Moving down south was a big change for my family.
We traded our snow shovels, ice scrapers and heavy boots for sunscreen sunglasses and sandals.
Our former home was outfitted with a forced air furnace, and we never bothered with central air conditioning. We dealt with temperatures in the negatives, brutal windchill and issues with insufficient humidity. In our new location, the temperature never drops below freezing and often climbs into the triple digits. Central air conditioning is essential. Although we have a fairly new, top-of-the-line cooling system, it can’t handle the excessive humidity. Our first summer in the house, we dealt with condensation running down the windows and problems with mold and mildew growth. My leather shoes and purses were frequently growing fuzz. Our wooden doors warped and wouldn’t close properly. No matter how low we adjusted the thermostat, the air always felt slightly clammy. I finally bought a portable humidifier. That turned out to be a total waste of money. I had to empty the reservoir of the humidifier multiple times per day and never noticed any difference in our indoor environment. I then contacted a local HVAC contractor and got a recommendation for a whole-home dehumidifier. The indoor air quality accessory is installed right into the cooling system and pulls moisture out of the air as it passes through. I can adjust the humidity levels to our preferred comfort. The dehumidifier operates quietly, runs 24/7 and requires only annual upkeep. Since adding the dehumidifier, I’ve been able to raise the thermostat setting and yet the house feels way cooler and more comfortable. The savings on my electricity bills is quickly recovering the cost of the dehumidifier.