When I moved down south I was looking forward to leaving the cold weather and snow behind. I was excited for warm temperatures year round. I couldn’t wait to throw away my wool coat, winter boots and snow shovel. I imagined that I would spend every waking moment outdoors, soaking up the sunshine and rejoicing in the warmth. I did not realize that hot, humid weather presents it own set of problems. Living in the south, the heat and humidity can become intolerable. I have no choice but to run my air conditioner for about eight months of the year. I set my thermostat as high as possible, and yet the air conditioner still costs me a great deal of money in electricity every month. While the cooling system handles the heat, it is not sufficient to combat the excess of humidity. Along with investing in an effective and energy efficient air conditioner, I’ve also needed to install a whole-home dehumidifier. The dehumidifier extracts moisture from the air, maintaining relative humidity within the ideal range. This makes my house far more comfortable and combats the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. It’s fortunate that my house is kept nice and cool by the combination of my cooling unit and dehumidifier, because it’s far too hot and sticky to step outside. Throughout the summer, and most of the spring, I am either inside my house or inside my office. It is a huge change from when I lived up north, focused entirely on my heating system and spent my summers outside.