Fresh Air Obsession

3 Dec

Living in Arizona means I live opposite the seasonal flow of the rest of the United States. This is our “summer,” when you can open the windows, and kids play outside. However, my family has a fresh air obsession all year round, which makes opening windows… a problem.

Technically, we’re in winter, and just to make you jealous, we have highs in the 70’s and lows in the 40’s… which is very cold for us. (All temperatures in Fahrenheit–sorry, world). However, in the summer, it gets up to 120 with lows of 90’s, so as I explain, it’s five months of terrible weather in exchange for seven months of gorgeous weather–it’s a good trade-off.

[NOTE: Here is where I exaggerate to express my frustration.] My family–let’s be honest, it’s my wife–MUST HAVE FRESH AIR! It’s hot as hell at 6 am, no matter, I have to crack the door… “for the cats.” The fact that we have a cat door and they can get out on their own doesn’t matter. It’s 50 degrees and freezing for folks who accept 120 degrees outside… nope, windows have to be open!

Is it better for us? Sure. It gets rid of stale air, makes the house smell better, maybe does better for us on a respiratory model. I’m perfectly willing to accept it when it’s ten degrees above or below comfort level. It’s the problem when they all leave the house, the windows are all open, the heater/AC is struggling to keep up with a losing battle, and I’m either freezing/sweating because they have to have fresh air. *sigh*

I’ll admit, I’m cheap. We keep the thermostat set six degrees above or below the comfort zone. So when I see lights left on, or windows left open with the heater blaring, or computers left on when they’ve been gone… it really irks me.

Is it a serious concern? No–but it’s something to complain about. 🙂 What does your family do that irks you? Let me know in the comments below!

2 Responses to “Fresh Air Obsession”

  1. erroneouschoices December 3, 2020 at 9:50 am #

    I live alone for these reasons 😋

  2. spwilcen December 3, 2020 at 3:37 pm #

    No. You don’t want me to start down that path. My family doesn’t want me to start down that path. The world doesn’t want me starting that path. I feel for ya. Empathize with ya. Can’t tell you what works for a fix. Ain’t found one yet. I will keep you posted. Don’t hold your breath. Good write. Good read.

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