Monday, May 31, 2010

Humidity Level's Up

It’s almost summer here.  I can feel it in my bones.  It’s scorching hot now with temperatures rising to almost 40 degrees in the past week.  Last night it was 42 degrees outside. Whew!  Talk about being in an outdoor sauna.

The humidity levels in this part of the world goes up to more than 70%.  We became wary of its possible effects not just on our health, but also in our home that is why I always keep a stock of dehumidifiers of the desiccant type found in Carrefour, the largest hypermarket you can find here. this is how it looks like:

dessicant box

Because humid air can cause mold and mildew to grow, we keep a stock of these and keep them in our baby’s changing table and in our closet where all my bags are kept. A weekend ago, I took this out of the closet 3 months after I’ve placed it: 

Here’s a picture of an unopened dehumidifier and a used (and full) dehumidifier side by side:

before & after
Scary, huh?

Now that we have our little one,  I am super tempted to get ourselves a proper dehumidifier for our home.  Summer’s just nextdoor, and it would be good to arm ourselves with this just to be on the safe side.


gracita said...

naku, na-alarm naman ako. what's going to happen to my bags kung wala akong ganito sa cabinet?! and anong purpose ng humidifier in our room kung maglalagay din naman ako ng dehumidifier? kinda explain, gracie!! :)

mm said...

naku wala dn me alam sa ganito, anu ba better humidifier o dehumidifier? better ba to put sa closet yan for bags?

Gracie said...

hi gracita,
i read kasi sa n@w & sa blog ni Daphne Osena-Paez na they buy these silica gels to protect their bags from humidity. the risk is the bags may be attacked by molds due to humidity 'pag walang dehumidifier. i read kasi somewhere na when the humidity level in your place is more than 60%, you shouldn't use a humidifer. eh dito sa 'tin lagpas pa dun, di ba? we don't use a humidifier sa room, and yet tignan mo naman ang level ng moisture na meron sa cabinet namin. every 3 months na lang laging ganyan. yikes!

Gracie said...

hi mm,
i can say that based from what i saw sa dehumidifer na used na, it's really good to keep one sa closet to protect the bags. di ba nga they say you should take out the bags from the closet to air them out to prevent mold build up sa leather. at least may peace of mind ako that my bags are all ok sa closet :)