when it's hot, sunny, and humid out...do you run your air conditioner all day

United States
July 17, 2009 10:29am CST
We are just starting to get the typical summer weather here , and today is sunny, and humid! While I do have room air conditioners, I hate having my house all closed up all the time. So what I usually try to do is go around the house and follow the sun, by closing the windows in the room where the sun is presently coming in at, and closing the curtains, and blinds; and then when the sun moves to the other part of the house, I open the windows in the first room room, and close them on the side of the house that the sun is on presently. I usually keep the blinds closed all day, so as not to let the sun in completely. I have to say that it works much better, and my house always feels cool when I come in from outside. Even if I am working all day, I completely keep my windows shut, and blinds closed all day and I run the ceiling fans to get air. I hate coming into a house after work, and feeling the heat that I let in while I was gone. What do you do?
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• China
18 Jul 09
when out, i'll close the window and blinds. but on the time i return, i'll open all the doors, windows and blinds,lol...i like fresh air the most. in fact, i really dont like to open the a/c.
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• United States
18 Jul 09
I am with you there, would rather have fresh air, than A/C. But if I am home, I hate windows closed, and living in the dark because of the curtains and blinds being closed. We seem never to be satisifed.. Well, just think, in another 4 - 5 months, we will be wishing we were hot again.
• China
19 Jul 09
in another 4-5 months, will be hot again? but we will be cool then.
@jenlooi (60)
• Malaysia
18 Jul 09
If you are staying in a tropical country like me where weather is hot, sunny and humid throughout the day; you will have no choice but to switch on the air-conditioner at times. I normally opened the windows and sliding door in the morning to have fresh air. As noon approached, I have no choice to close all the windows and door and switched on the air-conditioner. It depends on the weather, if the weather is too hot; I'll leave it on till evening. As for bedtime, my air conditioner is always switched on until I get up from bed the next morning.
• Malaysia
20 Jul 09
I'm staying in a country with tropical climate. We do not have any 4 seasons in a year, it's hot throughout the year. Luckily I stay at home on weekends only and the rest of the days I'm working in office with air cond facilities.
• United States
18 Jul 09
WOW...your electric bill must be enormous....do you have cold weather in the winter months?
@twoey68 (13667)
• United States
18 Jul 09
We have central air and it has been on non-stop for about the last 2 months. Hubby has high blood pressure and I get heat strokes really easily so it's better for both of us to keep our home cool. I also sleep better when I'm not hot and sweaty. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
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• United States
18 Jul 09
Yes, I agree that it is better to sleep in A/C then in the high humidities.
• United States
18 Jul 09
Yes every single say on summer
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• United States
18 Jul 09
WOW...you must have a high electric bill...
• United States
18 Jul 09
when its February and it gets to 30c we open the air conditioner every day .. even when we are not home .. im from kuwait - MiddleEast
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• United States
18 Jul 09
Interesting...In February, we have cold, windy weather, and lots of snow. Would love to go an visit your country.
@sharone74 (4840)
• United States
18 Jul 09
Here in the southern california desert where the temperature is 115 today and expected to be 117 tomorrow we run our air conditioners almost constantly. There is the rare evening or night that it get's down into the low eighties or high seventies in the middle of the night but our air conditioner kicks on and off all day. We set it between 78 and 80 though. Some of my friends like their house 65 degrees and when I go to visit them my fingertips go numb it's so cold in their houses! But people respond different ways to the extreme heat of the California desert! We just recently swapped out our swamp cooler for air conditioning. Swamp coolers just don't work well in 117 degree heat and if there is even a little humidity forget it!
• United States
18 Jul 09
I used to live in California, many years ago, near LA, but I don't remember it being that hot. I do remember the hot sun, and no place to hide in the shade because of the palm trees. That's one the good things here, when you are outside, we are able to sit under a big elm tree to get away from the sun. But the humidity can still be unbearable. It exhausts us, wipes our energy out from under us, and we don't want to do anything.
@zhuhuifen46 (3274)
• China
18 Jul 09
I would not run the air conditioner all day. This modern appliance does help us a lot in dealing with the scorching summer, so that these years, high fever and first aid are much less seen in hospitals. However, human body must go along with the nature. We cannot confine us in AC rooms. Fresh air must be let in to get more oxygen, and after a bit sweat, one feels comfortable. Of course, to compensate the loss of energy and water, more drink, and with proper intake of salt, is necessary to keep healthy.
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• United States
18 Jul 09
You are right! I find it funny that we hate to be cold in the winter months, but when it's hot in the summer, we run the AC so we can be cold. Human nature is never satisfied is it? I think our bodies need to experience all of mother nature's events. Thanks for responding.
@shia88 (4584)
• Malaysia
18 Jul 09
I can't live without an aircon...Lately my country is on summer season...super hot like being in an Oven. I will On my aircon once I entered my bedroom..No aircon, I don't think I can sleep well.
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• United States
18 Jul 09
I agree, that is the toughest part, sleeping in the humidty. I do enjoy the a/c in my bedroom, cuddled up with a big blanket... Thanks for responding.
@yogambal_64 (1017)
• India
18 Jul 09
NO, I do not run my air conditioner all day. It is not good always to enjoy the comfort and cool of the A.c. However hot or humid the day is we should inhale a certain amount fresh air.
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• United States
18 Jul 09
During the day, there isn't much fresh air, when it's humid out, so I don't mind closing my windows, and curtains in the afternoon,but in the early evenings, and mornings, I have to feel the cool air. But at this time of the year, the allergies also kick in during the evening hours, and it makes me miserable.
