Dealing with excess humidity


However, if we don’t operate the cooling system, we arrive at a house overrun with mold and mildew.

My husband and I travel back and forth between two homes. Our primary residence is located in the northeastern part of the country. Our second home is located in St Petersburg, Florida. We bought the second property with the idea of enjoying the best weather in each area. Late spring, summer and early fall in the north are really wonderful. Unfortunately the winters are long, cold and brutal. The temperature regularly drops into the negative digits and the area experiences feet of snow, freezing rain, dangerous wind chill and blizzard conditions. The late fall, winters and early spring seasons in St Petersburg are ideal. The temperature rarely drops below fifty-five degrees or climbs about eighty-five degrees. The summer heat and humidity are a challenge. It is somewhat difficult keeping up with the demands of two homes. We have needed to invest into two sets of all essentials. We also worry about whichever property is unoccupied. Over the winter, we are concerned that the furnace in the home up north will fail and lead to pipes freezing and extensive damage. In our St Petersburg home, we deal with mold and mildew growth. It’s very expensive to keep the air conditioner running all summer to cool an empty house. However, if we don’t operate the cooling system, we arrive at a house overrun with mold and mildew. I’ve had it destroy leather purses and shoes, discolor bathroom fixtures and damage our furniture. We’ve found that the addition of a whole-home dehumidifier is very helpful. By extracting excess moisture from the air, the dehumidifier allows us to set a higher thermostat setting and pay lower energy bills.

 

 

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