Got through the summer with less air conditioning

I’ve always like and appreciated where I live.

My wife and I are lucky to have the sort of house that is a sanctuary and a haven.

That was particularly good when we spent nearly all our time inside that house during the pandemic. Both of us were stopped from going to work in our downtown offices. The company wanted us to work from home and didn’t open up those perfectly HVAC controlled offices until just a few short months ago. So we spent a hot summer inside the air conditioning at home instead of at the office. But we didn’t change our thermostat discipline because we were working from home. We maintained our normal thermostat programming which allowed the indoor temperature to rise to 80 degrees or just above during the heat of the day. This was easily the warmest work days my wife and I have ever experienced. However, there was an upside to less air conditioning. Since we weren’t in the office, we could work in shorts and t-shirts. Even when we had meetings online, we’d put on dress shirts but leave on our shorts and flip flops. We also used fans to help feel cooler when it was hot during the peak heating hours of the day. I was actually sort of surprised by how quickly we were able to acclimate to such a warmer working environment. But that worked out good for us as well. In the morning and the evening, my wife and I would get out of the air conditioning and go for walks. And living with a warmer house during the day helped us be much more comfortable with the outside temperatures.

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