Thanks to one of the most loved modern inventions those of us experiencing a heat wave are sitting cool in our offices, driving with the windows up, or lounging comfortably inside our homes.
Not me…I think I am one of the few who doesn’t love air conditioning. I hate going from a beautiful summer day into a restaurant or store only to be as cold as I am at a hockey game. My husband and I have a car with dual temperature settings. I can’t understand how 15 degrees in the summer is enjoyable when it is hot outside, but 15 degrees in the winter in our house is freezing.
With the fans circulating the air, my well insulated house stays around the 75 degree mark. It may get slightly higher if a heat wave goes on, but really, I am okay with that.
Now, I am not anti air conditioning, but I do suggest that maybe we need to rely a little less on it and be a bit more responsible using it.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Celebrating Air Conditioning Appreciation Days:
- ‘Snow’ in July is just not right. Keep the temperature set at a reasonable summer level. If you enjoy 22 degrees in the winter, why turn it to 15 degrees in the summer. It is okay to be a bit warm in the summer – it is summer after all.
- Keep your air conditioner maintained. A clean filter lowers the consumption of energy by 5-15%.
- Put your air conditioner on a timer so that you lower your energy consumption.
You might wonder how did the air conditioner come to be?
Well it started with the Ancient Egyptians who hung wet mats over their windows and let the air blow through them to cool the room. Leonardo da Vinci invented a water-driven fan in the middle ages. South Carolina physician John Gorrie invented an air-conditioning and refrigeration machine. However, in 1902 a young mechanical engineer named Willis H. Carrier really started the ball rolling on what we now use today.
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