How to Dehumidify Your Room Naturally
Wet Home Environment?
We live in a cabin on the south end of Quadra Island, located off of the east coast of Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.
Do you live in a wet place? Being surrounded by such lush greenery creates even more opportunity for high humidity in the home. Our climate is balmy and beautiful for approximately eight months of the year, liberally sprinkled with days of rain and wind. The winter months are cold and damp to us west coasters. These are perfect conditions for humidity to rise in our home. When I am not careful, I find myself mopping puddles of water off of the insides of windowsills. We keep the wood stove burning twenty four hours a day during the winter months. One of the reasons, of course, is to keep us toasty warm, and another is that the heat will assist in keeping humidity down.
Was your house built to prevent and repel moisture? Ours wasn't. It is constructed with wood and covered with shake. It sits close to the ground perhaps a foot from the soil with no solid foundation. There is also no vapor barrier, plastic or otherwise, between the floor and the ground, in one of the bedrooms. This causes moisture to condense under anything that may be laying on the floor— clothing, dog beds, those kinds of things. Condensation also forms under beds and dressers, places where there is little or no circulation.
Are you seeing water damage? Humidity can compromise the structural condition of your house. It is important to control the humidity in your home to protect your investment. Too much moisture can cause damage to window sills, skylights, and dark closets and small rooms by collecting and pooling water in places with poor ventilation.
All in all, this is a very unhealthy and unsafe circumstance to have inside of one's home, especially for health reasons. High humidity is a breeding ground for molds and mildews. Breathing in mold spores, even dead ones, can cause many human health issues.
Signs of Humidity in the Home
Condensation on the panes of windows and doors
Spots of mold in corners or on ceiling
Puddles or wet spots in basement
Health Reasons for Controlling Humidity
The word "humidity" refers to the amount of water in the air. Many organisms thrive in moisture, causing humans with allergies to have reactions.
Optimum humidity is between 30 and 50%.
High humidity causes mold and mites to grow and thrive. Both are significant indoor allergens. Both, especially mold, are harmful and toxic to humans. Grey mold grows on the surface of dirt in greenhouses if the soil becomes too damp and humid.
The flip side, too low humidity, is not good for humans or plants either. Low humidity causes dry skin and hair, static electricity, and dry mouth while sleeping. All these things can be avoided by choosing one, or all, of these three easy and cost-effective ways to lower the humidity.
Hygometer to Monitor Indoor Humidity
You will need to and place it in the room, greenhouse, closet, or garage, wherever you need to monitor the humidity. A hygrometer is a meter that measures the moisture in the air. They can be purchased for ten dollars or less at most big box stores, hardware stores, and such. You will find then in the hardware aisle. purchase a hygrometer
Ideally, the humidity indoors should be kept between 30% and 50% for optimum climate control.
Hygrometers usually come coupled with a thermostat, as temperature plays a big part in the humidity level in the room. Too high a temperature will create too much humidity, potentially growing mites, molds, and other nasty fungi. Too low humidity coupled with low temps will also cause mold and mildew.
If you discover that you have humidity, and you don't want to invest in a dehumidifier, here are three different solutions that are cheap and easy.
Optimum Humidity Is 30-50%
#1 Rock Salt
I have tried this rock salt method and it works for me. Rock salt will pull moisture out of the air, therefore decreasing humidity.
Materials you will need: 2 five gallon buckets and a bag of rock salt.
- Using a drill, put a couple dozen holes in the sides and bottom of a bucket.
- Place this bucket inside the other intact (not drilled) bucket. Pour rock salt into the top bucket. Place the buckets in the area to be dehumidified.
- As the rock salt pulls moisture from the air, it will collect in the bottom bucket. Dump liquid and replace rock salt in order to continue dehumidifying the area as necessary.
is a product that will control high humidity in your home or greenhouse. It comes in a hanging packet or as a spreadable powder. As the crystals absorb the moisture, they harden and turn into a solid mass. Damprid is an easy product to find in stores and not too hard on the pocketbook at $5 or less. You will find it in most home repair and hardware stores. Damprid
The white crystals are calcium chloride. This chemical compound is composed of calcium and chlorine and can be generated by limestone. The crystals are typically white or colorless, but small amounts of mineral deposits can cause the crystals to take on a faint rust color.
DriZair is another cost-effective product easily found in most hardware and or big box stores. The crystals in DriZair absorb excess humidity in the air.
Line a collander (plastic is best) with vinyl screen and fill with DriZair. Place the collander in another, larger bowl or bucket. As the crystals pull water from the air, it collects in the bottom container. When all crystals have liquified, pour out the contents of the bowl or bucket and repeat with more crystals if necessary.
Damp Home environment
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