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The changing of the szns is upon us, and we all know what that means. It’s time for your coworkers to open conversations with ‘lovely weather we’re having.’ It means wearing a coat to work in the morning that you’ll have to carry home in the afternoon. It means being outdoorsy again, and by that, I mean having drinks on the patio. And last: it means choosing between having the windows open or turning on the air conditioning.
Now, when I started writing this piece on a Thursday it was 75 and sunny. Sadly, just a few days later as I nurse my Sunday Scaries it’s 39 degrees and rainy. If it isn’t obvious enough from that description, I live in Ohio, where mother nature is apparently a big fan of Katy Perry’s 2008 smash hit “hot and cold” #m00d.
For now, I’m unfortunately bundled up in joggers and a sweatshirt with the heat on, but one day, I too will be forced to make this tough decision. So, without further (Freddy) ado… let’s get into it with a lil pros / cons.
We’ll break this bad boi down into three categories: cost, comfort, and noise.
Do you know how much it costs to open a window? If you guessed nothing then you’d be right, because it’s free. In a world where quite a few of us are struggling with student loans and bills, paying an arm and a leg to stay cool may not be an option. Or, you could be like my dad who chooses to keep the AC at 75, but I think that’s just because he wants to make the rest of us suffer.
For me personally I just blindly pay my bills and don’t look at what they charge me. Sure, I’ve overdrawn my account more times than I can count, and I’m probably grossly overpaying, but if it means I don’t have to look at another bill because I look at hundreds of them from 9-5 then that’s fine by me.
I don’t know about you guys, but I like to be comfortable. Cashmere sweater in the fall? Check. Fuzzy blanket in the winter? Double check. Stretch khakis from the Gap (Gapkis)? Heck yea.
In the words of the late, great, John Mulaney: “I got a massage and the woman told me to undress to my comfort level. So I put on a sweater and a pair of corduroy pants, and I felt safe.” When the window is open you’re at the mercy of mother nature and the elements, and if I wanted that I’d go camping…. Or be homeless. I need a nice, cool, temperature controlled environment, ya know, like your office.
Now I’ll admit it’s around 70 degrees I’ll toss a window open and let the breeze blow in, but anything about above that and its windows down, AC on.
Vote: Temperature pending, AC
I’m a light sleeper, so when many of my friends talk about falling asleep with the tv on again I can only sit there in jealousy. Heck, my girlfriend has fallen asleep when we’ve been on dates to football and hockey games, but that more may be about how I’m a lousy date and less about her being tired.
Like discussed above, when you have the window open you’re exposed to the elements. There could be animals making noises, kids yelling, or douchebags revving their engines. Do you know what helps quiet all those things down? Say it with me: a closed window.
For those counting at home, I’m 3* for 3 for AC; the asterisk given to comfort based on what temperature it is outside. But if you think about it, no one in their right mind would be comfortable when it’s 30 outside with the AC on, unless they’re Mr Freeze from Batman & Robin, which in that case he’d be dropping some hilarious puns, and who doesn’t love that?.