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The US obsession with air conditioning

 
 
Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 08:25 am
As I write this I am sitting in a library near Philadelphia, wearing two sweaters and a wool cap. And I am STILL FREEZING. The only reason I do not wear gloves in the library is because I need to work the keyboard. Why does it have to be so COLD?

I have been to Europe three times and never experienced this summer obsession with frigid air conditioning. And, after the library, I will board a frigid train to return to Philadelphia and ONLY when I enter my efficiency apartment will I find salvation from this frigid cold.

Americans are a weird lot with this desperation for 'cool'. I am most comfortable at about 82 F (about 27 C). Why is no one else in the USA content with reasonable and normal heat in the summer? We obsess with seeking cold in the summer.

The Broad Street subway line in Philadelphia runs at about 65 F (about 18 C). WHY????? Everyone is chilly but nothing is ever done to stop that (very expensive to operate) COLD.

We obsess with drinking liquids that are ice cold, not merely cool. Why do Europeans NOT have to have ice in their drinks? Are they smarter than we are? I think that that is a distinct possibility. - David Lyga
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 08:40 am
We have ice in our drinks in Europe.

People are usually asked if they want it or not.

Many decline because the source can be a bit suspect.

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VABGirl
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 09:37 am
I keep the AC at 76 except just before bed time i get the inside temp to 72 then shut it off for the night
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 09:59 am
@VABGirl,
I can live at a wide range of temps. Its the humidity that kill me. We can keep it at 76 at home and at a60 F dew point inside. Really like 55 or lower but dont get annoyed.
Many libraries just keep it cold because of molds and humidity
maxdancona
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 10:17 am
@farmerman,
I am like Farmerman. I can deal with cold and you will see me with shorts and a t-shirt down to at least 60.

I am another person who doesn't do well with humidity. That is when I iss AC.

When I am working from home I wil use the AC more than any other time.
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hightor
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 11:19 am
@david lyga,
I hear you.

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We obsess with drinking liquids that are ice cold, not merely cool.


That always pisses me off. Draw a cup of water from a typical office water cooler and it'll give you an ice cream headache.

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Are they smarter than we are? I think that that is a distinct possibility.


Probably. Or, if not actually smarter, they're not as obsessed with the whole "bigger is better" mentality.

One of my friends who lives in Florida keeps his air conditioner at 80º — he runs it because it dehumidifies the interior space.
coluber2001
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 03:24 pm
I read that a group of Russian cams to Dallas in the summer and claimed it was the coldest place they'd ever been. It's sometimes icy inside buildings.
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 03:25 pm
@hightor,
80 is comfortable with a fan.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 07:03 pm
@coluber2001,
coluber2001 wrote:

80 is comfortable with a fan.


Depends on the humidity.
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VABGirl
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2021 07:44 pm
@farmerman,
Yea, humidity here in virginia beach is horrible in summer.
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Real Music
 
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Reply Sun 1 Aug, 2021 10:27 am
@david lyga,
1. When I am just lounging around in my home, I keep my Air condition set at approximately 78 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. If I am doing something that is physically active such as cleaning the house, I would then set my air condition to a cooler temperature.

3. But, when I am just lounging around in my home, 78 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit is very comfortable.

4. I do prefer my soft drinks, water, juices, sodas, to be very cold.

5. Whether or not I have ice in my beverage doesn't matter, just as long as my beverage is very cold.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2021 08:29 am
@david lyga,
Not sure it is just a US thing as I have traveled internationally and found that most places that area typically very hot - do this. I have no idea why - I am from the US and cannot stand the AC to be so freezing.

It is usually though in public places not personal homes. I rarely have gone into someone's house the AC has been the extreme cold that I have found in stores, restaurants, and other public places. So I wonder if this is more to something else - how it is determined that air conditioning should be set - the only thing I could find was air conditioning is sexist.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/08/04/429005094/women-theres-a-reason-why-youre-shivering-in-the-office

I also wonder if it has anything to do with the particular business - I remember in Aruba for example the air conditioning being extremely cold - especially in casinos and then I read the same thing about Las Vegas that the casinos have the AC particularly cold. I wonder if gambling and the cold means anything.

And especially feel AC is really high/cold in any of the tropical places I have visited. Mexico, Bahamas, etc.

Interesting thoughts though. Not sure if anyone has anything else.

I do have to agree with the ice in my drinks - I love my drinks icy cold.
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Medusax
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2021 12:06 pm
@VABGirl,
I do the same!!!
VABGirl
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2021 07:58 am
@Medusax,
Well, I knew you were an awesome person!!!
Medusax
 
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Reply Wed 4 Aug, 2021 10:49 pm
@VABGirl,
Well, I don't know about THAT...LOL!
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