About two years ago, I moved to Largo, Florida, to take a better job.
The promotion provided more advantageous benefits, higher pay, a really nice vacation package and the opportunity for upward mobility.
Although it meant a big move to a new area, I was excited. I’d spend my entire life in the northeastern part of the country. I was very accustomed to freezing cold, snowy winter seasons that hung around for more than half of the year. The furnace was one of the most important systems in the home. I had no experience with central air conditioning. My family had always managed with box fans and window air conditioners. I was eager to trade my snow shovel, ice scraper and wool coat for sun block, shorts and sandals. I looked forward to blue skies, sunshine and warm weather all year round. I was not prepared for the extreme heat and humidity. I chose an apartment based on the location, cost of the rent and amenities such as on-site laundry, private balcony and a swimming pool. I didn’t make sure that the air conditioner was new, energy efficient or powerful enough to keep up with demand. It never occurred to me to find out if there was a dehumidifier. Since the utilities were not included in the cost of the rent, the air conditioner significantly affected my budget. The unit seemed to run all the time and caused super high electric bills. Plus, the air conditioner was extremely loud and on especially hot days and nights, the apartment felt overheated. The lack of a dehumidifier was the biggest problem. Even with the air conditioner blasting at maximum capacity, the air was always clammy and sticky.
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