It is so hot. It's only the beginning of June and yesterday it was 87 degrees in our house, all day long. Swamp coolers work here, very well; the climate is incredibly dry and there are no issues with mold. And they don't cost very much. We are scrimping every penny but I'm beginning to think that installing a swamp cooler, if we can do it for like $600, would be worth it, even if it means our savings won't last quite as long. Because we are both dying in this house right now, and summer hasn't even officially started.
Damn it, why didn't we do this LAST summer when we had two incomes and could have easily afforded the expense? Then right now the house would be cool and the money would be long gone and we wouldn't miss it.
But having a cool house would be worth every single one of the sacrifices we've already made. The trips we haven't taken, the meals out we haven't eaten, the stuff we haven't bought, the Christmas bracelet I returned, the concerts we haven't attended, the luxury groceries we haven't cooked with. The too-big clothes, the siding and windows that need to be replaced, the trips to the library and months-long waiting lists for books I'm dying to read, the budgeting, oh the FREAKING budgeting.
It adds up to way more than $600 in savings, WAY more, and I would happily keep doing it for as long as I need to, and possibly even after that, if only it didn't feel like my body was on fire every time I stepped away from the fan even for a second, and I could touch my husband when we were lying in bed at night without both of us feeling like we're going to melt on the spot.
It is just so HOT in here. I can't even remember how I survived living in Senegal for five months, with even hotter conditions, and more humidity, and certainly no AC, and only the crappiest of fans. I survived, I did, but I also sweated like nuts. And there was an end in sight. And apparently I'm wimpier now.
And the funny thing is, I LIKE the heat. I hated the heat in North Carolina where it was intolerably humid round the clock, but I like it here in Denver where it's nice and dry. Really, I do. But I like it outside my house. I want the house to be a nice cool sanctuary. I want to step in the house and feel noticeably cooler air compared to outside. And I don't. There is hardly a difference between inside and out. Except at night, when it's hotter inside, even with all the windows open and the ceiling fans on.
Is it worth $600 to have a cool house? Objectively speaking, absolutely. But when you have no money and you carefully consider every dollar before spending it? Then it's a harder question.
In the meantime, I'll be camped out in front of the fan.
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