As I mentioned in a previous post on working as a motel maid, the shock of stepping from a hot concrete walkway into a stuffy, refrigerated room has put me off air-conditioning.
The good side of that is that I have the windows open and fans bringing in outside air. The bad part is that the outside air is humid and hot.
Everyone has a different tolerance. I’m glad that the elderly I visit universally have air conditioning. Especially those with respiratory disease. That wasn’t the case a few years ago. And some people really suffer from the heat, why be miserable?
If you can tolerate it, though, you can do a lot with window fans, ventilation and shades. One less box spewing hot air on a summer’s day, one less buzzing machine in the city. Many of us live in older houses that were built to take advantage of the seasons– sun in the winter, shade in the summer. One opportunity for conservation is simply to use the old, built-in natural heating and cooling in our houses.
Here’s a link to one of the many sites that show how to place fans for maximum comfort.