Being a homeowner in the southeast comes with a set of serious challenges.
First of all, we 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 home is prepared for the heavy rainfall. This involves having a sealed roof, clean rain gutters, and proper caulking around windows. As long as you follow these simple rules, your home should be ready for summer rainstorms. However, there’s also the basic question about indoor climate control. We already have hot summers to begin with because we’re closer to the equator, but they also get extremely humid from the rain storms. I have a central air conditioner that I use to keep the temperature inside down, but 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 air conditioner 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 and tells the air conditioner 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 a/c to run whenever the humidity goes above this measurement. The a/c then runs until the moisture level drops below 50%.