since I've added the tank.
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