A moisture absorber (or “desiccant”) protects you against excess moisture and with a moisture absorber you protect valuables.
A moisture absorber should remove excess moisture if it is good.
At least that’s what they’re for.
It depends on what room you are doing this for.
I myself have the idea when you use something like this that you bring more moisture into the house.
Where a moisture absorber might be suitable in a caravan.
After all, this is a small space that contains a lot of moisture.
We talk about the water vapor per m3.
This is also known as relative humidity.
Also read the article humidity.
Or in a closet it might be effective.
I can imagine you have valuables there.
Of course there are also other means to extract moisture from the air.
A bowl of salt will also help.
Salt also absorbs water.
Moisture absorber is an alternative to cellars.
I can imagine that you have a basement where you have no ventilation at all that you put a moisture eater there.
After all, you don’t have a choice.
That is also a place where you store the valuables, but moisture is also present.
But in general I think there is only 1 solution. And that is ventilation.
If you regularly bring fresh air into your rooms, you will not have any problems.
Insulation is also good, but ventilation is just as important.
Make sure you always have some windows open both upstairs and downstairs.
You don’t have to worry about extra heating costs.
They just go down.
I have all my radiators open downstairs and none on the 2nd floor, except for the bathroom.
The heat pulls upwards and when you get fresh air, your humidity is at the right level.
And another advantage that comes with it: your heating costs are reduced.
If you have a room where there are no windows that can be opened, you can always purchase mechanical ventilation from the mains.
That is why my opinion is that a moisture absorber is unnecessary.
It contains a chemical that removes some moisture from the air, that’s all.
Again for a cellar and a caravan a moisture absorber can be useful.
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