Originally Posted by eightyferrettoes
I think people are quite wasteful with it. Like keeping the house at 70 degrees when it's 95 outside? How is that helpful?
Plus, it makes acclimating to the temp outside totally impossible. I hate that clammy AC feeling while inside, and hate the misery of then going outside.
I hate going into a place in the middle of a hot day and freezing! I'm sorry but sweaters are for cold weather, overcooled AC doesn't count, it's just a huge waste of resources.
AC is basically non-existent here and it's fine. A few summers ago I was in the States when it was very hot and humid and after about two days of going back and forth between ACed businesses and non ACed mom's house dd and I both had terrible colds.
As for the op, I never had it as a kid, occasionally as an adult but not anymore. I can definitely live without it. If I did have it I'd be one of those moms that is "weird" about it.
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We have central now and it's been in the high 90s and super humid this weekend and I'm glad we do. We keep it at about 75. I'd probably fare OK without it, but DH gets super-cranky when it's this hot. We fight about AC use in the summer, but have reached a compromise that we only turn it on when it's 88 or hotter. I'm kind of a open window and fans woman...I like to feel that it's summer after the freezing NE winters, KWIM?
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Never had a/c in Jamaica, and it was bearable. We kept the windows and doors open all day, and we were hardly ever inside anyway. We spent most of the time in the yard or on the verandah. We got up early to clean the house before it got hot, and spent the rest of the day outside.
I find Miami to be much, much hotter than Jamaica ever was. We have window units in the bedrooms, so we only turn them on to sleep, set at 76. It's much nicer to sleep in the cool air! but I don't mind the heat during the day. Luckily this house is an old Bahamian house, they knew how to build to combat heat and hurricanes. If I open the windows and the front and back doors, it's not so bad.
When I was pregnant with my youngest, born in July in Miami, I was hot all the time! I used to crank the a/c on the coldest setting, put a fan in front of it, and lay there butt nekkid under the air. Poor dh was freezing, wrapped up in a comfortor and in thermal underwear. He'd try to snuggle up to me to get warm, and I'd push him away, "Get off me! I'm HOT!" :LOL
My mom is hot blooded and I think she was one of the first people with AC (in 1960)
We have almost always had window units in the bedrooms (again, camping out) but we got central ac two years ago and I say a prayer of thanksgiving every summer day (I inhereted my mom's hotbloodedness.)
I would rather give up winter heat than summer cool.
Now I have it, and loooooooooooove it! If that thing ever broke, I'd stay with the in laws till it was fixed!
Originally Posted by BlueStateMama
I'm kind of a open window and fans woman...I like to feel that it's summer after the freezing NE winters, KWIM?
We never had a/c growing up in Mass, lots of fans and always ceiling fans! (plus we had a pool, which probably made it a little easier to deal with )
When we lived in brooklyn, some years we had a window unit in the living room, always one in our bedroom, but we would wait as long as humanly possible before putting them in, often not until mid to late July, but eventually being on the 4th floor would get to be too much!
Now we live RIGHT on the coast in CT (like a 5 minute walk to the beach) and have lots of nice big old trees on our street that give good shade to different parts of the house. It is usually at least 10 degrees cooler at my house than it is just 3 or 4 miles inland We moved in last july and never installed our window units, haven't yet this year either. We have ceiling fans in almost every room (except our BR...that will change this year!) and use standing fans on really hot days.
I absolutely hate the closed up feeling of an a/c'd house. I love that literally every window in my house is open. I can hear my neighbor mowing his lawn, my curtains are blowing in the breeze...what can I say...I love living near the beach!
Oh yeah...what's a "swamp cooler"?
My DD runs really hot, like DH. She has slept with AC in her bedroom since she was a baby (only in summer; that's the only time it's necessary here).
It would be impossible to sleep without it in our house. The second floor gets unbearably hot during the day in summer, and it never cools off at night. It is in the 90s up there, even at night when it has cooled-off outside.
We moved to AZ in the last 60s & everyone has either Evap Coolers or AC
Now I'm in PA, we have room AC in every room - I do not like to be hot & B/f'ing
Dh and i do the same thing but our house isnt insualated except for the master bedroom so it gets hot come afternoon.
We have fans but no AC
When we go visit the inlaws we have them leave the ac on becuase their place doent cool down at night and we cant sleep in the heat. We are spoiled but Idaho cool nights
I think a lot depends on your house type. The summer we finally got ac, I was 16. I just remember all 4 of us kids spending our days lying on the floor in the living room, trying not to move in the heat.
Now we have it, I wouldn't give it up!
Now live in North Carolina and could not, and would not live without it! Afterall it's not the heat, it's the humidity!
Could I live without it now? I do in our house, but at almost 7,000ft it's so dry that I don't miss it. If we lived back in CT I COULD live without but I wouldn't want to. Esp. at night. Heat I can take, humidity? Forget it.
Right now our A/c is cranked up high. It is only about 70 but the humidity is killing me. I was going to help Dh with the yard, but I pansied out. Or maybe it was the 7 hours I spent this monring spring cleaning...
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We have it now, but I could live without it. Yes, even when it's 100 degrees which it has been the last couple of days (we bought a pool pass ) It's uncomfy, especially at night to sleep, but it's doable.
Those sorts of basic coping skills seem kind of lost in mainstream America, when you CAN crank up the AC till people need sweaters.
I refused to turn on the air conditioning in Missouri, and my ex thought I was insane... he did finally get used to it, but not till our workplace had its AC break down for over a month. It's an acclimation thing, for the most part, YK?
I'm sure I COULD survive without A/C, but I don't think I'd function very well. Not that I function very well anyway, but I think I'd be doing a whole lot worse.
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults
Grew up with a/c. I take after my dad. He loves it chilly. My mom is always cold, but she's as thin as a stick (another story...body image challenged). My mom wears a sweater no matter what season it is, and my dad doesn't even keep the temp that low (75).
Even in winter I have to sleep in a room with the heat off. My dh says it's as cold as a meat locker, meanwhile I'm throwing the covers off!
I could not deal w/o a/c. Dd2 was born the night before the Big Blackout (8/03) and the hospital wouldn't let me go home with her until they knew our apt. had power back up and a/c. while I hated being in the hospital, I knew I wasn't going home to no a/c. No way, no how.
When we haven't had it (most of our abodes haven't had central air anyway and in college and right after not even window units) I would take freezing cold showers right before going to bed and then aim the fan directly at myself on the bed.
Our house now doesn't have central, but because it's very open and very tall, we actually only have to operate 1 window unit on each floor (we have a tall old victorian with a basement, main floor, second floor, and finished attic) and the ceiling fans keep things cool. Actually in the basement we never turn it on, it's always cool; in the attic we turn it on when we're up there which is not that often (it's a 4th bedroom but right now we just use it for the videos).
Actually the idea of a cold shower sounds great about now on my swollen feet...
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