Living in humid climates puts you at a disadvantage with humidity control

I grew up living in a mountainous region and didn’t travel anywhere outside of my home state until I was 10 years old.  I was used to four distinct seasons year-round and mostly mild and dry air on a day to day basis. I took for granted the beautiful backdrop that the white peaks would make miles off in the distant horizon, coloring a landscape right out of a Bob Ross painting.  When it came time to apply to college in my late teen years, I sent applications out to school all over the country. After some deliberation following my application responses, I ended up in a small liberal arts college in the deep south. Saying that I had an adjustment to get through is an understatement, and I can vividly remember the thought going through my mind after spending an entire week down here in the summer for the very first time.  I thought I was going to pass out from heat exhaustion just from walking to my car in a large shopping mall parking lot. It didn’t take long for me to notice the massive humidity increase either. There are many days in the mountains where it isn’t crazy to expect humidity levels below 45%. In contrast, I can’t remember the last time the humidity dipped below 80% where I live now, and it was utterly miserable the first year experiencing these redundant climate conditions from January through December.  After I started to develop sinus issues, I went out and bought a dehumidifier to supplement my home air conditioner. Although the HVAC system in my house pulls moisture out of the air as it’s chilled, the air conditioner can only dehumidify the house to a certain degree. I set up a dehumidifier that cost only $200 and pulls out 50 pints of water from my air every day. Just by running this machine in conjunction with my home HVAC system, I’m able to keep my allergy and sinus issues better under check.

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