When I moved to St.
Petersburg, Florida, a few years ago, I was prepared for the heat. One of the reasons I chose a neighborhood on the Gulf Coast was for the overheated weather… The neighborhood enjoyes more than three hundred sunny days per year, and while there are frequent rainstorms, they are quick and help to keep the plants and trees healthy and lush, then as I toured houses for sale, I made sure to check the age of the central cooling unit… I knew air conditioner would have a major impact on my comfort and budget. I didn’t want to face the expense of purchasing a brand up-to-date central a/c immediately after unpacking, and unfortunately, I failed to recognize the unique challenges caused by excess humidity. In St. Petersburg, the high moisture levels cause some problems. The air in my up-to-date loft felt slightly sticky at all times. There were issues with condensate running down the window panes and potentially discoloring or rotting the sills. I was distraught about the hardwood floors warping and damage to antique furniture. I found mildew on many of my leather purses and dealt with signs of mold growth… Everything from bacteria and viruses to cockroaches and dust mites thrive in moist environments. Lowering the control unit did nothing however overcool the air and increase my electric bills. Plus, the added workload wasn’t wonderful for the a/c. I realized that I needed to tackle the source of the problem. I contacted a local Heating and A/C contractor in St. Petersburg and got an quote in the upgrade of a whole-loft dehumidifier. The dehumidifier has made a crucial improvement.