Using air quality to prevent book damage

Through the years, I have put together a totally huge collection of rare publications. I buy books whenever my partner and i travel, and search for unheard of editions at antique sales. Many of the volumes I’ve stumbled upon have been fairly valuable. These rare editions frequently have leather bindings and antique vellum sites, and are extremely delicate. Although I love having them on display for everyone to admire, I want to protect them from damage. Too much moisture can be a major issue. Humidity degrades the wash rag and bindings, and can quickly lead to mold growth. Since I live where we constantly experience hot, humid weather for the entire year, air conditioning is required. While the air conditioner manages a low indoor air temperature, it was not manufactured to handle excess moisture. Simply lowering the thermostat setting makes the air cooler but does not set humidity levels in the right place. I have therefore dedicated to a dehumidifier that works in tandem along with the air conditioner. The dehumidifier maintains ideal air wetness levels by extracting moisture. This not only protects the condition of my book collection but allows me to reduce my thermostat usage without sacrificing comfort. Lessening the workload on my AC saves money on this monthly energy bills and reduces the possibility of malfunction or failure. The dehumidifier operates silently, requires little maintenance, and creates a far more healthful enjoyable indoor environment. Since the likes of dust mites and centipedes flourish in hot and humid environments, having the air conditioner and dehumidifier together gives me reassurance.

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