A lot of people up north don’t even own air conditioners
Every summer I went to live with my grandparents up north.
Both of my parents worked 9 to 5 jobs and this stopped us getting put in daycare with strangers. Although I missed my school associates every summer, I had a group of friends from my grandparents’ neighborhood. There was a huge patch of woods towards the back of their housing development and we loved to take airsoft guns out there to play war games. Even though I was only nine-years-old at the time, I got along with the kids that were several years older than me. It was fun when I was invited to family parties and gatherings, especially if any kind of food was involved. But I noticed something strange whenever I was over at friends’ houses up north. Unlike the people in my home state, a lot of northerners forgo indoor air conditioning altogether. They all have heating systems to survive the winter freeze, but plenty don’t bother to cool their homes beyond fans and open windows. I had no idea that it could get so cold in June that you would actually need to run the furnace indoors to stay comfortable. I guess they would say the same thing about southerners using their air conditioners in the winter, but it’s still baffling to me. I don’t think I could last in an environment like that, year after year. I prefer warmer weather, even if it means running an air conditioner most days of the year and paying high electricity bills in the process. The thought of using a furnace in June or July is absolutely crazy to me.