Creenan: Oh the weather outside is making my apartment stuffy

The latest heat wave that swept through Huron County over the past week is not going to last, with temperatures dropping below the 60s at some point this week. As someone who prefers colder weather, summer can be a difficult time of year.

As the weather gets hotter and hotter the longer the sun stays, it makes for particularly sweltering nights in my apartment. I’m one of those people who has a special way of sleeping that makes sure I get a good night’s sleep, and that includes being tightly covered by my blankets. Lying in my uncovered bed spins me around and around as I force myself to fall asleep. Not to mention all the sweating on the worst nights.

The first summer after moving here, I remember being particularly hot and humid, and not just when the onslaught of rain was happening several days a week. The weekend of July 4th, especially when I was watching Nathan’s hot dog eating contest on TV, was especially bad as a dry heat sent temperatures into the 90s. I have long given up on I figured out how my apartment’s built-in air conditioning attempts worked, so I looked for other ways to deal with the heat.

The first thing I did was buy a dehumidifier from Walmart, where it collects all the water in the air in a large built-in tray and then I throw it in a sink. I first set it up in my bedroom, but there were times on weekends when I had to haul it back and forth between there and my main living room. Needless to say, I would need a suitable air conditioner installed in the same location and drive to Flint to get what I wanted.

The way my air conditioner works is that while it sits in the middle of my room absorbing all the hot air, a big pipe stuck in my window blows everything out, while the air conditioner circulates cooler air. The only downside is that I am convinced that every time a big bug flies in my room and I have to get out of the Raid, it probably goes through my air conditioner.

Both work particularly well in making my apartment refreshing during the day, but the sound of the constantly circulating air means I have to turn them off before trying to go to bed. Yeah, besides being under all the covers, I have to be as quiet as possible when I want to sleep. The constant noise also means that I have to turn them off as well whenever I watch anything on my computer.

These devices haven’t become a perfect solution when things get too hot here, but they do at least make things a bit cozy when conditions allow.

Robert Creenan is a writer for the Huron Daily Tribune. He can be reached at robert.creenan @

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