It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity
Apartments are relatively small in NYC (unless you are a trust fund baby) so you have to buy accordingly. You can’t buy just anything you want. Appliances, for example, have to be on the modest size. No need to squeeze jumbo anything into a cramped space. You start bumping into objects strewn here and there in the middle of the night. A cooling fan is one item I need during the long, hot summers, but I resort to the least conspicuous of the hardware store lot. As for kitchen stuff, well my fridge is “apartment size” as is the stove, and the regular appliances such as the coffeemaker, toaster, and mixer have to somehow make themselves fit in on their own. There is a big battle going on for territory in this city.
It is all about organization when you reside in Manhattan, and also sorting through junk to let most of it go. Otherwise you better rent an exterior storage locker. You can’t store much in an affordable apartment, even if it is a one bedroom. Closets get full fast and are mainly for clothes. If you have a roommate as I do, well the whole scenario changes. Sharing space makes you very frugal.
Another appliance that should be on the smaller end of the size range is my small dehumidifier. Here is a handy machine that will help get you through the dog days of summer. In August, for example, it’s not just the heat after all. Moisture in the air makes inhalation labored and thus renders even the most athletic person a bit tired. It feels like breathing hurts. This state of affairs goes on into September, well after the start of the school year. You want to make your life as comfortable as possible with this handy device. You learn that you can’t live without one.
I know what some blog readers are thinking. Just turn on the AC, stupid. Well I would if I had it! Easier said than done. We don’t all have the budget to get central air in our dwellings and we also don’t have the funds for window units. We learn to improvise. We do, however, spring for smaller assistance in the form of a dehumidifier. It can really make a difference between sweating through the night and comfortable sleep. It can be a real godsend worth its little weight in gold.
You have to be practical about these things, even though living in NYC isn’t practical by nature. Everything costs plenty. Everything is at a premium. And if you had air conditioning, you might not be able to afford running it day and night when the temperature rises. We are talking many sweltering months. You want to, of course. Who likes having clammy skin! But you can’t. Out comes the dehumidifier. I got mine online for a nice low price as it was a discontinued model. With a little research you can find most any style and size. If you live in places with humid hot summers, do yourself a big favor now before the onset of the season.