I recently moved into a new apartment. I notice that my new apartment is extremely humid compared to my previous apartments in hong kong. It has already destroyed my leather jacket and a few shoes and stuff. ( I have many of those small dehumidifier small packages i have kept inside my shoe racks, clothes cabinets, windows etc.. everywhere, but they don't seem to help much.)
I bought a new 16L dehumidifier to tackle this problem at home. But I have a concern. I live alone and work 12 hrs a day, I spend most of my time in the office.
Do you guys keep the dehumidifier on whole day to address humidity issue or do you turn it on only when you get back home? If it's not working during the day (when you are away), then it doesn't really solve the problem of items getting destroyed.
I am asking this question, because there was a big fire at one of my friends apartment a few months ago. It was a big fire and it destroyed all his stuff. The fire had started because of dehumidifier. It concerns me to keep the dehumidifier on for long time.
Other option is to keep Air conditioner on whole day. I just feel uneasy to keep air conditioner on whole day while I am away. Just waste or electricity? I am not sure if Air con will use more electricity than dehumidifier or is it better to use dehumidifier. I could keep one in living room and one in bedroom on at all times.
Could you suggest your experiences or life hacks to handle this humidity issue?