Living in the northern part of the country, there’s no need for central cooling.
While my kids sometimes complained of the summer heat and humidity, I figured we were just fine with some box fans and open windows.
I enjoyed the break from the huge energy bills. I always thought it was good for our health to let in some fresh air. Unfortunately, last spring, the county decided to tear up the road directly in front of my house. The project was expected to last anywhere from four to six months. The road crew typically started work at six in the morning, running heavy machinery and waking up my whole family. They created a tremendous amount of exhaust fumes and dust. Our vehicles and the exterior of the house were coated in grime within a matter of hours. There was no way we could leave our windows open. This meant that our house became terribly overheated and clammy feeling. Faced with an entire summer of suffering the heat, I finally gave in and invested in a central cooling system. A local HVAC company was sympathetic to our circumstances and managed to get the system installed very quickly. I was amazed by the improvement in the comfort and cleanliness of the home. With the windows closed, we aren’t dealing with pollen, bugs, fumes, dust or exterior noise pollution. The whole house is perfectly cool at all times. The gentle sound of the air conditioner drowns out the machinery from outside. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to make the upgrade into whole-home cooling. Because the system is Energy Star rated, it doesn’t cost all that much to operate.