• India
18 Jul 09
No, not for the whole day but for a maximum of 4 hours
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• United States
18 Jul 09
If I were to chose which 4 hours, I would have to choose the time that I was sleeping...Hate sleeping in humidity. Thanks for responding.
@Shadorma (58)
• United States
18 Jul 09
I leave my ac on all day. If I turn it on in the afternoon when it really gets hot, then it runs too much and actually forms an inch layer of ice on it, in 100 degree weather! Then I have to shut it off and wait for it to melt off, by that time it's evening and cooler outside, so open the windows. It might get a little cool in the mornings with the ac on, but it's worth the cool afternoon with a functioning ac unit! :) Plus I have pets, they shouldn't have to suffer from the heat.
• United States
18 Jul 09
I always feel bad for my cat, when it's hot and humid...the poor thing. So, when my a/c is not on, I put fans on the floor or in the windows, to cool him off. I even wipe him down with a cold face cloth sometimes, just so he doesn't get overheated.
• United States
18 Jul 09
Yes I do, I live in TX so it is hot here right now and my AC bill is out the roof.
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• United States
18 Jul 09
I can imagine that it must be sky high, just like the oil bills we get during our winter months.
• United States
18 Jul 09
I usually run it later during the day but not the morning or at night. During the day I will not turn on any lights and I disconnect or turn off things that emit a lot of heat such as computers, routers, tv's, and pretty much anything that can vent out heat except the refrigerator. It usually helps and just having a window or two open can help with the heat since it vents out your house.
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• United States
18 Jul 09
I find the I need it the most at night...when I am sleeping. Then I cuddle up with a big blanket...kind of ironic.
@Anandhh (389)
• India
18 Jul 09
hi sweetchariot :) nope!! i wont run my A/c all the day.....i will use it especially during afternoons....cuz my house will be so heat and cant tolerate it...so i ll be using a/c during afternoons and also during nights....i ll adjust to some extent during morning hours by using ceiling fan....our body gets heats up when we use it for long hours...so try to use it during noon,nights....according to ur heat condition in ur house.....!! happy mylotting
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• United States
18 Jul 09
What I don't like is using the A/C alot, and then when you walk outside it is more intolerable because you've gotten so used of the cool air in the house. So I try to tolerate the heat as much as I can before I stick on the A/C. And if I have to put it on all day, then I don't go out again until we get a cool wave.
@kprofgames (2906)
• United States
17 Jul 09
Well my furnace/central air unit went out a year ago. When installed a new furance, I didn't opt for central air. In all honesty, I didn't turn it one for 2 years prior to it going out. I have a house that is surrounded by trees. I open my windows at night and put a box fan in them - this sucks all the cool night air in. Then I shut all the windows and curtans and run the ceiling fan during the day. My house rarely gets over 80 degrees. Humidity gets to us and in my state we only have a few weeks here or there that the humidity is high enough for a person to suffer. If we have a few days of hot weather, then I jsut take the kids to the pool that day and we're fine.
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• United States
17 Jul 09
Same here...we actually only have 6 weeks of summer here, when it is really hot out, and it isn't all at once...very rarely does it stay hot for several days in a row. So I often can bear it for the short time we have it.
@thea09 (18224)
• Greece
17 Jul 09
Hi Sweetchariot, even though it's the height of the summer now and tempratures are reaching 40 degrees C I don't have air conditioning in the house. This kind of heat is only for about 2 months and then it will become more manageable. I don't actually like air conditioning except briefly when I step out of the heat into a shop. I have portable fans in the house but at the moment they just move the hot air around. It is cooler downstairs where we sleep but at night I close the wooden shutters because of the mosquitos and flying things which come in towards the light. Early morning i open all the doors and windows and hope for a breeze.
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• United States
17 Jul 09
I have two room air conditioners that I haven't even put up yet, because the heat has become manageable. I think it's at night, where I am uncomfortable, but I hate to take it out, and get used of it; then I will want it everytime.
@faisai (1141)
• Hong Kong
17 Jul 09
I don't switch on the air con all day as it waste too much energy but not quite doing its job very efficiently. In fact, if the sun is shinning into the room directly, switching on the air con can only offset a part of the heat from the sun at best. So, what I actually do is to switch on the fan for better ventilation. If it really gets too bad, I will opt to go to the shopping malls where free air con is on for everyone. And the saved electric bill can always buy me some cold drinks to enjoy the day.
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• United States
17 Jul 09
It's awful, but when it is humid and hot, and sunny, I hybernate in the afternoons; I try to go out and enjoy the cool morning breeze, but then I stay home during the hot peaks of the day, and then go out again at night, after the sun goes down. While I love the air conditioner at the malls, I know I have to go back outside in order to get home..lol...and that makes me more miserable having to go thru the heat. Thanks for responding.
• Philippines
17 Jul 09
When it is too hot here in our country, Manila, Philippines, we used the air-conditioning unit for a maximum of 4 hours in the morning if the heat is unbearable and electric fan is not enough to make you feel better.
• United States
17 Jul 09
I love to use the electric fan in the evenings, when it is a cool night, and you want to feel the cool air on you. It feels wonderful, and it's like the real thing...for some reason, I just think the air conditioner is like having fake air coming into the room.
• United States
18 Jul 09
when its February and it gets to 30c :( we open our air conditioner everyday even when we are out of the house 0.o
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18 Jul 09
It is always hot here in Philippines,so Im kind of used to it but I really hate summer days cause it's causing my migraine..During summer days, we experience too much humidity,so whta we do is open all the windows and screen doors is open too.. When it is too hot I do get heatstroke so what I do is to turn on the aircon for a while not for long cause I don't want to waste energy that much..
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