I live in the northeastern part of the country, and we are known for the severity of our winter weather.
My local area is often referred to as the “snow belt.” Our proximity to one of the larger Great Lakes results in a tremendous amount of snowfall and especially cold temperatures.
For approximately eight months, we endure below-freezing conditions and are forced to rely on the heating system. It takes awhile for our weather to finally warm up in the spring, and we usually don’t enjoy more than a couple months of summer. Because of this, there’s no need to invest in a central cooling system. However, box fans and open windows aren’t enough to keep us cool on those hot days and nights. The temperature sometimes climbs into the high eighties or even low nineties, and we deal with excessive humidity. Trying to sleep at night is just about impossible. To combat the heat and humidity, I’ve invested in portable air conditioners for each of the bedrooms in my home. These compact cooling units are the perfect solution. Each air conditioner only cost me about $150, and they are easy to install into the windows in the spring and remove in the fall. The independent air conditioners allow each family member to customize comfort to their preference. Because we only run the air conditioner at night, they don’t make a big impact on my monthly electric bill. Modern air conditioners are also quite energy efficient. The systems operate quietly, are powerful enough to handle demand and effectively filter the air. They keep the bedrooms much cleaner and healthier. The units require no maintenance beyond cleaning the filters every month, and operate reliably. They feature wireless remote control, which is super convenient. We don’t even need to get out of bed to make adjustment to temperature or fan speed.