I recently moved to a new home, further south, and I was not prepared for the heat. The house was not equipped with a central air conditioner, but I didn’t think it would be a problem. Living up north, I had always gotten by with a furnace in the winter, and opening the windows to let in fresh air during the warmer months. When I moved, I realized that the house had no HVAC system whatsoever. My real estate agent assured me that it would not get cold enough during the winter to require a heater. She said I might need a portable air conditioner to handle the heat in the summer. When the summer temperatures and humidity set in, the house quickly became extremely uncomfortable. I tried to manage with a bunch of electric fans and opening the windows, but it was not enough to cool down the house. I found it nearly impossible to sleep, and I was constantly sweating. When I noticed condensation running down my window panes and mold spots on the sills, I knew I needed to invest in air conditioning. I bought a pair of compact window units, and hoped they would be sufficient. Unfortunately, these air conditioners were only capable of cooling one room at a time. I knew that I needed a solution for the entire house. I then contacted a local HVAC contractor to provide an estimate for central air conditioning. Purchasing and installing central air conditioning was a significant investment, but it certainly improved the comfort of my home. I can now simply adjust the thermostat to the ideal temperature and the cooling equipment handles the rest. I no longer deal with excessive humidity, and I certainly sleep much better.