Living in tepid and humid temperatures can be taxing corporation as a homeowner. Although heating costs in the Wintertide consistently equalled out to what I’m now paying year round for air conditioner alone, it seems as though our Heating as well as Air Conditioning system is running incessantly every single afternoon of the year. The sunshine is particularly intense in this part of the country—coupled with our close proximity to water—and you have a recipe for a wet and moldy environment. Simply running our central air conditioner yearly is not enough to keep the humidity down to a comfortable level inside our farm house. I bought a portable dehumidifier that plugs into any official 120 volt wall outlet and has a collection chamber for water or a port on the back where you can run a drain hose. Since I don’t have a floor drain someplace in our house, nor any occasions near doors or windows where I could run the line outdoors, I was forced to use the collection bucket. The humidity outside this past month has hovered between 69 and 90% every single afternoon, with the exception of the few rainy days where it jumped up to 100%. I had no notion that this would entail a full bag of water twice a afternoon when running the dehumidifier non stop. This might sound trivial at first, however after you’ve strained your back more than 2 times a afternoon for a week straight, you’re beginning to suppose otherwise. Although the upfront cost is higher, I’m going to invest in a central dehumidifier that attaches to our central air conditioner and can run simultaneously whenever the latter is on. I will no longer have to worry about emptying water collection buckets and the performance is higher than any non commercial sized dehumidifier available in our area.