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sanjai 05-16-2012 03:41 PM

How to control humidity
I have a cabin made out of Pole Barn. It is all finished with dry walls and cement slab as floor. Whenever I go there I noticed that humity is too high. It has also created mold issues. I am wondering what I can do to bring the humidity down and get rid of mold.

beenthere 05-16-2012 03:56 PM


REP 05-16-2012 04:04 PM
Aprilaire is a name that is recognized throughout the HVAC industry in the USA and Canada.
Parts are readily availiable and quality is something that has been part of the compasny for more than 50 years.
There are several models so check out each model and see which is right for you.
The differance between this and what places like sears sells is like the differance between a window air conditioner and central air.

Air-N-Water_EA 05-18-2012 12:01 PM

The definition of a cabin can vary greatly. Is this just a small place in the woods? Does it have running water/plumbing? If it does you might have a leak somewhere that is causing the humidity. If not then it's just possible that the environment is simply quite humid.

If you already have central air than a solution like REP's would work great.

If you don't have central air than a portable air conditioner will take some humidity out of the air but a much better bet for preventing humidity and eventual mold buildup is simply a dehumidifyer.

Keep in mind that mold growth typically starts becoming a concern in environments with a sustained humidity over 60%. In general you want to aim for about 50% humidity so it's not too dry. Your first step might be to get a hygrometer and see just where you stand.

The other big concern here is that it sounds like you leave the building unoccupied for a large portion of the time. Unfortunately most dehumidifiers require you to drain the accumulated water fairly regularly (depending entirely on how humid the environment is).

Consumer search is always a good place to start when looking for appliances, they tend to be pretty honest with reviews because they look at a lot of different sites and user reviews.

This is all assuming you have power at your cabin. If not then we're talking a whole different story.

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