How To Reduce Humidity In A Room Without Using A Dehumidifier
High humidity in a room or the house is never a good thing and that is a lesson that I learned the hard way a few years ago. High humidity makes it next to impossible to spend long periods of time comfortably in such a room.
The evaporation of the sweat that your body produces either decreases enormously or ceases altogether and you end up feeling hotter because the sweat doesn’t vaporise fast enough to cool down your body temperature.
But that’s not all:
A humid environment (your room or house in this case) becomes the breeding ground for mould and mildew. This unwanted growth of fungi can damage your walls, furniture and sometimes, even the electrical equipment that may be present in the room.
Rusting can also speed up when there is more water vapour in the air as the oxidizing process speeds up.
How to reduce humidity in a room is the question that needs to be answered in such a scenario but before you jump to your feet and start looking for expensive dehumidifiers (you don’t actually need one!), you need to be sure that the room or the house is actually a humid environment.
The tell-tale signs are, of course, fungus growth but you should also be on the lookout for cracked walls. You might not be able to see it directly but peeled-off paint of wallpaper is a good indicator.
If you want to be really sure then you can buy a hygrometer. This device can measure the humidity levels and comes in digital and analogue flavours so you can choose what you want.
Once you have made sure that the humidity level is actually unbearable in your room, you need to take care of it. And the best thing is that you can do it yourself without have to buy an expensive dehumidifier.
These Are The Things That You Will Need:
High humidity is caused by more water vapour in the air and removing that is the only way to make the humidity level bearable. You can also try keeping the air circulation going but that might fail in the scenario where the humidity level of your residential area is high. You are better of tackling the problem head on. So, what are you going to need to accomplish that? Here’s the list:
The shape and the size of the buckets can vary but they should be big enough to hold a reasonable amount of desiccant that you end up using. A plastic tub can also be used if you feel like a bucket would look out of place in the room that you want to dehumidify. The exact number of the buckets needed will vary depending, primarily, on the volume of the room.
A hand drill will be used to drill holes in the bucket or the tub. You should have one in your home and if you don’t, you can borrow one from a friend. Desiccants are such materials that are capable of absorbing moisture. Remember the small pillow filled with little pellets in some of the medicine bottles? That is a commonly used desiccant. Desiccants ability to suck moisture and keep the air dry is nothing short of magical.
You can use rock salt, calcium chloride and even silica based kitty litter. All these materials are really good at absorbing moisture. Using charcoal is also an option with the added benefit of removing foul odours at the same time. There are also other, commercial desiccants available that you can use.
Choosing the right desiccant comes down to two things: how much you are willing to spend on it and which material is easily available. The performance of one material may be a little better than the other but if it’s a lot more expensive than there’s no need to use it. Quantity, in this case, might just be better than quality.
What you need to do:
Step 1: Determine The Best Places Where You Want To Put The Buckets
This might seem unimportant but make no mistake, it is one of the most important steps of the whole process. The placement of the buckets or the tubs is important because the desiccant will suck the water out of the air and this water needs to go somewhere (more on this later). That’s why you need to choose carefully the points where you want to place the buckets.
Another thing that you might want to consider is that the buckets shouldn’t be placed in open view as it will just ruin the overall look of the room. The best place to put the buckets is in the corners as they will not only be out of the way but they will be partially hidden from view too. You can also tuck the bucket away in a closet if there’s one in the room.
Step 2: Prepare The Buckets
Now you need to make the buckets ready. You will need two buckets for each place i.e. if you want to place 4 buckets in the room, you are going to need 8 buckets. Why? One of them will hold the desiccant while the other will collect the water that desiccant draws out of the air.
You can also use another container instead of the second bucket but you will need to make sure two things: it is big and strong enough to hold and support the bucket and it has enough volume to store the water that’s collected over a week or so.
Once you have chosen your assembly (bucket within a bucket or bucket within another container) you need to drill holes in the bucket. These holes are needed for the water to trickle into the container below.
This part is a little tricky as the holes should just be the right size; if they are too big then the desiccant will fall through and if they are too small then the water won’t escape at an appropriate speed. ¼ inch holes should do the trick. Drill at least 6 to 8 holes in each bucket around the circumference at the bottom.
Once the holes have been drilled, place the bucket inside the container. If you want to, you can place a small piece of wood to lift the bucket up a bit. Make sure that it has enough surface are to support the weight of the bucket and the desiccant in it without damaging either of the containers.
Step 3: Fill Up The Bucket With The Desiccant Of Your Choice
The next step is to fill the bucket with the desiccant that you have bought. It doesn’t matter which material you use because you will see good results with each one. Make sure that there is at least 5 pound of desiccant in each bucket.
If the room is spacious or the humidity level is extremely high then you can increase this amount. You should always increase the amount of the desiccant first before increasing the number of buckets.
Step 4: Wait For The Water To Collect
Once you have put the buckets where you want them, you will have to wait a few days. During this time, the excessive water vapour will be absorbed by the desiccant and deposited in the bucket as liquid water.
Once the container has been filled, you can use the collected water to water your plants or for a similar purpose. Empty the container regularly and make also make sure that the quantity of desiccant is sufficient.
Step 5: Monitor The System
Once you have implemented your own DIY humidifier system, you need to monitor it. What you need to ascertain is that the humidity level in the room is exactly where you want it.
If the room still feels too humid then add more desiccant in the buckets or better yet, add a whole new bucket.
If the air becomes too dry then you will need to remove one of the buckets from the room. It will take a few tries but you will get it right in the end.
That’s the easy procedure of dehumidifying your room without having to spend a lot of money and wasting your time installing it. The best part about this whole arrangement is that you can change it whenever you want.
So, there you have it. A DIY guide to making your room more comfortable. Is there anything that I missed or overlooked? Is there a better way to accomplish one of the steps? Or is there an overall better solution that you have in mind? Share your valuable thoughts in the comments below so the community can benefit from it.
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