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Using a White Noise Generator to Reduce Humidity


Nope.  Today is not the first of April.  Nor is this one of those special April Fools’ Day articles I write at random times.  This one’s real.  A white noise generator has now been used in at least one home to reduce indoor humidity.  And no, this isn’t an amazing scientific breakthrough either.

This is the story of Blue, a nice family dog with a bit of anxiety.  When a thunderstorm rolls in, as it does frequently this time of year in Atlanta, he freaks out.  The only thing that has calmed him down is being in the bathroom with the noisy exhaust fan running. 

Blue and his family live in an older house that’s got a fair amount of air leakage, despite the attic having been encapsulated with spray foam insulation.  So when that bathroom fan runs, it not only soothes Blue but it brings in outdoor humidity. 

So I suggested to Blue’s family that they get a white noise generator to use instead of the bath fan.

And it works!  The photo above shows Blue calmly ensconced in his bathroom safe place with the white noise generator drowing out the thunder…or at least making it seem less menacing.

They monitor humidity in the house and have seen the spikes from using the bath fan to calm Blue down.  The white noise generator is fairly new but the evidence so far suggests that they’ve succeeded in keeping the humidity in their home lower.  That means less chance of mold and more comfortable indoor air.

Now, if you want to read something really fantastical, check out the Turbo Thermo-Encabulator Max.


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  1. I don’t know what they paid
    I don’t know what they paid for the white noise generator, but it might have been cheaper to just buy another cheap bathroom exhaust fan, put a cord on it, and lay it on the floor. The dog might even enjoy the air movement.

    Or you could get rid of the dog . . . .

  2. Thank you for sharing another
    Thank you for sharing another tale of unintended consequences (air-leakage and humidity) and a simple solution using a holistic approach. Too often we struggle to develop solutions like this, and this particular tale reminds us of how easy it can be if we just step back and look at the whole picture.

  3. Thunder shirts are great for
    Thunder shirts are great for dogs who are scared of loud noises. Our dog is wearing his around the 4th of July and during every thunderstorm. (just search for thundershirt on amazon or elsewhere)

  4. Poor fella. I had a dog which
    Poor fella. I had a dog which was scared of T-storms and the poor things will do almost anything to get away from the sound.

    Dr. Bailes to the rescue again !

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