Beating the heat

It gets hot in the summer where I live, like anywhere else, and with all the smells that abound on a horse farm, you don’t want to leave the windows open. It’s not that I mind the smell; after all, I raise thoroughbred horses. It kind of goes with the territory after all. It reminds you of your calling. It is part of the experience. It seems that central air conditioning is the way to go when it is hot, but it is also extravagant and costly. Given that we don’t already have it and are not about to lay down cash for a big expense, I have to be creative with alternative solutions. The first one that comes to mind is placing the best window fan models in strategic places around the house. Fans are the low-tech answer to summer weather. They are cheap, easy to install, and work beautifully in circulating air at any level you desire. The best ones will have several speeds so you can crank it up when the temperature soars. I can think of worse ways to beat the heat. It seems like such an antiquated concept, but people have been using the lowly fan for centuries. I remember using a floor model many hot nights which kept me sleeping quite comfortably. Why not put one in every room of the house. As I contemplate the problem, and it is a perennial one, getting central air would be a welcome luxury as it will operate for years and years to come. It would be an investment in good health. The farm is old; hence no such system was installed when we bought the property. I think it is time to take stock and make some real decisions.

Coming indoors after a long day with the horses, you are tired and sweaty. You need a break. You want to cool off. You take off our boots and shed any remaining heavy clothing. You pull up a chair and go grab a cold glass of lemonade. You turn on the fan if you have one. Central air is not just costly to install, but it runs up the utility bills. It doesn’t seem like a practical way to run a business. I have to poll my friends. How many of them have AC at home and how many have resorted to the simple, humble fan. In that I am wavering on the subject, I might just get a more powerful fan and call it a day. I may be belaboring this issue too much. We have made do for a long time now with what we have and no one is complaining. I think it is time to see what the rest of the family thinks and let them express their wishes. We will be democratic and take a vote. Money aside, the majority wins. Farm people are a stalwart lot, so I am not expecting any panty waists around my house to demand the central air any time soon, except maybe my sister.