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What humidity should I set my dehumidifier to?

PostPost by: The Cyclist » Wed Feb 15, 2023 10:57 pm

Dear Lotus Enthusiasts,

I treated myself to a dehumidifier this winter - an absorbent rather than a refrigeration type. But, of course, how often it is running depends on the target humidity I set. Currently 60%. Is that low enough?

The previous refrigerant one was clearly ineffective in the cold and ran a lot to little purpose, so I would like to use this one efficiently to try & recoup the expense.

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PostPost by: oldelanman » Thu Feb 16, 2023 8:06 am

Some tips for winter storage in this article from Hagerty ......
https://www.hagerty.co.uk/articles/top- ... er-winter/

Including this paragraph on humidity....

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PostPost by: USA64 » Thu Feb 16, 2023 5:03 pm

The article is misleading in that by "setting it high" they meant a lower relative humidity. 40% will kill dust mites so I'd put it there. 40% is also about as high as it gets in Death Valley which goes below 20% in summer just for perspective. :shock:
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PostPost by: elansprint » Thu Feb 16, 2023 9:12 pm

Suppose it depends on what part of the world you are in and how well your garage is sealed in UK I would stick with 55-60% RH if you try to go too low it will be running all the while and may not get to target if sealing is poor. Clean a bit of sheet steel with wire wool leave it in there see if rust forms on it
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PostPost by: The Cyclist » Fri Feb 17, 2023 6:54 pm

Thank you everyone for your comments, I think the view settles to being a smidge less than I have now - 55%.
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