When I moved down south, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. After spending my whole life up north, I was accustomed to freezing cold temperatures and tons of snow. I was really looking forward to enjoying warm sunshine all year round. I couldn’t wait to throw away my winter coat and boots, and trade my four-wheel-drive truck for a sporty car. I hoped to never need a snow blower, snow shovel, or ice scraper again. I was very happy to leave behind my old gas furnace, high natural gas bills, and humidifier. I imagined myself leaving the windows of the house wide open and waking up to the sounds and smell of the ocean. Unfortunately, nothing went as planned. I quickly realized that extreme heat and humidity is a total nightmare. My house was overheated and sticky, even with the air conditioner running at maximum speed. I woke up sweaty in the morning, dripped sweat all day, and found it nearly impossible to fall asleep at night. I had to continually wash down every surface in the house with bleach, because tons of moisture leads to lots of mold and mildew. I couldn’t ever open the windows because of the heat, bugs, and smell. Living close to the ocean means that everything smells like dead fish, and every surface corrodes because of salt. I ended up spending a fortune on a brand new, state-of-the-art cooling system, because I was willing to pay anything to get some relief from the heat. Between the cost of the new air conditioner, adding a whole-home dehumidifier, and my monthly electric bill, I needed to take a second job. I am now far too busy, and away at work too often, to even enjoy from my new air conditioner.