Dehumidifiers in Residential Developments
There are three primary causes of high humidity and subsequent condensation. One is the speed with which these developments are built, which doesn’t allow adequate drying time in units. Another is the generated moisture from residents’ behaviours such as cooking and drying the laundry, the other is inadequate ventilation caused by proximity to the rest of the development.
This improper balance can be improved by three methods. One is to reduce the sources of moisture, another is to increase the removal rate by ventilation or dehumidification, and the other is to enhance the level of insulation. In the case of residential buildings, it is more difficult to reduce moisture origins, related to residents’ behaviors, than to increase the removal rate. Also, the enhanced insulation level would lead to an unwelcome increase in cost. Therefore, it is easiest to control variations in relative humidity by regulating airflow and installing cost effective dehumidifiers.