I grew up in the northern part of the country, and I was very accustomed to the cold weather and snow. I always hated it. I don’t like being trapped inside the house, depending on the furnace for comfort. Running the furnace for months at a time creates a very stuffy and dry indoor environment. Getting any fresh air was a challenge. I couldn’t step outside without bundling up in layers of sweaters, wool coat, knitted hat, gloves and heavy boots. I despised shoveling the snow out of the driveway and scraping ice off the car’s windshield. Once I graduated from college, I couldn’t wait to move down south. I didn’t even pack my wool coat or my sweaters. I traded them in for shorts, sandals and sunblock. I threw away my ice scraper and snow shovel, and found a job and an apartment as close to the beach as I could afford. I was totally shocked by the intensity of the heat down south. I hadn’t realized that I would suddenly be as reliant on air conditioning as I once was on the furnace. With temperatures climbing into the triple digits, I had no choice but to run the air conditioner. I was once again trapped inside the house and desperate for fresh air. Unfortunately, if I stepped outside, I was immediately covered in sweat. It wasn’t even possible to dress for the weather. I spent a couple of years down south, and came to despise the heat as much as the cold. I once again packed up and moved, choosing a location with a more moderate temperature. I now have a heat pump installed in my house, and require both heating and cooling throughout the year. Because the weather is not severe, however, it is never unpleasant to step outside and get some fresh air.