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AC versus dehumidified garage


I'm looking to build a garage on rental property that I own and was wondering would using a dehumidifier suffice in lieu of air conditioning?

This would certainly be cheaper to operate.

Heat is not a problem here in Florida.

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RE: AC versus dehumidified garage

Why would you use either? Is this a classic and you're placing it in long term storage? If not, the garage will never be dehumidified because the garage door will never seal tight enough and the de-humidifier will simply work as hard as it can to reduce the amount of moisture. OTOH, if you're storing a classic and intend on sealing the garage, the dehumidifier would suffice.
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The structure would be constructed using concrete block and fully insulated. I would order the garage doors with insulation as I did on my home.

Yes, there would be leakage, but a very small percentage.

My main concern is rust due to the humidity which exceed 90% in the summer months.

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if you are just concerned about the car then use a carcoon for storage.
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That looks pretty interesting.

Does anybody have any experience with this product?

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RE: AC versus dehumidified garage

How about getting separate AC unit for the garage ?

That should be a perfect fit - no duct work required and it's not a "window unit"

http://www.mrslim.com/UploadedFiles/Resource/MSeriesBroch2003.pdf


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RE: AC versus dehumidified garage

I use this same type of bubble for my show cars. It keeps them clean. provides air movement and with the use of a desacant(sp?), they also help solve the humidity problem. I would definetly recommend their use.
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RE: AC versus dehumidified garage

C,

How long have you been in Tampa? My cars and I have been here for a long time and none have ever rusted from the humidity. Your garage is a great idea but I’d save the expense – an MB in a garage in Tampa will last 100 years! If you feel the need to do more I would go for the “car bubble.� It’s good enough for show cars![:D]
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RE: AC versus dehumidified garage


I've been here quite a while, I see that you're in Tampa too.

My problem is that I'm a pack rat, a three car garage that I can fit one car into, so, with my collection expanding, I'm just thinking ahead. I'm down to one motorcycle, so, things are clearing out.

Plus, I'm thinking of installing a lift either in my garage at home or in the new storage building. I like to do things correctly, a lift is a neccessary luxury for car restoration. Plus, with Clinton's China deals, $20k lifts and $2k air compressors can be had for $3k and $500 respectively. So, a nice garage is not out of the question.

email me at himsel@gte.net

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