I grew up in a dry northern temperature.
We weren’t someplace near any of the Great Lakes, so every one of us never experienced the humidity that comes with residing near important bodies of water.
Instead, every one of us experienced dry weather regardless of whether or not every one of us were in the Wintertide season or the warm Summer season. I heard from family members that lived down south that their humidity levels would rise to 100% while I was in 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 74%. 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 task. Now I know what it feels savor to live in warm and sticky Summer weather, and I don’t savor it. I venture outside to head to work and I’m hit with an onslaught of intense rays of sun and a suffocating blanket of warm moisture in the air. The difference was so abrupt that I started developing dust sensitivities from the humidity. My recourse was buying a dehumidifier for my house. Within a few mornings of plugging the dehumidifier in, I noticed a immense drop in my dust sensitivity symptoms. There was also an amazing unintended consequence of using a portable dehumidifier. It made my central air conditioning system work less to keep the air cool. A central air conditioner system cools your house as it causes airborne moisture to evaporate and collect inside the condensate pan. If your air is already dry to begin with, your air conditioner system uses less energy to maintain indoor rapidly decreasing temperatures.