Gun Safe Dehumidifiers are devices used to remove excess moisture from the air. They help in combating condensation, preventing mold growth and in reducing dampness on walls. Having your guns locked behind a layer of steel keeps away lots of hazards. Unfortunately, it also restricts the airflow around the guns, and this allows moisture in the air to attack the same guns being protected. This humid air is likely to cause corrosion, rust, and mildew to either the steel or wood parts. It’s hence important to take precautionary steps to protect the investment on guns by dealing with this humidity threat. Even though cleaning and lubrication are the first two steps of storing guns safely, one also needs to do everything one can to remove humidity from the storage space of their guns. And this is best done by use of dehumidifiers.
Types of Gun Safe Dehumidifiers
Gun Safe Dehumidifiers are categorized into two types; refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers. Refrigerant dehumidifiers are re- arranged portable air conditioning units, in which the air is first passed through or across an evaporator coil to cool it down, and then across a condenser coil to heat it up. This makes the air become both warmer and drier than before. Refrigerant dehumidifiers perform better in areas with high temperature and low humidity. They are more energy efficient because they use the energy from the refrigeration
The second category of Gun Safe dehumidifiers is the desiccant dehumidifiers. These are simple sponge-like materials which passively absorb moisture from the immediate atmosphere, thereby helping to prevent levels of humidity from rising past or above a certain point within a confined space. It serves as a good alternative for those people who do not have electric outlets near their safe for one reason or another, or do not wish to drill or make holes in their safe in order to have wires running into them.
Good quality desiccant dehumidifiers can last for over 4 months. Desiccant dehumidifiers are advantageous as they can be reused. This is achieved by simply baking the desiccant dehumidifier in an oven for few hours according to the given instructions and it is ready to be used again.
The desiccant dehumidifiers perform best in areas with very low temperatures and humidity and are therefore recommended for people with properties in areas that are mostly unoccupied or which have below average heating levels. Desiccant dehumidifiers cost more in energy to run than the refrigerant ones. This is because they use heat to dry the material from which they absorb moisture. However, desiccant dehumidifiers are lighter and quieter as they do not have the refrigeration circuit.
An important thing to note, however, is that much of the noise coming from any of the two categories of dehumidifiers is from the fan.
Reasons To Have A Dehumidifier For Your Gun Safe.
1. To prevent the gun and the safe from rusting and corrosion.
Most gun owners are almost unaware of the benefits of having a properly-installed dehumidifier within their gun safe’s interior. Purchasing a gun safe, therefore, means one has taken the first and important step in protecting their firearms from the likely harmful elements such as fire and theft. However, most gun holders do not know that their guns have a silent killer in the name of Moisture. People living in moist climates or those who have a safe kept somewhere near moist places like bathrooms in their homes run the risk of having their firearms rust out if they do not take proper precautions.
Metal is known for it’s nasty characteristic of rusting if it is exposed to moisture for a long period of time. Since a gun and the safe are made of metal in most of the parts, it’s quite certain to witness such things as paint, chippings, rusting and deformation with time if a gun safe dehumidifier is not used.
Moisture is also likely to get deep inside the crevices of a safe thereby making it rust from the inside undetectable. The rust will not only cut down or reduce on the lifespan of the gun safe but it will also give it a stale smell that over time, which will grow in intensity.
Having a dehumidifier fitted to the gun safe will also help to prevent corrosion which could corrode and destroy valuables, the gun, the safe itself, the ammo and the jewelleries or papers that may have been kept in the safe, over time.
2. To prolong the working lifespan of the safe.
Apart from keeping the safe from rusting, a dehumidifier can also increase the lifespan of the gun safe. A gun safe will only keep the gun away from theft, fire and other harmful elements if it’s kept in good condition and away from anyone, through regular maintenance.
The accessories will keep the safe in good working order and give it a longer working timespan than one would expect. There’re many products on the market that can make the safe meet the required standards by the owner, whether one needs a light inside, or an accessory to ensure moisture is kept out from the safe. Keeping the moisture from the safe remains very important. This also makes them easier to retrieve in the case of an emergency rather than placing them in an unorganized manner in the safe.
3. To avoid extra repair costs.
Having spent money on a gun and a gun safe then to spend a few extra dollars to purchase a dehumidifier should not bother a person. This is because, one is now sure that all their valuables are well protected. One should consider spending a few dollars on a gun safe dehumidifier so as to prevent incurring extra costs in repairing a damaged safe or gun due to rusting and corrosion as a result of moisture. This, in the long run, will translate to saving extra dollars.