How to Install a Humidity Control System

  • 5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 200-1,000
What You'll Need
Tape measure
Humidity control system

If you are concerned about the humidity levels in your home, then you should consider installing a humidity control system. These devices consist of a sensor, which calculates the humidity levels of a room, and a fan which then can be used to ventilate the room if it gets too hot. These can be very useful in areas where the temperature is regularly high, as they can cool down a room considerably. Having a humidity control system fitted to your home can be expensive, but you can install it yourself for much less, and this also means that you will be able to decide where you want to place both the humidity sensor and the fan itself.

Step 1 - Measure the Room

Before you can begin fitting your system, you will need to know where to place certain pieces of equipment. You will need to place the sensor well away from any doors or windows which could affect the sensor. You should also avoid spots such as radiators, fish tanks, and stoves, etc, as they may also trigger the sensor when you do not need it. A good place is the middle of the wall, near to the main activity of the family, but not close to any of the items described above. The fan itself should be placed at a good distance from the fan, say around a foot and a half, so that its use does not cause the sensor too cool down before the rest of the room.

Step 2 - Installing the Sensor

The sensor needs to be handled very carefully. Most modern sensors for humidity control are designed to be used with radio wave communication, so you don't have to worry about plugging it in. You will, however, need to position it carefully, so that the communication between the sensor and the fan is never interrupted. Screwing the sensor to the wall is one option, although you may also like to sit it on a fireplace, or even tape it to the back of a chair.

Step 3 - Fitting the Fan

You will now need to begin fitting the fan to the wall. Remove the cover of the fan, and place it on a convenient table. Take the fan, and place it on the wall so that it is at the same height as the sensor. Use your screwdriver to screw it to the wall. Before you reattach the cover, you will need to test the sensor. Make the area around it hotter, so that it triggers the fan. Watch the movement of the fan, and then take away the heat. The fan should stop shortly after. If all of this is working correctly, then you can replace the cover on the fan. If the fan does not work, replace the internal battery and try again, or move it to a different position. Once you are satisfied, replace the fan, and leave the sensor to do its work.