I keep thinking that because I spent most of my formative years in the south, and especially in New Orleans, that I would be used to the heat by now. That somehow because of where I grew up that I would naturally be able to combat the triple digit weather and the “cut through with a knife” humidity.
But that did not happen.
I suppose it happened a little bit. I can get by wearing jeans in the summertime, which helps when I work at the SPCA because it’s required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes while volunteering. But I’m mostly in the air conditioned parts of the facility, not out in the sweltering sun.
In New Orleans, it is ludicrous to purchase a car without A/C. I suppose the same is true here in Dallas, too. And, of course, it is ludicrous to try to stay in a house without a working A/C as well.
But since we bought our house, I have done it…on multiple occasions.
The first time that I can remember was back in 2012, August, one of the hottest months of the year. Luckily, or by the grace of God, it rained a lot that week, making the weather a lot cooler than it could have been. I remember I worked from home, and Michael moved everything downstairs so I wouldn’t have to work in the hottest room in the house. And we camped out in the living room. Actually, I wrote an entire post about it here.
And then we got a new unit a couple years ago. It worked fine until last year when the coil malfunctioned and turned out to be a recall. And the horrible, terrible, no good, very bad company (who shall not be named because they would change the name anyway – because they have three times) came in and did a horrible job replacing it. All summer the A/C was going crazy, and I happened to be pregnant at the time. At the beginning of August, the A/C finally went kaput and we stayed in a hotel. Because my pregnant butt wasn’t going to do that in August.
Everything got straightened out pretty quickly with a much better company at the helm. We will call them the Superhero Company.
Just to give context, we had a kaput A/C at the beginning of August, and we lost our daughter at the end of August. No correlation or connection. But if there weren’t family birthdays in this month, I would be tempted to write the whole month off, altogether.
Fast forward to last week. Friday night, to be exact. It was raining. The A/C was running fine all day, doing its job.* And then it started to sputter to a stop. We woke up the next morning and it wouldn’t turn on. We called our home warranty, and they set us up with that Superhero Company that saved us last year. They would come, but it wouldn’t be until Monday. So, the dogs (including a foster dog) and Michael and I camped out in the living room. I had a free night at La Quinta that I could have cashed in, but with the foster dog, and with my lovable pup Teddy, I just couldn’t subject anyone to the chaos.
So, Monday evening, the Superhero Company came out and told us the board wasn’t working upstairs. It needed to be replaced, but they managed to at least get air flowing through the vents again. It wouldn’t do much, but it would remove the humidity from the air. I mean, it was humid in the most ridiculous way. I would take a shower, dry off, and within an hour, I would be right back to that sticky, icky feeling. They came in two days later to replace the board and fixed a few other things, all under the nice home warranty service charge. They are amazing. Have I mentioned that yet? Because they are.
So, I’ve been reminded again just how important the A/C is in Texas. It’s not just to keep us cool and comfortable, but also to remove the humidity from the air that causes food on dirty dishes to mold at an unbelievable rate. And I’m glad that this time it happened at the beginning of the summer, again during a rainy, cooler part of the summer, so that we weren’t incredibly hot and uncomfortable.
But let’s just pray/think happy thoughts that the A/C decides to behave this summer, shall we? I definitely cannot do without it!
*The A/C doing its job in the Vendetti household means keeping the summer temps between 72-74 at night and 75-77 during the day.