It’s hot and so humid here in Pennsylvania, and most people in my town think I am crazy for not having central air conditioning in my home.
Having lived in the mountains of Vermont for most of my adult life, air conditioning was never an issue. While it was warm during the middle of the day, mornings and evenings were cool and comfortable.
Here in Pennsylvania, it’s pretty hot. But I find places with air conditioning too chilly, and after a long cold winter wearing layers of clothing, I relish the summer heat!
Here’s why I hate air conditioning, and even think it’s bad for our health:
1. I want to wear my cute summer clothes. Finally, after being cold straight through April, I get to dress in sleeveless tops and dresses and wear sandals! Why do I want to go into a building that is so chilly and I feel like I need a sweater or a blanket draped over my legs? I carry a sweater in my car just in case I need it to ward off the cold in a supermarket or restaurant–even when it’s 90 degrees outside.
2. I want to enjoy fresh air inside my home. Houses are closed up all winter long, and if you have central air, you continue to keep your house closed all summer, too! I like to open windows in the evening and early morning and smell the fresh air, which also reduces indoor air pollution (studies show that indoor air is often more toxic than outdoor air). Admittedly, during the day I have to close the windows and blinds on particularly hot days, but I like to be able to keep my home open and fresh for at least some portion of each day.
3. I need to feel the heat to eat for the season. I am a firm believer in eating seasonally, and when I am in a cold building all day, I get confused about what foods I want to eat. This time of year, I love to eat cooling foods like cucumber salad, melon soup, gazpacho, peaches sliced with cream, steamed green and yellow beans, zucchini pasta, and fresh-made vegetable juices. For protein, I find myself drawn to tofu, fish, or perhaps deviled eggs. It seems unnatural to eat heavy proteins and foods that create heat in the body this time of year. Summer is a great time to increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables that are so prevalent during the summer months, and heavy pasta dishes, meats, and stews are unappealing if we allow ourselves to feel the heat.
4. I love showers! In the winter, I prefer baths, but at this time of year, I am taking three showers a day (quick ones, in an effort to be eco-friendly!). I love taking at least one cold shower a day as well, usually right before bed. Another reason I love taking so many showers is for the opportunity to try all the wonderful products we are now selling in our store (sorry for the shameless plug!). Our rainwater bar soaps by Farmaesthetics are pure luxury. These 100% natural herbal soaps are handmade in small seasonal batches for the purest shower experience around. My current favorite is the moisturizing aloe and lemongrass bar. If you prefer body wash, Acure’s ultra-hydrating coconut and pumpkin wash smells incredible and is super moisturizing.
So, perhaps even if you do have an air conditioner you’ll try turning it off for a and join me in soaking up this heat! Soon enough it will be time for making soups and stews and wearing scarfs and sweaters.