Protecting Your Gear from the Greatest Enemy: Moisture

Gaming can be a major investment, as someone who has collected consoles from as early as the Atari 2600, I can attest to this. The consoles aren’t cheap, the games aren’t cheap and, if you’re a PC gamer, computers certainly aren’t cheap.

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It’s a given that water is bad for electronics. It can cause components on motherboards to oxidize, it can cause shorts which have the potential for irreparable damage, and it’s just all around not very good. And if you, like me, also enjoy collecting various paper gaming memorabilia like magazines and manuals, it should be pretty apparent that moisture is no good.

Considering this, it’s more than likely you’re doing your best to keep any sort of liquids away from your prized possessions. But what are you doing to keep moisture in the air away from your collection? Probably nothing.

Admittedly, this isn’t an issue for certain parts of the year, but right now is the time to consider perhaps looking into a dehumidifier. With spring rains coming and winter snows melting, not to mention the added humidity of the summer, there is plenty of reason to consider a device which can pull some of that harmful moisture out of the air and get it away from your devices.

Deciding on the right sort of dehumidifier doesn’t have to be difficult. You’ll need to consider a few things, namely temperature and room size. If your area is consistently below 65 degrees, you’re going to need some special equipment, for instance. With a standard dehumidifier, water has the potential to freeze upon hitting the coils in environments below 65 degrees.

Room size is also a big deal because you’re going to want to make sure the dehumidifier you purchase is going to have the capacity to handle whatever size your gameroom is. There is a tool one can purchase called a hygrometer which will help you determine what you’re looking for.

If you find your relative humidity is nearing 60 percent, it’s time to start considering a dehumidifier. After 60 percent, corrosion begins to progress quite quickly. In places like Japan, where humidity is near 70 percent, dehumidifiers are quite common in order to keep electronics lasting as long as possible. The same can be said for many coastal areas of our country, as well as places which see heavy amounts of rainfall and other types of precipitation.

There are quite a few different humidifiers on the market, some portable and others needing installation. I would highly suggest looking at reviews of some small dehumidifiers in order to see what is going to suit your specific situation. Remember, though, before you make your purchase, be sure to figure out the numbers.

Much like gaming equipment and memorabilia, a dehumidifier is an investment, though perhaps a less fun one. Still, it is very important if you want to make sure your fun lasts for many years to come, and especially if it’s something you’ll want to offload in decent condition in a few years.

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