Spring Forward: 11 ways to keep your home and dehumidifier in check

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During daylight savings, in many parts of the country, we set our clocks one hour ahead for the purpose of making better use of sunlight and to conserve energy. It is also an indication that springtime is near – a season of new beginnings and life. The annual spring cleaning time has arrived and here is a list of  to-dos to keep your home and dehumidifier in check:

  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors- doing this each time change will keep you on a schedule and insure your alarms are working.
  • Replace filters in your home- check your air conditioning units, heating units, water filters, etc. Have them fresh and in working order for the new season. It is important to not forget about the filter in your dehumidifier in order to maintain efficiency.
  • Reverse your ceiling fans – fans should be rotating counter clockwise to cool the rooms in your home as we warm up from spring to summer. To do this look for a small switch on the base of your ceiling fan flip the switch and watch for the correct air pull direction.
  • Check and clean out the gutters of your home.
  • Make sure the grade around the foundation is carrying water away from your home. 
  • Seal holes and cracks to keep vermin out of your home –  also do not forget to seal off entry points for wires and and pipes into your home or building. You can buy a inexpensive can of spray foam from your local hardware store to seal with.
  • Make sure your dehumidifier is level – this ensures that the water being removed from the air in your crawl space or basement is running out the drain line.
  • Clean out the drain line of your dehumidifier – this can be done by removing the line and running a hot water and bleach solution through it.  You can also just replace the tubing.
  • Make sure the dehumidifier line has a proper drain trap that is draining downward – see video below to see drain trap options. 
  • If the dehumidifier is running to a sump pump, make sure the pump is properly functioning.
  • Lastly, if draining directly outside of the crawl space make sure that the line is not obstructed or kinked.

 

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