It’s mid summer and the heat is definitely on.
But that’s really not anything unusual at all for this region.
We are renown for having hot and humid summers that need all sorts of HVAC cooling to manage. For me, it’s worth four months of intense heat in order to enjoy the rest of the year. Our weather during the other 8 months of the year is excellent and I’m outside much of the time. However, during the peak heating hours of the day during the summer, I am not outside. I’m somewhere that has plenty of HVAC cooling going on. Our heat can even be a bit dangerous for some people during the middle of the day. And that’s one of the things that really blows my mind when I consider what it was like to live without HVAC cooling. We all, to one degree or another, take our quality heating and air a bit for granted. I know that I certainly am thankful for the HVAC cooling in my home but I am guilty of thinking it’s just always there. In fact, it wasn’t until the 50’s that residential HVAC was really a thing in most regions. And even then, residential HVAC was not all that common. However, for places like where I live, residential HVAC opened them up because people could now manage the heat with HVAC cooling. All these decades later, HVAC cooling in this region is basically ubiquitous. We all have just about everywhere we live, work and shop. I don’t know if I’d be as tough as my ancestors were. Living through the summer without air conditioning might be more than I could handle.