…For the harp tech who wants some peace and quiet along with a dry basement.
When I moved my harmonica shop into the basement of our new home in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, I had to start using a de-humidifier. Or so I thought. For two years I suffered through the noise and heat of the dehumidifier and the nuisance of having to empty the water from the drain pan.
This year I moved my tuning area directly into the area where I kept the dehumidifier. I hated the thought of another summer of noise and heat, so I started looking for some other way to deal with the humidity.
I ran across this article: http://www.wildmanfarm.com/?p=750
It explains that the cold air with the most moisture collects at the lowest point in your basement and if you move that air out, you also get rid of most of the moisture.
So a quiet exhaust fan at floor level ends up doing a better job of getting rid of not only moisture but stale air in general.
It is a simple idea – an exhaust fan at floor level with a switch unit that measures the level of moisture in the air – a humidistat. You can set the humidistat to kick in when the humidity rises to a particular level. I ended up tuning the knob on this so it runs all the time.
So far, I love this rig and will never go back to the dehumidifier. This rig also uses a lot less electricity than the dehumidifier.
Sure makes it a lot more pleasant to tune harmonicas!