Episode 52: Technology Bytes. . .Air Drier

This is Technology Bytes, episode 52 for March 3rd, 2024.

Technology Bytes is a microcast where I share brief bites on interesting technology.

My name is Joel, enjoy, and here we go.

This week, I’m talking about air dryers.

I don’t know if that’s really technology, I don’t know.

Everything has technology.

The particular dryer in my house at the moment actually has a digital screen that shows the humidity and the temperature of the air and what it’s removing.

And so here’s what I know.

Our toilet leaked, and it’s an upstairs bathroom, and so our, it came through the wall, ceiling, whatever, and made things quite wet.

My wife caught it early, so that’s good, but part of the process of restoration is drying, because if things aren’t dry, you get mold.

And if you get mold, things can get really nasty and expensive.

And so they have put these air dryers in our house, and we cannot hear.

We can’t hear anyway because we’re old, but now we really can’t hear, because they are loud and obnoxious and hot.

But they seem to be doing the job of drying.

And the settings on the units are fairly simple, in that you set temperature of the outgoing air that you want to blow into the affected area, and then it pulls whatever air it can around it, and then tries to take the moisture out of that, and then pushes a very dry, hot air into the contained space that needs to be dried out and do it for as long as it takes.

And it’s taking a long time.

So I don’t know about the technology in it and how much it’s changed over time, but my guess is that technology affects this process as well.

You look at how do you draw moisture out of the air so that you can blow dry, hot air into a place that needs to be not wet.

And that technology changes with time, and so it becomes more efficient, it becomes more effective.

And what used to take a week, it looks like may take just a few days.

I know it depends on the amount of moisture in the area that you’re trying to clean out as well, but it is pretty amazing that this is what we’ve come to.

I mean, in before times, you might even have just had to wait until it was dry and keep testing, keep testing.

And who knows how long that would take.

But I’m sure happy that there is some technology that helps when things go awry to do things as simple as drying out a space so that I can put my world back together.

Well, a fairly short episode for today, but it’s overwhelmingly engulfed everything that I’ve done this week and my wife’s time as well.

And so I don’t have much else to report on.

No Apple Vision Pro, no new technology that I’ve purchased from Apple or anything like that.

So we’ll just deal with that and talk about it next week, whatever comes up.

But that is all I have for today.

If you have comments or suggestions or questions, you can send them to technologybytesatmerigfamily.com.

I want to thank you for listening to the Technology Bytes microcast, and I look forward to next time we are together taking another bite of technology.

Joel Mearig @technologybytes