When you live in the far north, heating and cooling concerns almost always sway towards your heating system. When weather regularly drops below zero and snow storms pile up the white stuff three feet above your window sill, you can’t afford to go without a solid heating method otherwise you could literally freeze to death. This is something that actually happens more often than people realize, someone is so poor they can no longer afford to heat their house and a neighbor or family member eventually finds them. Even more sad is that it’s usually the old who it happens to. So even if it’s burning wood, everyone is focused on keeping indoor spaces warm more than keeping them cool like you’d expect in the south. Well, because of this, my family went without an air conditioner for most of my time as a kid. We had mild weather in the spring and fall, but once late July rolled around, you could mistake the weather for a random heat wave in a town in the deep south. We used fans in every room to attempt at getting an airstream going with the open windows, but it never worked out like we hoped. I had become accustomed to two months of sweaty misery before the cold weather came back in mid September. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that my family invested in a central heating and cooling system. After that point, I was absolutely in love with air conditioning. Some people take it for granted, but I’ll never forget the 14 years I spent living without AC.