Most folks in North America rely on at least one form of heating and cooling technology

I like to travel out of the country whenever I get a chance.

It started when my parents took me to Europe when I was eight years old.

We visited France, Spain, Italy, and Germany; looking at the beautiful architecture of Rome and Paris, along with the grand castles northward in Germany. Even though we didn’t have smartphones with 12 megapixel cameras on them, we did have Polaroids and disposable tourist cameras, so we took an abundance of photos that I still have copies of to this day. One thing I learned while being out of the country is how different life is for some in other countries. Aside from huge variations in diet and local customs, the things found in an average home aren’t necessarily the same in Europe as they are in North America. One example that comes to mind are indoor climate control systems. In my area, we use air conditioners half of the year and furnaces during the other half of the year. But in many places in Europe, they don’t even sell air conditioners. People might use central heating or wood burning setups, but few of the places I visited had air conditioners in use to the same degree that they are where I live in the U.S. Instead, many of the people who have resided in these places for centuries merely use wind through strategically-opened windows and doors. That’s at least how my parents cooled our house when I was a baby and they were low on money. As long as you don’t have severe allergies and can’t handle the pollen and spores coming in from outside, open windows are a viable way to keep a home cool.


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