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Solutions to reducing surface condensation

Friday, February 4, 2011; 10:30 AM

To eliminate condensation on surfaces you have three choices. You can do all of them or just pick one. Each comes with a price tag.

First, you need to minimize or eliminate the source of the moisture. That's not always as easy as it seems.

Second, you can raise the temperature of the surface where the condensation forms above the dew point of the humid air. This prevents condensation from forming on the surface. This option can be very expensive as you're burning lots of fuel.

Third, you can set up a fan to blow air across the surface where the condensation is forming. This air movement will often prevent the condensation from forming because it just puts the water vapor back into the air until it can't hold any more.

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