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Old 14 September 2015, 03:29 PM   #1  
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Default Dehumidifier for a double garage ?

As winter draws ever closer I'm looking at investing in a dehumidifier to try and keep on top of the damp air that gathers in our garage (I'm sure this is what started the rot on my bugeye arches last year).

Any recommendations for a suitable unit would be much appreciated. From what I've read, a desiccant type is the one I'm after as these operate at lower temperatures than compressor based humidifiers.

Or, if you have any alternative solutions to keeping moisture at bay I'm open to suggestions.
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Old 14 September 2015, 04:01 PM   #2  
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What's causing the damp air? Maybe just decent ventilation would help keep it at bay.
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Had both the compressor type and the dessicant and i find the dessicant to be far better than the compressor type.
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What's causing the damp air? Maybe just decent ventilation would help keep it at bay.
I think it's mainly condensation caused by the differentials in air temperature. It's not a problem during the warmer months, just the colder months. Decent ventilation is probably the long term solution as there's no where for the air to circulate at the moment; that would require some alterations to the garage brickwork, but unfortunately at this moment in time that's not an option.

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Had both the compressor type and the dessicant and i find the dessicant to be far better than the compressor type.
Can you recall what make / model you have ? Was there a noticeable difference when you started using it ?
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I'd go with the air flow suggestion above, I have a double garage that I have kept my Type R in for the last 9yrs and it's as fresh as the day it went in there, but it has plenty of air flow, open at the apex, eves and the door has about a 1cm gap all the way around.

From experience if I were you I'd put in a **** load of air bricks.

However I do have a large ish cellar that requires a de-humididifier (We even dry clothes in there) I was given one by family and bought another from wicks, the one I was given packed up after about a year, the wicks one has been going strong for about 7yrs, it's the refrigerator/ compressor type and has run 24/7 during that time, I only have to clean the fluff off the filter about once a year and it pulls in the region of 3L every 72hrs.

If you think about it fridges work for years and years.

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We also have a Wickes one, it's a bit noisy now, but gets left on during the winter months in the French house, with a flexible drain pipe down the sink.
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I think it's mainly condensation caused by the differentials in air temperature. It's not a problem during the warmer months, just the colder months. Decent ventilation is probably the long term solution as there's no where for the air to circulate at the moment; that would require some alterations to the garage brickwork, but unfortunately at this moment in time that's not an option.



Can you recall what make / model you have ? Was there a noticeable difference when you started using it ?
Had 2 ebac compressor types which were noisy and troublesome and so i bought a dessicant type which is a provic x dry deluxe which is quiet and works a lot better than the ebac compressor machines and yes i can tell a difference as the provic is much more efficient.
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re the garage or shed. My shed that I store the car in over winter is on a farm, very large, prob 10+ cars size (I park my scoobie in the corner) , but its gets very damp over winter and I found this time taking my STi out recently that the engine bay was badly covered in this white chalk that took ages to get shiny again. This was down to the condensation as I noticed severl times that the place would be dripping wet, tools and everything..


Is their a way to help prevent even some of this ? Their is ventilation as the shed(made of bricks, steel beams and galvanized roof) has gaps between corners and roof, and also some small holes in the roof(3/4 inch in size) . Floor is painted concrete..


Im thinking this winter ill park the car on a timber platform and is their anything relative in expensive I can do to prevent some of the condensation, even just in the corner where I keep my car ?
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