This year we spent the entire spring and summer without a/c. Maybe you live up north and don’t have air conditioning, but we’re in south Texas. We’re farther south than the southern border of California. We’re way down there. And we did it.
We’ve had a record number of triple-digit days this year, but we made it. We only turned on the 2 little window units twice, for company, and all the windows were open at the time.
According to the forecast at AccuWeather.com, the high temps for our little town for the next 2 weeks should range from just 90-93 degrees, and then it’s just one more week until fall is officially here! That sounds positively comfortable. Maybe they’re wrong, but the very thought of sub-100 temps makes me giddy.
Do you know what else makes me giddy? The thought of all the money we saved by not running the air. We didn’t just save what we spent on air last year. This year was much hotter, so we would have spent much more. Ironically, we probably would have spent more and been less comfortable, since the little window units wouldn’t have been able to keep the house comfortable. They would have run constantly, but it would have been a losing battle.
Another advantage: we didn’t experience cabin fever. If the a/c was running, we would have spent all summer crowded together, huddled inside the stuffy house because it was 15 degrees cooler than outside. Instead, we spent a lot of time both inside and out – on the deck, on the trampoline, and visiting our new chickens. The kids explored the woods and climbed trees, and fashioned a makeshift seesaw out of a long plank and a paint scaffold. I still haven’t gone to look at it. I don’t want to.
And finally, not having a/c at home made leaving the house more pleasant. The a/c in our van works, but not well. To our acclimated bodies, it wasn’t bad. The desperate run from the air conditioned vehicle to the air conditioned grocery store wasn’t desperate at all. While others looked sweaty and uncomfortable, most of us felt very little inclination to complain.
Don’t get me wrong: there was complaining through the course of the summer. Some of us adapt more easily than others, and some are more prone to complaining than others. Some of us vacillate between the two groups. Some simply didn’t understand why were weren’t using the air.
It certainly wasn’t easy, especially at first. But it got better even as the temperatures rose. 100 now feels far more comfortable than 85 did in the early spring. God’s design for the human body is wonderful. We can adapt, and when the need presents itself we do.
In the end I feel triumphant. And I feel crisp and cool, even though it’s 7:30 PM and 92 degrees.
Now I’m wondering if we could adjust to winter temps without heat. I’m also wondering if the very suggestion would result in a mutiny. Maybe next year…