I live in what you could call a mixed community. What that means is that there is a wide diversity in the income levels of the residents.Though several drive to work or school, quite a few rely on the bus. While some residents own and use HVAC system, others control indoor temperatures using, fans, window AC units, and space heaters during winter. Fortunately, the differences in what we possess, has no effect on our relationships as neighbours.
There is an apartment on the street next to mine, which has box AC machines in most of the windows. A few weeks ago, I visited an old friend living in one of these apartments, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of her indoor air. The window AC unit was blasting cool, comforting air into the room in which we sat, while a ceiling fan turned slowly on its lowest setting. I think it is amazing how any kind of HVAC system can transform a modest space into an incredibly cozy home. It also reinforces the point that people can find enjoyment in what they are able to afford, without the stress of reaching out for things which are beyond their financial abilities.. What would be the point in having a pricy HVAC unit in your home, while you are constantly worried about not making your monthly payments on that unit? The person with ceiling fans, window AC and no worries, would be a much happier person.
So not “biting off more than you can chew”, not “hanging your hat higher than you can reach it”, and living within your means, are great concepts to live by.