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Dehumidify

Is there any way to dehumidify without a dehumidifier? I know there are many easy ways to increase humidity, but I've never heard of anything to decrease it.

Dorm room + 80 some degree Michigan heat + summer storms = air so thick you could eat it with a spoon and damp sheets. Yuck.

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lady_bird
Jun. 13th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
An air conditioner will also dehumidify, but I'm guessing that's not the answer you're after.
kmm0630
Jun. 13th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
I wish that was an option :(
lady_bird
Jun. 13th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
And a dehumidifer isn't either?
kmm0630
Jun. 13th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
It could be, but they're expensive.
lady_bird
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yes - that they are.
You could try your local freecycle group or thrift store though, you may have some luck there.
evil_erato
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
You'd probably need a metric ton of it, but setting out plates of uncooked rice used to help dehumidify a walk-in closet sized space that I used to work in. They also have products like Damp-Rid at hardware stores, etc, but that can get pricey. Good luck!
kmm0630
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
That might be a solution for my bathroom at least, if not the rest of my space. (Although my dorm room might not be much bigger than some walk in closets lol) Did you have to change them often?
evil_erato
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
I changed them whenever it started to feel icky again. I was poking around online, and you might try this. Looks pretty cool, and it is basically what Damp-Rid does.
meaning_making
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Being a Michigander myself, I'd really recommend a dehumidifier. Def. check out craigslist/freecycle/garage sales for deals. But even if you have to spend a few bucks, it's really worth it in the long haul. What about a fan in the window?
kmm0630
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
I've been keeping my eye out on craigslist, but as I mentioned I'm currently in a dorm. We have restrictions on how much energy we can use in the rooms. I have a feeling that the fridge, microwave, everything else I have plugged in AND dehumidifier (which can be a pretty hefty appliance) would overload the capacity for my room.

And, oh yeah, you can bet I've got a fan in the window lol
roadriverrail
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
If you're circulating in more humid air from outside, then there's really no homemade dehumidifying solution that'll work. Dehumidification based on absorbtion, which is what rice or Damp Rid do, won't be able to cope with the constant influx of humidity.

If you want the air dry, the first step is to stop pumping in more humid air. You need to close off the window and your doors and engage in some system of dehumidification.

And I don't think rice or Damp Rid will work quickly enough. If you could cool the air quite a bit, then the humidity would condense out. Plastic-sealed ice packs would work, but I still question how much success this will give you.
wretched_snail
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
I used to have a dehumidifier when I lived at my mom's (I was in the basement), and just so you know, it gave off a LOT of heat and used a lot of energy. I mean mine was old- I think my grandfather got it at the dump- so newer models might be better.

Then again it was worth it. But I accidentally broke it and the next summer my room was unbearably damp and mildewy so I moved out.
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norokrex
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
that is 9000 kinds of amazing.
thesynergizer
Jun. 13th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
WOW!!!! how awesome is that?
nacho_cheese
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
I used to use a window unit that would pump hot air out of the room. As a Floridian, it came in really handy during the summer months when I was on the third floor of a 3-story apartment complex and some BRUTAL humidity factors. It was one of those fans that you shove into the window, a very compact unit, and I'd set it to reverse to take the hot and sticky air out.

And it was cheap! I think I got mine for $15. :)
blueyz72
Jun. 13th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Love the icon :)
shortsweetcynic
Jun. 14th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
no suggestions...just wanted to tell you i feel your pain.

i spent a summer in michigan back in '99 and, having grown up in colorado, had never experienced humidity like that. it was soul-crushing. :)

now i've been living in florida for five years, and feel fairly certain i STILL haven't experienced humidity like that. :)

good luck. i hope you find something that works for you.
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