S/O: Cabinets and humidity

eleenaOctober 3, 2012

Just saw on another recent trend that their cabinets were designed for 35% humidity. Seriously?

While I *can* (theoretically) go to each manufacturer's website to check their specs, it is not very feasible time-wise.

IF you know what the requirement for your cabs was, could you post, PLEASE?

We do have heat in colder months and AC in summer and one of them is always on as we don't have those nice New England or California days when it is warm enough to turn off the heater but not hot to require an AC. :-( :-)

However, the humidity is often 50% in summer. I don't want to have AC any higher (i.e., colder) to lower the humidity as it would be too cold.

What should/could I do?

BTW, I have been thinking of non-wood sink and oven cabinets for a long time.

I definitely don't want particle boards, though I know there is such thing as marine particle board.

Is there anything else, except for stainless steel?


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20-40% relative humidity should be strived for in your home's environment for your own comfort as well as the stability of your wood. Yes, cabinets spec that, as does wood flooring. If your AC doesn't provide that in summer, then it is either oversized, running at the wrong speed, or you live in a temperate climate where the use of a dehumidifier would be more appropriate.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 6:43PM
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For their furniture collections museums strive to keep the humidity steady in all seasons. The biggest damage to wood is caused by wide fluctuations in humidity. I would think if you could keep the same humidity year round you should be okay even if the humidity in your home is higher than 20-40%.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 7:08PM
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Got home and checked. It turns out that 50% was too optimistic. It is actually 65% right now.

AC was serviced not so long ago.

I live in the SE, it is very humid here. I don't think 65% is unusual (but I really hate it being so humid as I grew up in a dry climate).

Who should I check with if this is normal?

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 10:24PM
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We too live in the humid south and run a dehumidifier all the time. It pumps a LOT of water out of our air - several gallons a day. I don't know if you would want to run a separate dehumidifier but for LA (Lower Alabama) we find it really helpful.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 10:57PM
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In Fl where I live humidity ranges between about 30% on the driest day in the winter to well over 90% in the worst part of the summer. 96% humidity isn't unusual here.

Check wunderground for the stats for your area if you don't know.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 11:51PM
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Oh, I meant humidity in the house.

The outside humidity is out of control all summer long, cannot breathe!

I have never thought of a dehumidifier. Thanks for the tip!

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 12:22AM
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