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joonifloofeefloo

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dehumidifier and air purifier? [must ship to Canada]
« on: August 21, 2017, 06:45:58 AM »
I live in a gorgeous, newly built suite in a house.

The air is a little bit funny.

Every time we return from a trip, we sneeze and get stuffed up.
We've never had that experience anywhere else.

There's a slight "off" smell, which reminds me of one created by an old evaporative (swamp) cooler.

There's always a touch of moisture in the air. It takes days for even hard stuff to dry.

I strongly prefer dry, and clear.

Our stay here is temporary (a few more months).

Recommendations for a dehumidifier and air purifier? (All in one or separate).
Prefer low-cost, per temporary need (next house will likely be 5x bigger).
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Re: dehumidifier and air purifier?
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2017, 07:26:09 AM »
We live in an old rental house, and I realized I installed the AC filter backwards when I saw it collapsed one day when the house wasn't cooling well. I went up into the attic to clean the blower since it's been basically filter free for about 2 months, and found about 1/8" of dust/grease/grime on every single blade on the blower fan. Did a half ass cleaning job and the house is cooling again. I doubt it's ever been cleaned before. If we owned the house I would've done a more thorough job, but it was late and I was hot and tired.

The moral of the story is, find the indoor AC unit and clean the blower and coils, it's probably caked in dust since nobody ever thinks to clean those unless there is a problem, I think that contributes to a lot of places' old house smell. Also first step is the filter if you haven't changed that recently.

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Re: dehumidifier and air purifier? [must ship to Canada]
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2017, 07:40:54 AM »
I've never seen an all-in-one system, but I have used both dehumidifiers and air purifiers at different times.
I'd start with a dehumidifier if your house feels at all damp. That funk may be mold. I bought the brand carried by Walmart in Canada and it's still running years later (though I don't use it much any more). They're easy to clean, so check kijiji for used ones!

As for air purifiers, I bought mine via amazon and they were great - but be sure that you can either clean the filters yourself or find replacement ones, as I once bought one without checking, and the filters were no longer made!

If you're in Manitoba, I'd be happy to lend you one or both.

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Re: dehumidifier and air purifier? [must ship to Canada]
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2017, 07:59:51 AM »
Thanks very much, ooeei and Sun Hat!

Cool that you would loan me one, SH :)   I'm far from there, though.

I might ask Landlord to check coils, etc, but he is a deliciously thorough and meticulous person, who has been reno'ing from the studs up, so I'd be surprised if he'd missed this.

This is the all-in-one I'm coveting:
http://www.allergybuyersclub.com/pure-and-dry-hepa70-dehumidifier-hepa-air-purifier.html

I did some reading and decided that, yeah, if I keep my windows open (as I prefer anyway), that might serve as enough of an air purifier for now, given that I'm surrounded by nature/green. Landlord asks that I keep the windows shut and locked while we're away, so we return to the indoor air, and often I close them against noise. Winter I'll need to keep them closed (for my happiness) against wood smoke.

So, starting with a dehumidifier + windows open as much as possible, will take it from there.