My backyard leads to a large freshwater river.
This river stretches for miles before it finally reaches the ocean.
The house is located in a swamp essentially, so naturally we have lots of snakes and alligators. Some of my neighbors purposefully avoid buying small dogs and cats because of the danger with the alligators. A small animal sitting along the bank of the river could be leaving themselves open for a rude awakening if one of those gators lunged out of the water to feed itself. Honestly, there are other things about this region that I hate more than the dangerous wildlife. Aside from the crazy high temperatures during July and August, it’s also humid to the degree that the air feels sticky when you’re outdoors. Many others like me cannot deal with this humidity when it gets indoors. Too many river dwellers are complacent with toxic mold in their houses, but not I. Not only do I run my air conditioner constantly, but I have been using a supplemental dehumidifier for years. Thankfully my bathroom has a floor drain so I can run the drain hose from the back of the dehumidifier onto the bathroom floor. The unit plugs into the wall and pulls out 70 pints of water every 24 hours, which makes a huge difference on indoor humidity. But when my HVAC contractor told me about a whole-house dehumidifier that connects to my ductwork, I was intrigued. This amazing addition pulls moisture out of your indoor air as it recirculates through the heating and cooling system. Best of all, I can turn off the air conditioner but leave the fan inside the air handler running. This effectively turns my air conditioner into a massive central dehumidifier without burning the electricity needed to cool the air simultaneously.