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S/O. Is air conditioning a necessity that should be paid with public funds?

Booklover's question got me wondering. (thanks, booklover)

Air conditioning is a fairly recent invention. I grew up without it. My great grandparents never had it. And that was in Oklahoma where triple digit heat is common in the summer.

What do you think, ladies? Necessity?

Note: I understand this isn't the issue in Texas.

 
Mom2Just1Kiddo

Asked by Mom2Just1Kiddo at 2:36 PM on Apr. 10, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (46)
  • I lived in Texas and Oklahoma as well as North Carolina. It is not a necesity, it is nice and makes life easier but people lived just fine with out i not even 30 years ago.
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 4:49 PM on Apr. 10, 2012

  • air-conditioned school buses?? seriously??
    wow..we're raising a bunch of pansies.
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 3:04 PM on Apr. 10, 2012

  • Well gosh, how did generations survive without electricty? And we now consider that worthy enough to be paid with public funds.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:23 PM on Apr. 10, 2012

  • how did earlier generations keep from all dying off every summer? Comment by Mom2Just1Kiddo


    I wondered that very thing when we lost power for several days after a hurricane when we were living in St. Augustine, FL.  I would have rather swam with the sharks.  

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 2:57 PM on Apr. 10, 2012

  • Hum, I can't remember, to be honest.

    To me though it seems like letting someone go without A/C in the deep south or desert western areas like Arizona, is the equivilent of letting someone go without heat in a place like Minn or Wisconsin. You just shouldn't do it.

    On the flip side, I barely used my heat last winter & honestly, I probably could've gone without it & just worn layered outfits indoors. Just like those up north can go without A/C.
    3libras

    Answer by 3libras at 3:08 PM on Apr. 10, 2012

  • I grew up on the border of Texas and Mexico and I remember sleeping outside much of the summer, in the back yard. I don't think we had AC until we moved when I was in the 5th grade.

    I think it may be important for the elderly or very young during peak temp days but, otherwise, we managed to live without it. Besides, it was something fun to complain about. LOL
    BrawnwynII

    Answer by BrawnwynII at 3:10 PM on Apr. 10, 2012

  • To me though it seems like letting someone go without A/C in the deep south or desert western areas like Arizona, is the equivilent of letting someone go without heat in a place like Minn or Wisconsin. You just shouldn't do it.

    ^^I agree, 3libras. I lived in Wisconsin for a long time, and there's no way people can do without heat there. Here in the desert, I could go without heat, but not A/C. I can understand why A/C wouldn't be important in lots of other parts of the country, but here it is. When you look up how many people die from heat related causes, it's really surprising.
    JulieJacobKyle

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 3:58 PM on Apr. 10, 2012

  • In some cases I think there should be...like if you are elderly, or if the person has asthma. My nephew has real asthma, and when it gets really bad when its humid and he lives in FL. After hurricane Charlie, he had to go to the ER cause he haad a hard time breathing, and the landlord wouldn't fix the A/C, and he knew about it for weeks prior and knew my nephew had issues. Well, my sis got an atty and sued the landlord and got the medical bills paid. My nephew'[s ped actually wrote some kinda form saying it was a medical necessity for AC. He has since moved further north and the humidity isn't as bad.
    Michigan-Mom74

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 4:40 PM on Apr. 10, 2012

  • I'm iffy on this one. I'm well aware that the entire world lived without air conditioning at one point ~ and not really all that long ago.

    I'm also well aware of how the housing codes have changed our construction methods, how HOA's screw up natural heating/cooling abilities of homes, and how cities and large towns create buildings that can not be cooled by any natural means any longer.

    People used to build their homes a lot less than 'air tight' and they 'breathed'. They used to build them so the windows ALL used the prevailing wind patterns for cooling. Many had sleeping porches. Most were single homes with windows on all sides, not banks of apartments stacked up with windows only on one side. Some of this is because of codes, some is just because people are more worried about esthetics than anything so practical as a self cooling home.

    If people are forced to build/live this way, they deserve AC.
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 5:00 PM on Apr. 10, 2012

  • At what point is it that it is a necessity?

    When dozens of elderly people die of heat-related causes in the span of 2-3 days. There's also the air quality. How many ozone action days did they have in July and August back in the 50's?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:10 PM on Apr. 10, 2012

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