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Wood floor and humidity

Posted by Harold Kestenholz - Hydronic Network on August 25th, 2000 11:15 PM
In reply to CALLING HAROLD, THIS MAY BE FOR YOU..... by Steve Jones on August 25th, 2000 07:51 PM [Go to top of thread]

Henry answered the point well. I can add that I was Superintendent of Building and Grounds after new construction of a large building. The new auditorium floor was a beautiful parquet. When the summer came, the floor waved and buckled terribly. The installers had to come back to redo.

If I turned the air conditioning off to save electricity, the walls sweated water and the floor changed. We had to maintain a range of about 20% relative humidity between 35 and 55 to keep stability - and it is much more comfortable.

I suggest you abandon the inexpense of the swamp cooler and use air conditioning to control the humidity. Going from a 30% winter relative humidity to a 100% summer relative summer humidity is a lot of work for wood floors and the wood furniture as well.

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