I live in an area with seriously long, cold and snowy winter seasons. I have invested a fortune into a powerful oil furnace, which operates for multiple weeks out of the year. Due to having the home closed up tight, oil furnace blasting for the most of the year, I look forward to the milder weather. I’m excited to be able to open the windows and bring in some fresh air. I also don’t mind the relief from the excessive energy costs as well. Our Summer season is rather short, cool and damp. I have never felt the need to install a central cooling system into the home. A few box fans and portable air conditioners in the bedrooms gets us through the Summer heat. This past summer, however, was unusually long, sizzling and uncomfortable. The outside weather warmed up in early March. With the outside rapidly increasing temperatures in the upper eighties, and ungodly humidity, the home was overheated and sticky. The electric fans didn’t give much relief let alone cool air. I swear the inside of the home was a higher temperature than the outside air. While eating lunch or enjoying television in the night, our whole family was sizzling and complaining with sweat beads on their faces. We all tried cool showers and drank lots of ice water. We also went to bed early every night in order to take advantage of the portable air conditioners. The small window units struggled to keep up with our demand. My Summer electric bills were overly pricey, but there was no way the people I was with and I could sleep without from the air conditioners. Even with the air conditioner running at maximum capacity all night long, our bedroom wasn’t close to being cool.