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Make Your Case for A/C

July 21, 2010
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There’s a new book out called “Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)” by Stan Cox.

Cox is trying to hype up his proposal to reduce American dependence on a/c (I assume in the hopes of selling more copies of his book), so he recently wrote an editorial in the Washington Post. It was all about how we should stop using a/c and thereby switch to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. (You can read the entire article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/09/AR2010070902341_pf.html)

Frankly, I wasn’t impressed with his vision. In Cox’s utopia of a “post a/c world,” businesses close down for a month or two during the hottest part of the summer. And then, of course, we stop using our stoves and clothes dryers, and hang everything on clotheslines, etc., etc.

Get real.

To me that sounds like a return to a bygone era that I have no desire to revert to. I’m grateful to be alive in this era, at this time, and in this country. And I don’t think that makes me anti-nature or anti-Earth.

I love to run outside, and I love to come home at the end of a run on a muggy Michigan day and cool down near my a/c.

And then there are the times when I crave a/c and can’t imagine how miserable I’d be without it. Like earlier this month when my husband I vacationed at his mother’s home in Cape Cod. It was 96 degrees, humid, and breezeless. We wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night without a/c.

But perhaps my example of craving personal comfort doesn’t help to make a national case for preserving a/c. So, help me out, HVAC industry! Tell me your reasons, justifications, and stories about your grateful customers to prove why we should preserve our comfort and our a/c.
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Getting it Right

July 26, 2010
Of course the guy is an idiot. Once you've had A/C in a hot climate no one goes back by choice. The key to the good life is using our intelligence. Currently A/C uses huge amounts of energy(powered mostly by coal) and runs on greenhouse gasses(HFCs) whose GWPs average around 2000. Just in the last several months two potential alternatives have emerged(desiccant-enhanced evaporative A/C, and solid thermally elastic metal alloy A/C) and no doubt others in the wings. With serious effort we could have sustainable A/C sooner than we think. But of course there's all the money invested in the current tech and the recession, and on and on.

Right On

Kimberly Schwartz
July 27, 2010
Thanks for your comment, Joe. I love how you mention that technology advancements are a better way forward than an overly nostalgic return to the past.

We all need AC

hvac contractors
August 2, 2010
Heat causes a lot of harmful side effects on your body included over heating, exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. It is very important for us to have aplace to go to escape from the heat which makes Air conditioning important for everyone. http://mikesairconditioning.com

Another good point

Kimberly Schwartz
August 3, 2010
Thanks for another good point -- here's to the health benefits of a/c! (Can you imagine a hospital without it?!)

Op-ed piece

Kimberly Schwartz
August 18, 2010
Here's another good perspective from an opinion columnist at the Washington Post: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/08/how_guilty_should_you_feel_abo.html



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