Moisture absorbers are devices designed to trap excess moisture, prevent mould growth, prevent musty odours and limit the growth of dust mites.
Breathing in these pollutants can cause health problems while the moisture will damage your windows, walls, ceilings, etc. Using a moisture absorber is an alternative solution if you want to alleviate moisture concerns, without necessarily investing in an electric dehumidifier.
What is a moisture absorber?
The principle of a moisture absorber is that it contains chemical crystals which, when exposed to air, absorb moisture and dissolve. They often come in the form of small plastic trays with two levels. The top layer contains the crystals, while the bottom layer collects the liquid flowing out of the top. There are trays that work with mineral pebbles, tablets or tablets. These products work on the same principle as calcium chloride sachets: they melt on contact with moist air so that you can collect the water and flush it down your toilet.
Practical and economical, a moisture absorber works without batteries or electricity and is a good remedy for occasional problems of dampness caused by rain or bad weather. If you want to use it for a longer period of time, you should buy a new refill every month or so. consider purchasing a dehumidifier or a VMC depending on the configuration of your home.
Where to use a moisture absorber?
Poorly ventilated rooms such as your bathroom tend to accumulate excess moisture: the air can become heavy with moisture and accumulate on surfaces after your showers or baths. A moisture absorber is particularly suitable for this area. However, this device can be found in all rooms of the house (bedroom, garage, basement), but also in a caravan, boat or mobile home.
If your windows are regularly covered with condensation, place your moisture absorber near them. However, check the instructions for use: the manufacturer may recommend that you place the moisture absorber at least 10 cm from the wall to ensure sufficient air circulation. In any case, never store your moisture absorber next to a heat source.
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Are there any special precautions that need to be taken?
Installing a moisture absorber is relatively simple: place it in a place out of reach of children and pets and if possible in a corner, so as not to obstruct passage, and on a flat surface that is easy to clean (metal, fabrics and carpets should be avoided). The location is important, as the device must not be spilled on the floor or consumed by your child or pet: the calcium chloride contained in the crystals is a chemical product, dangerous to health.
Do moisture absorbers work?
These devices are useful for solving small humidity problems and restoring normal humidity levels, but they are not a permanent solution. They are, however, very useful when drying clothes in the winter or to ensure healthy, moisture-free air in a room such as a laundry room or cellar.
The smaller the surface area of the area to be dehumidified (e.g. a wardrobe, bathroom, cellar, wardrobe, laundry room), the greater the absorption capacity of the tray of this product will be in relation to your humidity problem.