I recently had a huge problem with excess humidity in my house. Every room felt horribly damp and sticky. It was nearly impossible to sleep at night, and the air conditioner seemed to be running all of the time. I kept lowering the thermostat by a few degrees, and even though it was freezing cold, I couldn’t get rid of the moisture. My electric bills were ungodly high and I worried that I was wearing the cooling system out. I noticed condensation running down the windows and mold growing on the sills. Nearly every week, I needed to wash down the bathroom with bleach to prevent mildew. I tried a portable dehumidifier, but it couldn’t keep up with demand and I was constantly dumping out water. I finally consulted with a local HVAC contractor about installing a whole-home dehumidifier. I imagined that it would cost me a fortune, and that the dehumidifier would make a lot of noise and require a great deal of maintenance. I was pleasantly surprised that the dehumidifier was quite reasonable, and installed into the air handler of the existing HVAC system. I don’t see the dehumidifier or hear it operate, and I rarely provide any maintenance. It allows me to customize the moisture levels in the house, and maintains relative humidity within the ideal range. I no longer need to worry about mold or mildew growth, and I have been able to raise the setting on the thermostat. The savings in my monthly electric bill have definitely recovered the cost of the dehumidifier. By reducing the workload of the air conditioner, I am hoping it will last longer.