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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 27, 2014 01:01 AM
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My goal has been to make our home as efficient as possible. There are very divergent opinions out there, and many contractors speak definitively and with complete conviction (making it tough for a consumer to figure all this out). I had spray foam insulation added and was told I needed fresh air, so I got an ERV. Now - because I live in humid FL and on the water - we're having serious mold problems. - Is a dehumidifier the best option? - Do dehumidifiers use less energy than having the compressor running on our A/C (which we'd be able to do)? - Should I quit using the ERV (or do I really need the fresh air in a super tight house)? Thanks!




 

 

My goal has been to make our home as efficient as possible. There are very divergent opinions out there, and many contractors speak definitively and with complete conviction (making it tough for a consumer to figure all this out). I had spray foam insulation added and was told I needed fresh air, so I got an ERV. Now - because I live in humid FL and on the water - we're having serious mold problems. - Is a dehumidifier the best option? - Do dehumidifiers use less energy than having the compressor running on our A/C (which we'd be able to do)? - Should I quit using the ERV (or do I really need the fresh air in a super tight house)? Thanks!

Well first off, congratulations on not only having a goal but also striving towards reaching it. Unfortunately, as you have found out the answers are not as always clear-cut as...


 

 

 
 
 

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