Being a homeowner in the southeast comes with a set of extreme challenges.
- First of all, both of us get drenched with Summer rain the likes of which I had never seen when I was living a few states north of here as a child.
You have to make sure your lake house is prepared for the heavy rainfall. This involves having a sealed roof, clean rain gutters, and typical caulking around windows. As long as you follow these simple rules, your lake house should be ready for Summer rainstorms. However, there’s also the basic question about indoor weather conditions control. Both of us already have sizzling summers to begin with because we’re closer to the equator, however they also get severely humid from the rain storms. I have a central a/c that I use to keep the temperature inside down, even though I also utilize a supplemental dehumidifier to keep the moisture level inside below 40%. If you have to leave your lake house for weeks at a time, it can be worrying trying to find an appropriate setting for your temperature control. You want your a/c to run enough to prevent indoor mold growth, however if you run it too much you’ll run up the electricity bill. Short of installing a smart temperature control, you can get a humidistat. It overrides the temperature control and tells the a/c to turn on once moisture levels inside reach whatever percentage you set the dial to. For instance, if you set the humidistat to 50%, it will tell the air conditioner to run whenever the humidity goes above this measurement. The air conditioner then runs until the moisture level drops below 50%.