Singapore is an extremely humid place, no doubt about it. We feel hot and sticky often, and our hair frizzes up oh-so-annoyingly sometimes. Humidity is also known to be bad for electronics, and can be mold’s best friend. But as always, there are simple ways to get around the high humidity and live comfortably. We’ve put together some suggestions on lowering humidity levels in your indoor spaces, whether it’s your home or office. Here goes!
As its name suggests, this one is a no-brainer. A dehumidifier is perfect for Singapore’s weather – it extracts excess moisture from the air continuously, so that you can maintain a consistently optimal level of humidity in your home. Tip: Use the water collected in your dehumidifier to water your plants or wash the floor outside your home. Why waste, right?
Some plants can serve as natural dehumidifiers – they get moisture from the air through their leaves. Do note that some houseplants actually increase humidity, so do check before getting your plants! Or, you may consider building your very own indoor garden – plants can help bring along additional benefits such as aesthetics, better air quality and even productivity as you work from home!
We know, it isn’t exactly the most eco-friendly solution, but sometimes, in Singapore, we might feel like we don’t really have a choice. #firstworldproblem, we know. Air-conditioning can help keep moisture at lower levels (sometimes too low, so do be conscientious about your skincare routine!). To be as gentle on the environment as you can, you can go for more energy-efficient air conditioners and systems. For example, you can go for air-conditioners with energy-efficient certifications, set the AC no higher than 24oC
Our floor decorations contribute more to humidity than we realise – they tend to retain moisture, thus silently contributing to your home’s overall moisture. Take your carpets or rugs out to sun regularly (thank goodness there’s no lack of sun in Singapore!), or make sure that your carpet is under a ceiling fan. By doing this, you’ll also be preventing the build-up of mould.
Ensure that you are constantly keeping your home well-ventilated – you can do this by keeping your windows and doors open for good airflow, and also by switching on your fans. For areas like the kitchen and toilet, you can consider installing some exhaust fans to keep the humidity levels (and smells!) at bay.
At the same time, do know that when it comes to humidity levels, a balance should be struck – that is, it’s not a case of “the lower, the better”. Humidity levels that are too low can come with downsides such as static shocks, spoilt electronics, mouldy bags, cracked paint, or dry and itchy skin. Like the saying goes, moderation is key, so don’t go overboard with the dehumidifying!