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Getting Ready for the Rainy Season in South Korea: How to Manage Humidity at Home

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As South Korea's rainy season approaches, it's essential to prepare for the increased humidity that comes with it. Indoor humidity levels can soar up to 80%, creating an ideal environment for bacteria and mold, which can trigger allergies and other health issues.

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The Impact of High Humidity

Humidity can cause mold growth on walls, furniture, and clothes, particularly in small spaces with poor ventilation. This not only damages your belongings but also poses health risks. To keep your home comfortable and safe during the rainy season, follow these tips to manage humidity effectively.

6 Tips to Manage Humidity

1. Monitor Humidity Levels

Buy a temperature and humidity sensor (온습도계). Aim to maintain indoor humidity between 40-60%. Levels above this range can make your home feel hotter and more uncomfortable, and promote the growth of mold and dust mites.

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2. Use a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier (제습기) is an effective household appliance to keep humidity in check. It's especially useful in areas like dressing rooms, bathrooms, and other damp spaces.

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3. Ventilate Regularly

Open windows frequently and ventilate your home for at least 30 minutes each day. This helps to circulate air and reduce moisture levels.

4. Use Air Conditioning Wisely

Turn on the AC to lower humidity levels in the room. When turning off the AC, use the dry mode to remove moisture from the unit and prevent mold growth.

5. Use Moisture Absorbers

Place moisture absorbers (습기제거제) in closets and cabinets to protect your clothes and stored items from dampness.

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6. Natural Humidity Control

Use coal and newspapers in small spaces to help absorb excess moisture. These natural methods can be quite effective in controlling humidity.

coal in shoes to beat humidity

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By taking these proactive steps, you can keep your home dry and comfortable during South Korea's rainy season. Managing humidity not only protects your belongings but also ensures a healthier living environment for you and your family.

Cover photo source: Minh Pham (Unsplash)

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