Looking For a Gun Safe Dehumidifier
When you have a treasured gun collection that you want to protect, a logical decision is to purchase a gun safe. It doesn’t matter if the guns are rare specimens worth thousands of dollars or those with merely sentimental value, putting them in a gun safe allows you to lock your collection safely away, and many safes are even stylish enough to act as accent furniture in your home.
But there is another type of threat to your firearms that cannot be locked out using a safe, and that is moisture. Gun safe dehumidifiers are the next level of protection that you need. If you read sites offering reviews on gun safes, you will know that there two main types of gun safe dehumidifiers, so let’s explore the options.
One of the simplest and most economical choices has a name that sounds complicated, but it is actually quite easy to use. It is called a hydrosorbent gel dehumidifier, often also referred to as a rechargeable dehumidifier. This item is typically small, only 4″ to 6″ tall, and might be shaped like a box or a cylinder. It consists of a silica gel pack to absorb the relative humidity in the air, and an indicator that tells you when the silica needs to be recharged. Fortunately, recharging the silica is a easy as placing it in your oven and drying it out, at which point it is ready to use again. This type of dehumidifier is frequently seen in museums and art galleries where the indoor temperatures remain fairly constant and the relative humidity doesn’t change rapidly due to temperature fluctuations.
If you store your gun safe in a place where temperatures can be variable, such as a garage or basement, you might want to consider a different type of gun safe dehumidifier. Electric wand dehumidifiers are rods that you place at the bottom of your safe of these types of safes which circulate warmed air throughout the interior. This method does require that you plug it in, but you can maintain a constant temperature in your safe despite the conditions in the room. You can even get wand dehumidifiers that run on batteries, but you must remember to check the batteries regularly, or you could find a rusty surprise come hunting season.
Whether you choose the simple absorbent silica method or the electric wand method, installing a gun safe dehumidifier is a simple and cost-effective way to help protect your firearms from moisture and rust.