Never. I love in Seattle, where it only occasionally tips into the 90s, and then usually for just a few days. During those events I keep the blinds closed during the day, open them at night, and basically just ride it out.
Buying a bulky machine that will clutter up my life during the other 360 non-hot days of the year just ain’t my bag, man. It ain’t my gig, bro. It ain’t my metier, François. It ain’t my obiceiul, Prieten, etc etc
Around these parts, once it hits 75-80 degrees, it’s almost always humid as fcuk, so we need to run the HVAC to at least lower the indoor humidity, or we’ll start to mildew! When I lived in CA (East Bay) I didn’t even have A/C, so it’s not just the air temp that’s an issue…
@cbl_wv Yeah, I live basically in the swamp. We’re dry now, but it will rain in a week or two, then daily until November. So it’s all humidity and mold and mildew and insects you are convinced should have died out with the dinosaurs.
For me, A/C is more about reducing humidity than heat. Last weekend, I booted up the A/Cs for the first time since last October, not because of the heat (was only mid-70’s) but because I was sitting around sweating from doing next to nothing.
A/C is one of those ‘battles’ we have at the house. SHMBO is much more cold natured than I am, though I function OK at both ends of the thermostat. We usually try to tough it out until the inside temps are mid-80s in the daytime because by then the humidity means having to break out a snorkel…
I tell people all the time it’s better to be a bit cold than too hot… You can always add clothes until you get warm, I can only take off so much before I get naked and arrested… and still be hot…
@chienfou I start to lose function in my hands when it’s below 70, even if I’m wearing a wool sweater.
I can empathize with people who are sitting in a pool of their own sweat at 80, but I’ll take heat over cold any day.
We have room air conditioners so it’s the low temperature that dictates when I turn the bedroom AC on. If it is still over 70 at 12 or 1AM I turn it on. My son has allergies so uses his AC from May thru June regardless of the temperature.
@callow If you ever have to replace those I would HIGHLY suggest mini-split systems. I put two into our poohouse/guest house (one upstairs one down) and LOVE them. Did the installation myself, and they are very efficient and super quiet. A little more up front but still a great deal.
@Limewater no need, it was all flare fittings. I used these guys and bought a set of vacuum gauges/pump off Amazon. The kits came pre-charged, and were pretty simple to install if you are at all handy (did all the wiring and unit hanging by myself with no problem). The kits came with good instructions and they are happy to answer any questions you might have. Super nice guys to work with.
I even drove up from Central AL to the warehouse in Louisville KY to pick up the units since I was in a bit of a hurry due to expected company from overseas. Got all the parts and accessories I needed into a Pontiac Vibe with no problem.
A few months after the install I had a unit that the circuit board got toasted on during a hurricane/tropical storm that rolled through locally and they sent me a new board under warranty. I only had to send them a pic of the old board with the capacitor that failed (it was all swollen and the case cracked) Swapped out the board with no trouble.
I turn it on in April and leave it running until October. If it gets cool at night (60’s) I will turn it off and open the windows but forget trying to sleep when it’s humid and 80+ degrees. I live in Virginia.
In Florida it’s more like, when do you turn it off? Technically, almost never. There was a few days that I opened my sliding door during the day. There was a couple of days that I used my electric fireplace. I think I might of turned the ac to heat a few nights.
I love the heat and I hate air conditioning. Our summers in PA are 85-95 most days, with mild humidity. My house is in the middle of the woods, lots of shade to cut down on the heat. If its too hot to sleep, the basement stays a cool 60-something.
I live just north of San Diego, about a mile and a half of the ocean. There is almost always a cool breeze blowing off the ocean, so I average about 3–4 days a year where I’d like air conditioning. On those days, I just go to the library for a bit.