Heat minus humidity equals summer comfort

An ode to air conditioning


“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!”

How many times did I hear that phrase in my journeys through life as a kid during the summer time? It was my parents’ routine response to my whining about how hot it was during the out-of-school months of June, July and half of August.

Growing up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it was assumed that the homes and other buildings didn’t need air conditioning. After all, most people reasoned, we were in the mountains, right?

And, as an extension of that philosophy, a large majority of the cars and trucks driven there in the ’50s and ’60s didn’t have air conditioning. After all, we were in the mountains, right?

If you had AC in your car, you were considered someone of means; you had more dollars than sense (spell that “c-e-n-t-s,” if you’d like). Who needed air conditioning — either in the car or the house?

About the only place that had air conditioning were the movie theaters. It wasn’t as big of a selling point to us kids as it was to adults. It seemed that back then, if you were under a certain age you didn’t feel the need for cooler air (or less humidity, for that matter).

But through the years, things have changed in my life. I’ve become a tremendous fan (oops, sorry, no pun intended again) of air-conditioning, whether in the house, the car, the office or the cinema.

I don’t know if it is a fact of life that an adult can’t tolerate heat as well as can a youngster, but air conditioning really has become an important topic of discussion in the past 25 years, or so, even back in “my” WNC mountains.


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