I grew up in a dry northern climate.
We weren’t anywhere near any of the Great Lakes, so we never experienced the humidity that comes with living near large bodies of water.
Instead, we experienced dry weather regardless of whether or not we were in the winter season or the hot summer season. I heard from family members that lived down south that their humidity levels would rise to 100% during the peak summer hours even if there was no rain present within a 50 mile radius. For us, stormy weather was pretty much the only times we’d get outdoor moisture levels above 70%. This was my norm from the years of my early childhood into my late 20s. I had no idea what to expect when I was getting ready to move 1,000 miles further south to accept an offer on a new job. Now I know what it feels like to live in hot and sticky summer weather, and I don’t like it. I venture outside to head to work and I’m hit with an onslaught of intense rays of sunlight and a suffocating blanket of hot moisture in the air. The difference was so startling that I started developing allergies from the humidity. My recourse was buying a dehumidifier for my house. Within a few days of plugging the dehumidifier in, I noticed a huge drop in my allergy symptoms. There was also an amazing unintended consequence of using a portable dehumidifier. It made my central air conditioner work less to keep the air cool. A central a/c cools your home as it causes airborne moisture to evaporate and collect inside the condensate pan. If your air is already dry to begin with, your a/c uses less energy to maintain indoor temperatures.