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Re: [Killietalk] Dehumidifier
Dehumidifier water may not be such a great idea, Ron.
Ron Schulz wrote:
Hi all, I just added a dehumidifier to my fish room to correct a high
humidity problem. (approx. 80% RH before / approx. 55% RH after). Is
there a consensus as to whether I can use the condensate to make some
softer water by diluting my well water with it? The well water runs
about 140ppm hardness, 270uS conductivity, and pH about 6.9. The
condensate (about 2 gal/day) measures 0ppm hardness, 40uS
conductivity and pH 6.4.
Water that acid can erode the copper tubing, if that's what the
condenser coils contain. Check for copper and lead, at minimum, unless
the tubing is aluminum.
I suspect worse problems come from the large amount of room air that
passes over the coils and evaporant. Cooking oils, smoke of various
kinds, formaldehyde from wall insulation, paint fumes, insecticides,
cleaning compounds, furnace fumes, vehicle exhaust and pet effluent can
end up in your water as a concentrate (that 40uS came from somewhere!).
While normally pretty harmless, the agressive solvent properties of
distilled water can make them all much, much stronger to your fish.
RO, DI, or bottled versions thereof from the store are just too cheap to
make a risky source very attractive, IMHO. YMMV. You have to judge how
pure your fishroom air really is, I guess.
Wright Huntley -- 760 872-3995 -- Rt. 001 Box K36, Bishop CA 93514
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