The last thing I ever thought I would purchase in my lifetime, has become the appliance in my house that I rely on the most. I live in the northeast, where our winters are so ridiculously dry that your hands can actually crack open and bleed if you’re not careful. Naturally, I have never been concerned about having too much moisture in the air. All of that changed when I moved into an apartment with poor air quality. My little underground home has a lot of issues with the air, just one of them being the moisture. I’m grateful that it never gets too dry in winter anymore, but without central air conditioning, the summer humidity becomes a problem. In the winter, the dampness creates this sort of cold that never really goes away. That’s why I solved the problem by getting a dehumidifier, instead of a portable AC unit. While even a small air conditioning unit can pull a lot of power to run–thus causing your utility bill to spike–a dehumidifier requires hardly any power at all. My apartment has two–one massive one for the main living area, and a smaller one for my bedroom. The big one is an old 80’s model that my landlord keeps up; I just change the air filter every month for it. The dehumidifier in my bedroom is a nice quiet model that I can use while I sleep. The larger dehumidifier has its own humidistat built in, so it will shut off when the area reaches the adequate level of dryness. With the excess moisture removed, I am always warm in the winter and cool in the summer.