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  • Naomi Stephens | Permaculture Designer

Dehumidifying Options for Aquaponics Kits | Systems

Updated: Mar 6


dehumidifer for aquaponics

Aquaponic systems can raise the humidity in your home because they're essentially a large bowl of water that emits vapor.


I do not have any problem with humidity.


However, there are certain situations where humidity may be a problem.


Too much humidity can damage the integrity of buildings. Mold and mildew could also arise, which can cause health problems.


It's, therefore, essential to address this issue, and I strongly advise you to at least get a humidity tester if you have a fish tank or aquaponics system.


This article also looks at signs of humidity problems and solutions.



dehumdifier tester

What is Ideal humidity?


Energy Star suggests humidity should be 30-50%


If you're unsure about your humidity percentage and would like to check, get a humidity tester.





Where humidity will not be a problem


If you live in a dry climate, the air from outside will balance the equation for you.


You may also have cooling/dehumidifying equipment that takes care of humidity.




Where humidity may be a problem


If you live in a naturally humid climate, like a hot country, or have a hot spell increasing the natural humidity, humidity may become a problem.


If this is the case, buying a humidifier and, quite possibly, a humidity tester to ensure the humidity stays at least less than 50% is best.



How to prevent humidity arising from aquaponics


Natural measures for humidity include:

  • rock salt - place this in a bucket to pull the moisture from the air

  • baking soda - place in a large container close to the aquaponics system to naturally pull humidity from the air

Other remedies for a humidifier

  • Electric Humidifiers

  • Disposable humidifier packs


Disposable humidifier packs:

Dehumidifier disposable packs




Electric Dehumidifiers:

Dehumidifyer



Signs of humidity

  • Condensation might appear on windows or mirrors.

  • Moisture will be on the walls and surfaces.

  • Look for peeling paint or notice creaking floorboards

  • Check for scents; mildew has a moldy or smoky smell

  • Check for any dark spots or dark green discoloration on your surfaces.


Remedies for humidity

  • Spray the mold or mildew with tea tree oil or grapeseed oil

  • Open the windows more often for natural ventilation

  • Turn your AC on auto mode to keep it running for ventilation

  • Install air ventilation if you don't have any.



Finally, you mustn't skip this step, as it is best to take preventative measures to tackle mold and mildew in your home.


I hope you found this helpful, please subscribe for more resources.


 

Sources

https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/seal_insulate/identify_problems_you_want_fix

https://homeclimates.com/blog/tips-controlling-homes-humidity


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