The a/c in my car has always been broken and I’m too cheap to fix it, and also ornery about spending too much time in the car to warrant making it more “comfortable.” We put window units in our bedrooms, though this year I opted out, because now we have ceiling fans. However, on a few especially gross nights I have broken down and slept in my son’s a/c’d room! Step by step; we do our best and it is a process. 🙂 I think it’s helpful that I did not grow up in air-conditioned houses; that was definitely a luxury growing up in my time/place/demographic.
“The human body is quite well suited to deal with heat if we let it, and if we back away just a little bit from our assumptions about what it means to be comfortable, it’s easy to picture an alternate reality in which, instead of flipping on the freon at the slightest provocation, we learn to cope with the air we have. The human body is surprisingly adaptable…”
“A lot would have to change. We’d wake up earlier, and nap in the middle of the day to make up for it. We’d ride bikes and scooters everywhere, and swimming would replace running as the preferred form of exercise. Maybe we’d see the return of porch culture—of screened-in card games and flowing iced tea. And maybe we’d start taking pride in tricking out our finished basements. After a while we’d get used to it, just like we got used to the artificial indoor chill we take for granted now. And who knows—eventually we might even come to like it.”
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