I have put a dehumidifier in my basement to take some of the dampness out of
the air. The problem is I can only run it during the day because my
daughter's bedroom is in the basement and the dehumidifier is really noisy.
Does anyone have a creative idea for quietening it down? (It's already on a
Of course my daughter is entitled to silence when she's sleeping. That's why
I want to know how to make the dehumidifier quieter. If it's running all day
and then off at night, I'm just wasting energy as the humidity builds up
when the dehumidifier is off.
1) If the basement's so damp that you notice buildup with the dehumidifier
off for 8 hours, you should find the source of the humidity and deal with
2) Unless the basement's got VERY serious problems, dehumidifiers will run
often when you first install them, and then run less as the various objects
in the basement dry out (walls, rugs, stored items). This stabilization
period can vary quite a bit depending on what's actually holding the
humidity (besides the air itself). The bottom line is that you may notice
little or no difference in comfort between running the thing all day, and
shutting it off at night.
3) If you want to quiet the thing, build a box around it. Wood lined inside
with carpet. 3 sides and a top. 1 side open.
On Wed, 04 Oct 2006 10:41:14 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
Is it fan-noise or rattling thats the issue?
The best solution is to find a quieter model dehumidifier,
but failing that, gluing something heavy to the sheet
metal may (or may not) help. Is the machine IN
the bedroom? Can you do something about reducing the
noise going through the wall/door?
Please learn how to reply correctly within a newsgroup thread.
If you want to reply to the OP, then reply to his post and not
somebody else's. It's not that difficult to do intelligently.
To the OP:
Get a heavy duty timer. Shut the thing off during certain hours. Your
daughter's entitled to silence when she's sleeping.
My news server lost the OP's original message, so the thread began with
By the way: Please learn how to reply correctly within a newsgroup thread.
Bottom post so your messages read in the way that's expected by the vast
majority of literate people on the planet. It's not that difficult to do
I live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and they are legal
here. Maybe you should move.
One of the great humors of this newsgroup is the number of
people who assume that their local zoning is pretty much
universal. As you have pointed out, that just isn't true.
In our area, the major zoning requirement for a basement
bedroom is that two exits must exist. One exit is generally
the stairway to the ground floor. The second exit can be a
direct exit "to daylight", a window which qualifies as an
"egress window", or a second stairway to the first floor.
That last is mildly odd. The model codes require the
separate means of egress to be separated by a fire
assembly, (or something like that), meaning that
a second stairway leading to the garage would
be OK, but on set of stairs to the kitchen,
and another one to the family room wouldn't be.
(Unless the house is strangly constructed).
Apparently, the idea being that a fire that starts in
one place shouldn't be able to block or smoke out
both exits unless it's been burning for more than
In addition to potentially overheating, it seems like it just wouldn't
work as well, unless it had a really strong fan to circulate lots of
humid air in through those 3" holes. The whole point is that it needs
to pull in the humid air, pass it over cooling coils, and blow out dry
air, which would not work well in a box. The air inside the box sure
would be dry, but I have doubts about the rest of the basement.
My advice: if it's a specific part of the dehumidifier that's
rattling/vibrating, see if you can glue/clamp/rubberband/tie that part
so it doesn't vibrate. If it's really the motor making all the noise,
there's a chance that bearings could be bad or the fan blades could be
unbalanced or something like that, but unless you're a confident DIYer,
it would probably be more expensive to fix than it's worth. Try a new
dehumidifier - pay attention to the return policy and try it for a
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