Controlling moisture in your room

For those of us from the South, humidity is often a four letter word. It makes us sticky, uncomfortable, and is a recipe for a "bad hair day." Humidity –although bad for the hair – actually serves a purpose. Air that is too dry can cause nose bleeds, cracked skin, and breathing problems. Our goal at University Housing is to provide a comfortable living environment that balances moisture, but sometimes students complain of rooms being "muggy" or "damp". If your room feels like a steamy August day – then try these tips to balance the moisture:

  • Determine an agreeable temperature with your roommate. Often, roommates have very different impressions of how cold or warm their room needs to be. Discussing your preferences early and often will help you manage the temperature more effectively, and in the end, lead to fewer issues with moisture.
  • Keep your doors and windows shut. The air conditioning unit in your room is meant to cool your room – not the hallways, bathrooms, and lounges on your floor. By leaving your door open, you let humid air into the room which makes it hard for your AC to regulate the moisture. Keeping your door closed is the most important thing you can do to help keep the humidity level comfortable!
  • Keep your AC fans on low/medium at all times. The air conditioner acts as a dehumidifier and takes moisture out of the air. The longer the AC runs, the more moisture is pulled out of the air, lowering the humidity level. Your AC will run longer if it runs constantly on low/medium.
  • Avoid temperature extremes. We usually suggest setting the AC between 72 and 74 degrees for ideal moisture and temperature control.
  • Check around windows and doors and be sure no air is seeping in from the outside. If you do have cracks or holes, report these by putting in a work order request. Preventing moisture from getting into your room will help control humidity.

If you've tried these tips and your room is still feeling like a wet rag, contact your RA and/or PUT IN A WORK ORDER REQUEST. We can’t help if we don’t know about the problem. If you have more questions about humidity issues in your room, contact your Residence Director or Assistant Director.