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Air Conditioner - Necessity or Luxury?

Updated on March 29, 2015
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I want my air conditioner!

I was born and raised in a tropical climate and I can't live without an air conditioner. Some people consider air conditioning a luxury but to me it's a necessity as I get hot and sweat easily. My dad however, didn't care much for it. In fact, he couldn't stand it. I thought that was weird until I knew another person exactly like him. My mom didn't care one way or the other.

I grew up in a house with no air conditioning. When I was little whenever we went out shopping or stayed at a nice hotel I noticed that it was nice and cool there. My mom told me that was because they used something called an "air conditioner." So I naively thought that that luxury stuff was only used in public or commercial places and not in individual homes since we didn't have one.

As I grew up I realized that many homes actually had air conditioners. So I told my dad it would be great to have one in our house too, but he said he didn't like it. He said it wasn't natural. He preferred the fresh and natural cool mountain air. By the way, most of the time we went to the mountains for vacation, which was nice. I loved the cool mountain air too but we lived in a very warm and humid city, and I wouldn't mind having an artificial cool air at home :)

Window air conditioners - An air conditioning system for a single room

When I was in middle school we moved into a new house in a nice neighborhood where most of the homes had air conditioning. My dad finally gave in and bought a window conditioner for my room. Needless to say, I was overjoyed.

Portable air conditioners - Different types of air conditioning system

A portable air conditioner is one on wheels that can be easily transported inside a home or office. Portable true air conditioners come in two forms, split and hose.

Evaporative coolers, sometimes called conditioners, are also portable but do not have a compressor or condenser. They work by evaporaring liquid water on the cooling fins, releasing the vapour into the cooled area. The advantage is that they don't require hoses to vent heat outside the cooled area, making them truly portable; they are also very cheap to install and use less energy than refrigerative air conditioners. The disadvantages are that unless ambient humidity is low (dry climate) cooling is limited and the cooled air is very humid and can feel clammy.

Source: Wikipedia.

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Auto air conditioner - I need air conditioning in my car too

Our car back home wasn't air conditioned either. Back then air conditioning wasn't a standard equipment in regular cars (only in luxury ones). When I was in college I had my own car and still air conditioning was optional at the time. I had to add it later on after I had the money. It wasn't too bad because I was living up north, and it was cool most of the time, but it could get quite warm in the summer.

Whether you like it and consider it a necessity or don't care for it (like my dad) and consider it a luxury, share your thoughts.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I grew up in phoenix az we were not of money to say the least. We had a a/c unit but, it was a FORBIDDEN button. What you listed as an evaporator we call a "swamp cooler" it worked quite well until temps hit above 108° F. After that it seemed the water didn't even make it to the device. None of the cars I grew up with had a/c or at least one that worked. We said our vehicle had 2 40 a/c 2 windows down 40mph. I didn't have a truck with a/c until I was 23 just kind of used to it. I now have a fairy decent wage job but still never put my a/c below 85°

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      OMG, may I sincerely share with you something? I have always been conservative in many things -- A/C and heat! But, after wintering in mom's fifth wheel, I have come to appreciate a new appreciation for being BRUTALLY hot and then not too long after that, BRUTALLY cold! In fact this morning ... when I knocked on mom's door and said, "the gas tank must be empty!" Living in the South, you expect to use that A/C; but using the furnace is a dose of reality. Reality at 5am EST.

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      rmstouffer 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I'll bookmark it for you, and feel free to visit my blog for homeowners about hvac frederick.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 6 years ago

      We have killer humidity here in Kansas City. Combine that with off the charts allergies and yeah, I NEED air conditioning. I'd be freakin' miserable without it.

      Thanks, air conditioning! :)

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Living in the south, air-conditioning is definitely a necessity! :)