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Does Your Home Have Air-Conditioning?

Air-conditioning is not mainstream in the Bay Area — I also follow suit and don't have it in my pad. However, each year, as Spring turns up the heat, I contemplate forking over the cash to have central air installed. After doing the math, it makes a lot more economic sense to sweat it out on those seldom sweltering days. For me, it's tough, because before moving to Northern California I always had AC, but what about you? Does your home have air-conditioning?

linkinpark9503 linkinpark9503 7 years
im a native of Arizona. enough said. AC is a must or you will die, literally. for those who dont know our weather-- 7-8 months out of the year= BEAUTIFUL, 2 months of 100+, 2 months of 115+ but THANK god its a dry heat. ive never experienced humidity like ya'll in the midwest (and even florida) and im grateful for that...
bsanf3 bsanf3 7 years
Having central air isn't an option.
katiekat95 katiekat95 7 years
I can't sleep when I'm hot/sweaty. Love my AC :)
Rose-in-Paradise Rose-in-Paradise 7 years
Whether I am home in Illinois or in South Carolina I know that the humidity can drive one to kick on that ac! LOL Growing up in Illinois we did not have ac until I was almost 15 because we simply could not afford it. We had box fans in the windows and we learned how to cool off in the heat of the afternoon at the creek. Now I look at people my age who have never laid in bed on a cool spring evening and felt the soft breeze blow through the windows bringing with it the smell of honeysuckle and jasmine. They have never learned to appreciate air conditioning because they have never had to sweat through a summer and learn to eat "cold" foods like salads, melons, and cold soups because cooking on the stove just heated the house too dang much.. I am thankful for no ac because of all the joys in life it brought me and to this day I dont reach for that thermostat when the weather gets warm. I head down to the local springs to cool off :)
liz26111 liz26111 7 years
No central air but seeing as I live in MA we do have box ACs. Growing up I did not but now that I do have it. I cannot think of living without it.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I live in the Midwest, so AC is mandatory in my opinion. It's hot and humid in the summer!
psterling psterling 7 years
I wish! We're from San Jose but our house never had a/c installed (built in '79). Honestly, with the ceiling fans going and the windows open in the mornings and evenings, we can make it bearable with an attic fan. I don't like it too cool anyway. I'm fine as long as its below 80 inside.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
We never had AC until we bought our house 2 years ago and it has central air. I love it! I don't use it alot but on those really hot and humid days it is nice to have. At night i prefer to have a window open and the fan on.
psterling psterling 7 years
we don't have an air conditioner (we live in San Jose) but it gets hot in the summer so my husband and I are considering installing solar attic fans to lower the temperature of the house 5-10 degrees- enough to keep us from going crazy. In actuality, those days that you really WANT the a/c are the days you probably shouldn't be using them (spare the air and all) so we feel like the attic fan is a good, eco-friendly compromise.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Lucked out living in SoCal. Also, we get such strong breezes that they actually rotate our fans sometimes.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
*apartment ... clearly haven't had my coffee yet ...
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
Our apparent gets too hot to only have a fan running when I'm cooking or baking. It gets so hot that we actually open the windows during the winter when I cook! We need to find a fan asap.
nuttmegs17 nuttmegs17 7 years
I'm origionally from Hot Humid FL and it was definitely needed. When I moved to Chicago and realized that any rental in my price point wouldnt' come with AC, I thought I'd die! But we def don't need it in the winter and our summers are generally so great, it's been bearable. We keep the windows open at night and we have window units which do fine (although I heard they aren't very engergy efficient). Now, I'm buying my first ever condo and it comes with Central AC! I'm stoked! I think the years of no AC will serve me well though as I will be conservative about when and how much I use it to keep bills down. In FL I would run it on the low 70's High 60s all day wo a second thought - now I know it's possible to be comfortable without it...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Yes, but it's not really working well. (I need to contact my landlords; we've had a few 90+ days and several 80+ days with high humidity.) Luckily, I live in an English Basement, so it's at least partially underground, which keeps it cooler.
Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
Yes, Australia is extremely hot in summer!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I didn't need one when I grew up in Hawaii, but now that I live in SoCal, I absolutely can't live without it in the summer when it gets into the 100s. If houses/apartments were built with better insulation, I'd prefer to get by with a fan. But unfortunately, I live in a crap condo.
SugarKat SugarKat 7 years
I live in Seattle and there's rarely a need for air conditioning. We do have a window unit that we can use on those really hot days...we all just pile into one room to sleep and play!
SFCA SFCA 7 years
I'm grateful that San Francisco doesn't have crazy hot weather. It's nice to know that I can just drive 20 minutes out of the city for some higher temps.
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