I just wanted to get some feedback from those that dehumidify their whole shop to help condition lumber MC. I'm in a well-insulated, 1500 square foot warehouse without heat or A/C. I was planning on running a dehumidifier and a couple of fans. Naturally, I live in a coastal (humid) area. Is anyone else using a similar setup and can recommend a dehumidifier? Ive read a ton of posts about failures caused by poorly managing moisture content and want to reduce the likelihood of this in my work.
From contributor D:
I would suggest an air conditioner instead of a dehumidifier. In a space of that size a window unit should work just fine. A/C is way more effective at reducing humidity plus you get to stay cool.
If you are trying to dial in and control the humidity to a certain spec, then a dehumidifier may make sense, but it would have to work in conjunction with some sort of cooling system. I have a couple of Trane split systems with gas furnaces that are 1-ton each with a 1,100 square foot shop. My humidity levels stay consistently below 65% in central Indiana.