I can’t think of anything better than sitting on a porch looking out over the water. When my husband finally retired, we decided to purchase a new home on a small lake. It really is a piece of heaven on Earth most days and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. There have been some issues with living so close to the water, but we have learned to adapt well to them. I never realized how much moisture was a problem until we moved to our current location. It really affects everything that has to do with your everyday life and we found that there was a problem with the front porch shortly after we moved in. Apparently, the added moisture from the lake had caused the boards to start rotting sooner that normal. My husband spent the first summer that we were there replacing the porch because he knew how important it was to me. It is really one of the most relaxing things about our new home. The other issue that we encountered was the added moisture in the house itself and we ended up contacting our local HVAC dealer to find a solution. They came out to the house and did an assessment of everything then told us that we could simply add a powerful dehumidifier to the existing unit and it would solve most of our problems. We went ahead with their plan and we have never regretted the investment. The house never feels damp anymore and the air conditioner seems to work more efficiently with the added assistance of the dehumidifier. We can actually leave the temperature set a bit higher because without any humidity, the house feels cooler overall to begin with. Living by the water has always been a dream of mine and my husband’s, so now we can relax all day long in a perfect environment for our retirement.