The wife and I just got back from a trip to the islands. Neither one of us had ever been before, so it was a new kind of adventure for us. We spent two weeks in the tropical climate, and compared to where we live it was like a whole new world. This high north we get winters that last half the year, and the other half of the year isn’t much warmer. Part of me wishes we hadn’t gone to the islands, because it made coming home feel a lot more bleak than I would have imagined.
It’s not that we don’t know what air conditioning is up here, it just isn’t something that we need. We have never had an air conditioner in our house, and only a couple of times a year do we even think about getting one. Down in the islands, I couldn’t imagine living without having AC of some kind. It was great on the beach, of course, but so hot and humid all the time we would rush back to the resort and get back to some cooling. It was like the polar opposite of home, and I imagine most homes down there don’t even bother having a furnace. Even if it does get chilly, and I don’t know that it ever does, probably a little space heater would be enough to keep you warm.
After all, we visited the islands during the winter, and it was still hot enough to require an air conditioner most of the time. What does that tell you?