I'm convinced that perspiring due to high humidity – while nonchalantly waiting for public transport, walking from the car to the nearest air-conditioned mall, walking between office and lunch, or even taking a nice evening stroll – are common experiences for every single individual living in Singapore.
The average humidity in Singapore is 84%, ranging from over 90% in the morning to 60% in the afternoon. Because we're located snugly along the equator, surrounded by the ocean and blessed by intense sunshine, water from Singapore's surrounding seas evaporates rapidly. The moisture-laden air is carried to Singapore by sea breezes, causing the "sticky" feeling we get on our skin when our perspiration cannot evaporate into the air quickly.
We've got some handy articles to tackle mould and plaster bagworms, but how about humidity, which is the source of all these problems?
Read on to find out how to remove humidity from your homes!
How to remove humidity from your home
There are three simple ways to do so.
1. Ventilate the house
Yes, it's as simple as opening your windows and doors from all sides of the room and allowing the outside and inside air to circulate, especially on a sunny, balmy, windy day.
However, this takes some discerning on the user's part, for if the outside humidity is higher than indoors, you can introduce more humidity into your home. During rainy days, the problem would be exacerbated.
This brings us to the next point:
2. Use dehumidifying tools
Our senses may not always be accurate, but the good thing is there are tools and equipment we can utilise to help us fight humidity. The magic number for humidity comfort at home is around 45 per cent, which you can monitor using a hygrometer to keep track of the humidity inside and outside the house.
Now that you've established the house's humidity, here's how to bring the numbers down to a more agreeable comfort level.
The advantage of a desiccant or silica gel is self-explanatory – it takes away moisture from the immediate surrounding, though it's often restricted to a small area.
For the eco-warriors: you can collect a bunch of desiccant/silica gel that often comes with products, dry them in the sun or a microwave (gentle heating only), and reuse the gel in your cupboards and wardrobe! If not, there are plenty of moisture absorbers available in the market.
For larger areas, such as a room, a dehumidifier collects moisture from the air. Transfer it into a container and empty it regularly.
Greens such as Peace Lily, Spider Plant, Snake Plant, Boston Fern, Aloe Vera, Orchid, Begonias and more are known to dehumidify, improve air quality, and simultaneously provide visual relief to the eyes!
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3. Keep the aircon on "Dry" mode
Instead of your usual Cool mode, putting the aircon on Dry mode keeps the room cool by removing moisture from the air, which means it's a much more efficient way of providing comfort while you're sleeping.
Also, keeping fans and ventilators – specifically meant to remove moisture from the air – switched on will also help keep the circulation going in your room, leading to less moisture overall.
Here's to lesser humidity and more comfort!