Asked on Aug 15, 2017

Sunroom odors

by Deb
I have a sunroom with no air circulation other that a ceiling fan. If I open windows, it gets damp and mildew everywhere.. If I close windows it gets a musty smell.. Any solutions?

  9 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 15, 2017

    use a dehumidifier and buckets of Damp rid

  • Wow, what a dilema. I would say get a dehumidifier, but the thing would probably burn out in no time. How about cracking the windows a tiny bit and adding some floor fans for additional air circulation?

  • Laura Hamm Laura Hamm on Aug 15, 2017

    Try a dehumidifier.

  • Sb828363908 Sb828363908 on Aug 15, 2017

    What about running a dehumidifier.

  • Toolpro Toolpro on Aug 15, 2017

    Wipe everything down with vinegar water in a spray bottle. It is 80% humidity here AGAIN today.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 15, 2017

    If you have a carpet or rug, try to take it outside to shampoo it with a waterhose and liquid detergeant. Prop things under it like sawhorses or big flower pots so you can rinse it well. Let it dry in the sun, then shampoo from the other side.

    If you are getting mildew when the windows are closed, then the moisture is on the house side. Is the sunroom open to the air conditioned house? As others have said, set up fans to distribute the air better, and maybe a dehumidifier, too.

    In the meantime clean the sunroom from ceiling to the bare floors and all walls and doors. In the process of cleaning, you may discover a water leak where the room meets the house at the roofline or where the cement on the floor meets the house.

    Maybe when you open the windows it is at dawn or dusk, when the air is cooling. What you may need is sunlight in the middle of the day to dry things up.

    I really hope you find a solution. Best wishes 😇

  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 15, 2017

    Hello Deb; I have several ideas that may work for you.

    I to have a similar issue at a Lake Home that I own.

    I place fresh pieces of Charcoal in small open boxes on the floor, out of the way.

    I also use Baking soda. I open a couple of boxes and place them behind furniture.

    I also have three stick fans that I run constantly, as well as the ceiling fan.

    I use damp rid.

    I have found that it is helpful to air out the rooms, when I am there. I do this when it is a very windy day.

    I keep the windows open and I use either white vinegar or else clear rubbing alcohol on anything that has mildew.

    It takes a lot of work, but it can be done!

    I hope that this is helpful to you!!! Take Care!

  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 15, 2017

    If its so humid, I would also get some of those window fans to exhaust the room by reversing them in the windows. I've used these to cool down rooms, if you put one fan on exhaust and one on intake you can get that air moving. You definitely want the ones that have the reverse intake and exhaust option...

  • Charlesetta Charlesetta on Nov 02, 2018

    Get yourself a mini dehumidifier they work like a champ. the reviews before purchase.