When I first moved to the swamplands of the southern United States, I was not prepared for the degree of climate shock I faced. When you survive sub-zero winters every year that stretch from October to March, and only mild weather in the times in between, it’s difficult to acclimate to temperatures in the 90s with near 100% humidity levels. Even moving further inland away from the coast did nothing to abate my weather woes. But worst of all, I couldn’t fathom being in a situation where I could not get comfortable running my air conditioner. I was always used to turning on the AC and dropping the temperature inside a few degrees and getting immediate comfort. Down here in the damp south, I could have the AC cranking below 70 degrees but I still can’t get the moisture levels inside to a comfortable place. I bought a dehumidifier but that didn’t address the stray pollen and dust that always seemed to sneak in through the front door anytime I left or returned to my apartment. A friend recommended that I look into buying an air purifier to supplement my HVAC system. They plug into a normal wall outlet and filter your indoor air while turned on. You can even buy some with special HEPA filters and others that have UV lights built in for added antimicrobial effects. I was able to find a solid machine at my local hardware store that was large enough to handle the air for my entire 800 square feet apartment. I started to notice a positive change in just a matter of days after turning on my air purifier for the first time. I’m also finding clumps of dust every time I clean the filter, which scares me to imagine what I was breathing into my lungs for all of the time before I bought the machine.