During the warm summer months, sometimes finding a way to keep your apartment cool isn’t the only issue. Indoor humidity can intensify allergens in the air, cause rotting in building materials, and just make your apartment an overall uncomfortable place to be. While newer apartments may have a type of humidity control system, there are simple steps you can take on your own to lower humidity if you don’t have the luxury of having central air. The next time the humidity in your apartment starts getting to you, use these easy tips to remedy the situation:
Areas of your home where you use lots of water, like the bathroom, are prone to retaining moisture (that’s why your mirror fogs up after you take a hot shower). If you have a window in your bathroom, open it the next time you take a shower in order to prevent the resulting humidity from becoming trapped in your apartment. If your bathroom is equipped with some sort of fan or ventilation system, be sure to turn it on each time you hop in the shower or run hot water for a bath.
Install an Air Conditioner
If you want take care of the heat and humidity problems in one fell swoop, consider installing a window air conditioner unit. While they can be a little pricey–even the cheap ones cost around $200–if you plan on living in an apartment without air conditioning for some time, it could be a good investment. Just be prepared for your energy bill to go up as well.
Use a Dehumidifier
Another way to regulate indoor humidity is by using a dehumidifier. It’s best to use this device when the humidity in your home is more than 50 percent (anywhere between 30 and 50 percent is considered normal). Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, they don’t cool it down–so don’t confuse them with air conditioners. You can generally find portable units for sale at hardware or department stores.
To prevent humidity from becoming a problem in your apartment in the first place, you can take simple steps to reduce the amount of moisture that you allow into the air. When you are cooking or boiling water, be sure to cover the pots. Taking cooler, shorter showers in the summer can serve the dual purpose of lowering humidity in your apartment and reducing your energy bill.