5205Re: [CF] Re: Air Conditioning, Cars, and livable places
- Jun 2, 2002For what it's worth, I grew up in South Carolina, with its hot humid
summers. During my childhood, we did not have air conditioning. Instead,
our house had a large fan in the ceiling of the hallway which sucked warm
air ot of the house, pulling presumably cooler air in through the windows.
I remember nights of having difficulty going to sleep because I was so
sweaty and uncomfortable, but none of my family ever died from the heat.
My family eventually moved to one window unit, then two, and then central
air-conditioning. It made the house more comfortable, but I did feel more
cut off from my environment. I'd like to think I would not have air
conditioning if I lived in the Southeast now, but I would certainly be an
Now I live in the Southwest, where it is hot but the humidity is almost
non-existent, and that makes a world of difference. Last year, I installed
ceiling fans because they looked like they were more efficient than the
floor fans we had been using. Our bedroom ceiling fans are linked to
thermostats which slow the speed of the fan as the room cools down.
Ceiling fans are great, and I think they could replace most of the air
conditioning in the South if people would give them a chance.
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