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Old 01-29-2015, 01:06 PM   #1
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Humidity

Opened a window and ran the fan for several hours yesterday. The humidity was 100 per cent at the beginning and 100 per cent when I closed up.
Environment Canada reports 95 per cent humidity today.
So, my question, is this exercise pointless until general humidity is less?
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:21 PM   #2
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In short, yes. Unless you can seal the interior to prevent the intrusion of the outside humid air.
Try turning on the a/c with everything closed, that should lower the interior humidity,
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No a/c.
Just have to let Dri-Z-Airs do the job. Might turn on the heat to warm the air.
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We have three lamps with 60 watt bulbs burning 24/7 and that seems to help keep things dry. We leave the Max Fan open a bit too.
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No a/c.
Just have to let Dri-Z-Airs do the job. Might turn on the heat to warm the air.
Yes turn heat on and open maxx vent. It will go but will come back very quickly.

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I bought a small dehumidifier it really does help if you are plugged in. Very humid here in Olympia. I hate that clammy feeling and damp smell. Also use Dri-Z-Airs.
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I thought turning on my heat would dry out the air but it didn't. It might have worked if i had opened a vent too. So i bought the dehumidifier.
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:23 PM   #8
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I have used these types of units for well over 30 years in boats and trailers to keep humidity related issues at bay. I have never had an issue with humidity.

The "tomato juice can" one was the first type I used and it probably is all that's needed. Later, in a boat, I went to the taller chimney design and added a flexible dryer vent up to just underneath a slightly open hatch.

My theory is that the chimney creates a thermal current that is enough to circulate and dry the cold moisture filled air. I don't look at these as heaters but as low key circulators. I leave the tall one on 24/7 through the winter in my Escape.

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Old 01-29-2015, 03:43 PM   #9
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Ron,
What watt light bulb are running in your taller unit ? I am going to guess a 60 watt bulb.
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Some posts I've read on this topic previously have noted that the heaters don't dry the air, they just enable it to hold more moisture before it condenses. I believe they're correct. I've opened all the cupboard doors, put out a single Dri-Z, and plugged in a small fan on a timer that comes on once a day. All the vents are closed, so theoretically I should have less moisture inside the trailer than outside. No point in using a dehumidifying device if the vents are open.

It used to be common practice to vent the crawlspaces under homes as well but that generally just introduces more moisture into the space; unless of course you live among the cacti and rattlesnakes.

Current wisdom is to seal up the space AND manipulate the trapped environment
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