I rent a small workshop and storage area on a farm close to where I live. It’s ideal for my needs but one of the problems I often face at this time of the year is condensation and damp in the room.
The room is heated to some degree with a small heater but during the autumn and winter months the heater has a tough job trying to keep the room warm. Many a night and weekend are spent wrapped up in many layers of jumpers and coats!
I use the room as a workshop for my car & plane projects and also storage (read dumping ground) for my flying memorabilia (read junk). The concern I recently have was that this room was becoming very damp and some boxes of parts where becoming damp themselves. After reading this article I quickly decided that the damp needed fixing as I don’t want anything damaged but I also don’t have the time at the moment to go and look for alternative storage (and the storage I have is very cheap).
So what did I do? Well the obvious was to leave the heater on longer but I did not really see this addressing the problem and it was costing money. I know you can hire industrial type heaters to dry out rooms but I needed more of a permanent fix.
While searching for how to prevent condensation and damp I came across a good site site (Best Dehumidifier Guide), which provided some good information on dehumidifiers and their uses. Buying a dehumidifier seemed like a good idea to me but the price was putting me off; most models cost £100 plus. So I went for the next best thing and managed to purchase a cheap dehumidifier on eBay similar to this DeLonghi model here.
End result. Well after a few days the damp is already starting to clear in the room and the dehumidifier has not broken down yet! So a good result overall.