News for those who do not live in the south

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Especially those who live overseas...

If you request the entire house's air conditioning to be turned off because you prefer "natural air" then we will all die. We have a thing called "Humidity" here. With a 90 degree temperature outside, the attic is about 10,000 degrees, Fahrenheit. The heat and the humidity would KILL YOU WHILE YOU SLEEP. One open window in your room will not suffice.

Back to what you were doing...

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I need to get some outdoor work done, but it's so hard to get motivated with outside air so thick with moisture that it's hard to breathe.  

I'm spoiled by AC.  We didn't have air conditioners growing up.  we had sleeping poches and fans.   For some bizarre reason, my parents invested in an evaporative water cooler.  THIS DOES NOT WORK IN A HUMID ENVIRONMENT!  Nothing evaporates.  We just stayed damp most of the time.

I seem to remember being mildewed much of my early childhood.  That might explain many of the mental deficits I enjoy now.

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When we visited my in-laws in hot Springs the sheets would feel damp and clammy when you went to bed and still feel damp and clammy when you woke up. The place never felt anything BUT damp and clammy!

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That made me laugh PT! I immediately had an image of a kid like the Pigpen character, but instead of dirt, it was mold all around him and he had a cowboy hat on.

Unfortunately, I've had a lot of experience with those evaporator coolers and the only place they would work would be the middle of the desert! Ugh!

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Right now I have the AC on AND a fan blowing right on me!

But it's true what they say, it's not so much the heat, as the humidity. And that's a big part of what air conditioning does. It doesn't just lower the temperature, it also lowers the humidity, making you FEEL cooler.

Of course, the next topic here will be ice in drinks!

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Of course, the next topic here will be ice in drinks!

Right, don't skimp on the cubes!!!  lol

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Heat is not on yet, but A/C is off and a blanket on the bed! However, w will get slammed with another heat index before Fall arrives and I can remove the A/C from the rooms.

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Oh I know, I know. In my youth none of my Indiana cousins had air conditioning in their cars, and when they visited they wanted to roll the car windows down in Arkansas in August. You can do that, but you will have a sweaty, miserable drive.

And when the parents of our Swedish exchange students visited here one August (I don't know why people would come to Arkansas in August) they were scared to death about our air conditioning, quite sure it would kill them. They kept talking about Legionnaires' disease.

But one day they walked to Walmart (as far as I know, they're the only people here who have ever walked to Walmart) and when they got home and entered our cool house, they all went "ahhhhhh!" They finally appreciated the AC and why we insist on it here.

This is NOT France. Before the farmers cut all the trees, this was a humid rain forest. You won't find any sidewalk cafes here. I wish we could have them, but it's just impossible!

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Arkansawyer wrote:

This is NOT France. Before the farmers cut all the trees, this was a humid rain forest. You won't find any sidewalk cafes here. I wish we could have them, but it's just impossible!

   I so wish for those as well, well on the couple of days a year that I would want to sit at one! 

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That was the beauty of the ductless, split AC system we installed this year.  Guests up stairs could turn it on and guests downstairs could open their windows. 

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Did I mention we turned the heat on today? All the windows are closed. I'm officially freezing and it's only early Sept. Yikes.

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Yes, I put my heating on yesterday too. Turned a very chilly 10deg max here.

 

ps: That's centigrade folk, before you all say "I didn't realize it gets that cold in Scotland in Sept!!" laugh

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Amen JB! 

Last weekend we had a FR couple here who immediately turned off their AC once I showed them how it worked.  'We don't use air conditioning in France'  I wanted to alter Dorothy's 'We aren't in Kansas any more, Toto'  but chose to leave things as it was... I nearly died each time I went in to fluff the room, and left the room needing a shower.    And each time they came in from their outings I could hear him say 'it is freezing in here'  My main entry AC temp is set at 77!!!

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Wow!  I wish I had more French people stay here, it would keep our electricity bills down (split AC units).  For some reason people love setting them at about 18 C (64 F).  Grrrr....

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I've seen lower.... 10C. And I've seen higher.... 30C. But I guess that may just be the high and low settings.

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

I've seen lower.... 10C. And I've seen higher.... 30C. But I guess that may just be the high and low settings.

Lots of think setting the system at 10 will make it put out colder air, or setting it at 30 will make it heat the place up faster. Lots of people are wrong!

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I like a cool fresh bedroom, we sleep with the window open even in the winter. so I really cant understand theses people who want the windows closed, the heating on/AC off. Sometimes when you walk into the bedrooms it's hot, stuffy and stinks. First thing I do is throw the windows open. 

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Ya'll  it's all hot and sticky down here.   

Dijall hear about the fat B&B owner that got her talcum powder mixed up with here baking powder?  Every time she'd sweat,  she'd break out in biscuits.

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I think Imma' break out in biscuits any minute now....surprise

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Great joke. I will tell DH since he was reading about using corn starch instead of talc...

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Still laughing at that one PT.  laugh

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Oh yeah, the humidity will definitely make them very unpleasant, dead or alive...

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Why just the south. We have the same problem, here in the north. And they open the window with the AC on too.

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Yep they sure do ! Mine open the door and all the windows. Did not know about screens. GRRRR! they are from Germany.  When in to the bedroom window open fan bellowing and AC on. Man a live if that is the end of all INN"S LOL

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