Being a homeowner in the southeast comes with a set of serious challenges. First of all, we get drenched with summer time rain the enjoys 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 home is prepared for the heavy rainfall. This involves having a sealed roof, scrub rain gutters, plus proper caulking around windows. As long as you follow these easy rules, your home should be ready for summer time rainstorms. However, there’s also the basic question about indoor climate control. The people I was with and I already have overheated summers to begin with because we’re closer to the equator, but they also get seriously humid from the rain storms. I have a central 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 home for weeks at a time, it can be worrying trying to find an appropriate setting for your thermostat. You want your to run enough to prevent indoor mold growth, but if you run it too much you’ll run up the electricity bill. Short of installing a smart thermostat, you can get a humidistat. It overrides the thermostat plus tells the 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 conditioning to run whenever the humidity goes above this measurement. The air conditioning then runs until the moisture level drops below 50%.