It’s hard to imagine life here in San Antonio without air conditioning, right?
Just stop and think about that for a minute. Triple-digit heat. No AC. Sweat. Constantly being uncomfortable.
Fact is, life without AC is a pretty common occurrence in other parts of the country. In fact, I just got back from a trip where I stayed in two hotels that didn’t have AC. It wasn’t that I was trying to be cheap by any means – but when you book a room in upstate Washington and Vancouver, you’re not exactly worried about the heat being a factor!
The first trip involved a stay at a lodge at Mt. Rainier. Highs in the summer are typically in the 60-70˚ range – perfect weather for a day out hiking in nature. I say typically because the highs during our visit topped 90˚ – not so perfect hiking weather. The only relief at the lodge was an open window with little breeze. That meant cold showers had to come to the rescue more than a few times.
From there, we headed north to beautiful Vancouver. The average temperature there in July is also in that 70˚ range (22˚C if you’re Canadian). During our stay, we were closer to 90˚. At least that hotel provided three fans to get through the heat wave. Believe me, those fans made a huge difference.
Let me be clear: I’m not trying to elicit sympathy for a vacation to two of the most gorgeous places on this continent! But it does help with a simple lesson to remember in summer: Don’t take your AC for granted. Fans can help if you don’t have AC (and ceiling fans, in particular, can be a massive help for your air conditioning system). And don’t forget to check on those around you living without AC.
Take care out there.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.