I'm not sure where many of these women live, but here in Texas- it's a necessity. You NEED air conditioner in the summer. Hundreds of people die in the South without air conditioner in the summer. Especially the elderly, sick and children/infants. From heat strokes or heat exhaustion.
The last 3 summers my a/c has gone out at least once. Each time the temp inside the house has gone up to 100+ degrees. Once my candles on the table started melting! I know I've lost lipstick in the past. The last 3 summers have been record highs of 100+ degrees for over 100 days (I want to say 140 was the longest stretch but I could be wrong). Some places reached over 120 and then add humidity on top of that.
So- do you think it's a WANT or NEED for air conditioner?