I have decided that air conditioning in Queensland is a necessity, not a luxury.
Despite living here all my life, I really can’t handle the heat and humidity – and I swear it’s getting worse over the years (or maybe that’s just me getting older?).
Home air conditioning was pretty much unheard of when I was growing up. Long before I reached school age I dreaded having an afternoon nap, because that meant lying on my bed in my west-facing bedroom. I can still feel the sweat trickling off my skin, so that I stuck to the nylon bedspread. Ughhhhh.
The long school holidays in December and January weren’t much fun. It was simply too hot to do anything except loll around on the couch watching TV. We would escape to the shops for a bit of air conditioned comfort, or if we were really lucky, visited friends with a pool.
These days, I love my air conditioning 🙂 .
It might be overkill but we have five – count them FIVE! – air conditioners scattered throughout the house.
There are window mounted ones in Mr 22’s bedroom, our bedroom, the media room and my office. It might look tacky tacky but this is definitely one case where I am putting comfort over style.
Oh, and we also have a big split system which cools the kitchen, dining and family room areas.
We did think about replacing them all with ducted so it doesn’t look quite so “trailer-trash” – but: a. it’s expensive to instal and b. even more costly to run. Miss 20 says her boyfriend’s family have ducted, but rarely put it on due to the expense. Quelle horreur!
7 Reasons Why I Love Air Conditioning!
- Without air conditioning I don’t sleep properly. When Janet gets tired and cranky, this is not a good situation for anybody.
- I’ve noticed that when it’s uncomfortably hot, it’s not just me … everybody gets a little hot under the collar!
- I actually enjoy cooking and making meals during summer – including Christmas Day – something that would never have happened before air conditioning!
- I don’t stick to my chair while I’m working in the office.
- We don’t have a pool, and having a shower to cool down just doesn’t work – by the time I’ve towelled off I’m just as hot all over again.
- My makeup doesn’t melt off even before I’ve finished applying it.
- I’m much more productive and creative when I’m enjoying air conditioned comfort, instead of over 30 degree heat!
I don’t know how anybody can live without air conditioning in a climate like this. Even roasting in the classroom is a thing of the past, as I think most schools now have air conditioning.
I wonder if I will ever get used to it thought – it still feels quite decadent when I put the air conditioning on!
But then I think about how I visited my friend in Christchurch one winter many years ago, and how she told me about her astronomical heating bills. Her one month power bill was more than what we paid for three months! But it was so cold, they just had to have it.
So now I’ve decided that we are the same here in Queensland, only with air conditioning. Or at least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
Life without air conditioning? Unthinkable!
I love my air conditioning. Who’s with me?!
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