I feel like a point that Edward Ozimek brought up this week that ties into our discussion last week was when he was talking about how people should just get more comfortable with life. He brought up that people should just get used to temperatures in their houses being not exactly what they want it to be. He gave the example of how his neighbors would have their air conditioning running when they could easily open the windows and let the cool air in. People are just so used to having their comfort set by artificial air.
I never had central air conditioning in my house when I grew up, so last year when I lived in the Clifton-Fullerton resident’s hall; the air conditioning was very extreme to me. My roommate always had our air on in our room and I would be sitting in our room during the first few weeks of school in sweatshirts and heavy socks because I would be so cold in the room.
I feel like I have grown up without central air and I have managed just fine. If everyone would take the advice to just let the natural air or fans cool you, they would eventually adapt to that.
This year I live in a dorm that does not have the central air, and the beginning of school brought a lot of very warm days, but my roommate and I managed just fine. I feel like if the option was just taken away, everyone would find a way to adapt and start the beginning of not wasting energy and resources on cooling a room that would be comfortable with a natural breeze.