Say it’s summertime. You have the choice of being outside in the sun, hot and heavy, or inside in the cool comfort of an air conditioned domicile.
Which would you choose?
I remember a time, not long ago, when that choice did not exist. It would be as hot in the house as it was outside. My grandmother had her summer routine down pat. When to open the door and windows. When to pull the shades and drapes. When to turn on the big fan that did little more than moving around the hot air. When to hurry and get the day’s work done while the heat was still bearable. When to sit as still as possible with a big cloth for wiping the sweat.
City kids remember how they’d open the fire hydrant and everyone would get wet to cool down. In recent power outages, we’ve been reminded of how that felt.
Young folks may never before have had to go days in intense heat with no cooling. How did you and your family handle it? Did you cry and whine, cursing the power company to hurry up and get us back to normal? Did you give prayers of thanks for all the days when we do not have to go without the cooling comfort of our conditioned air? Did you just ride around in your air conditioned vehicle until it was all over?
Air conditioning in hot weather. Yet another thing for which to give thanks here in America.