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relative indoor humidity...goal of 70%

Postby rocky raccoon » 09 Nov 2015, 17:37

I recently bought a new sensor device and realized that my home's humidity level is consistently above 80%.

There are some articles that say that there are plants that can help reduce humidity, but I don't buy it: http://www.gardenguides.com/135953-hous ... evels.html

Mildew and molds grow when relative humidity goes beyond 75 percent. Dust mites propagate faster in surroundings with high humidity levels. Some house plants can reduce humidity. A few to consider are the reed palm, peace lily, English ivy, Boston fern and tillandsia.


I do believe the part about mildew and mold growing at above 75%, though.

This article says that dust mites are greatly reduced at humidity levels under 51%. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11149998

That seems pretty unfeasible in Taiwan, so I'd be happy to keep our indoor humidity levels around 70%. At this point I just run the AC and have a dehumidifier that goes on from time to time.

What do you do to combat humidity, mildew, and dust mites in this sub-tropical climate?
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Re: relative humidity in Taipei...goal of 70%

Postby Chris » 09 Nov 2015, 18:34

I use a dehumidifier, which works very well.
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Re: relative humidity in Taipei...goal of 70%

Postby tango42 » 09 Nov 2015, 18:36

Dehumidifier in every room and dumping the water every day sometimes twice a day.
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Re: relative humidity in Taipei...goal of 70%

Postby afterspivak » 09 Nov 2015, 19:46

Ditto on using a dehumidifier. The higher end models from Japan are worth every dollar.

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Re: relative indoor humidity...goal of 70%

Postby rocky raccoon » 10 Nov 2015, 09:47

Ours is a Mitsubishi and works quite well. Do you guys sleep with the humidifiers on? The in-laws say told me it's not good for you.

I guess no one uses plants to try to reduce humidity.
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Re: relative indoor humidity...goal of 70%

Postby Chris » 10 Nov 2015, 09:58

rocky raccoon wrote:The in-laws say told me it's not good for you.

Taiwanese in-laws have all sorts of weird and wacky ideas about what's good or not good for you.

Sleeping with a dehumidifier running is harmless.
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Re: relative indoor humidity...goal of 70%

Postby Yang Gui Zi » 10 Nov 2015, 10:09

rocky raccoon wrote:Do you guys sleep with the humidifiers on?


No wonder your humidity is so high! :doh:
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Re: relative indoor humidity...goal of 70%

Postby rocky raccoon » 10 Nov 2015, 11:26

Yang Gui Zi wrote:
rocky raccoon wrote:Do you guys sleep with the DEhumidifiers on?


No wonder your humidity is so high! :doh:


You're right, it should read "dehumidifiers" in case anyone is confused.
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Re: relative indoor humidity...goal of 70%

Postby darth_guy » 10 Nov 2015, 11:49

We have a Panasonic dehumidifier that we mostly use in the bedroom. Our apartment is at the north side and it gets noticeably humid, and especially a bedroom should not be humid; mattresses already get humid from sleeping on them so during daytime we run the dehumidifier for 1-2 hours in the morning, together with a small fan to circulate the air. But we don't run it while we sleep, as the air becomes a bit too dry then. So yes we keep humidity in check for comfort, health & hygiene reasons.
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Re: relative indoor humidity...goal of 70%

Postby afterspivak » 10 Nov 2015, 14:47

One to two hours in the morning? I run my machine all day, every day.

Then again I grew up in a very dry climate so perhaps this is just what I'm used to.

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