Both your health and your property can be harmed by excess moisture in your garage. When indoor humidity is high, it can cause mildew and mold growth and create a breeding environment for mites. It can also trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. There are steps you can take for reducing the humidity in your garage.
You can keep condensation down in the colder months with an electric heater. Propane heaters should be avoided since they create water vapor. Fans are good for the hotter months.
You will find a number of dehumidifiers available on the market. Two of the common ones include:
Desiccant dehumidifiers are used in the cold season. They work better with lower room temperatures which make them perfect for garages. They have a rotor that absorbs and extracts water instead of the water being condensed on cold coils like the refrigerant dehumidifiers.
Refrigerant dehumidifiers work well in warm places and function similar to an air conditioner. They work by sucking in air moisture and then refrigerate the air into a liquid form collecting it into the unit or letting it out through a pipe. This is how it staves off moisture and mold effectively.
Redirect Exhaust Vents
If you are noticing a lot of moisture in your garage, it could be your dryer vent is directing its exhaust through your garage. Exhaust systems and fans should be venting outside, however, some builders could have them exhausting into the garage to cut expenses. If this is the problem, simply move your dryer exhaust vent to the outside which will significantly cut back on your garage humidity.
An easy and cost-effective way to reduce your garage humidity is to increase the ventilation. You can open up doors and windows in your garage whenever possible which will help eliminate some of the moisture.
Turning on a garage exhaust fan is a better idea. You should have one installed if you don’t already have one. These really help well to eliminate humidity in your garage, but they also work great in cleaning up the air as well. Chances are you store your gases and chemicals in your garage and the fumes can easily seep into your home if you don’t properly ventilate your garage.
Following these recommendations will keep your garage and personal belongings protected from long-term, negative effects of humidity.
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