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I wonder what it would have been like to live without an air conditioner and furnace

Does it dawn on you that before the 19th century, people had no access to air conditioners or furnaces? I don’t mean that they were scarce.

  • HVAC units were simply non-existent.

In fact, for the thousands of years that humans have been on this earth, there have been no furnaces or air conditioners like the ones that we have today. I often wonder what it would have been like to live during the days without air conditioners or furnaces. From reading the books written during that time, I highly doubt that life was as miserable as we might imagine. People laughed, danced, worked, and relaxed without the comfort of an air conditioner. From what I have read, people back then used to know how to build houses so that there was no need for an air conditioner. The location and setup of their house would allow for natural cooling, getting rid of the need for an air conditioner. Without a furnace, people had one of three choices. They could build their house partially underground so that they did not need a heating system to stay warm. They could have built their house closer to the equator so that they did not need a heating system. Finally, they could build a wood boiler and eliminate the need for a furnace altogether. This was the most common method of heating. If you have a wood stove, you can cook and heat your house using wood as fuel. This fuel source was reliable and available to the average person. Still, I am glad that I have a furnace and air conditioner.

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