A  recent column in the Washington Post said that Americans rely far too much on air-conditioning. Except for health reasons during severe heat waves, it said, we should open some windows, let kids play outside, get to know the neighbors and enjoy much lower energy bills, all while helping the environment. Could you live without air-conditioning?

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JODI NIX

JODI NIX, Beavercreek: “No, because I’m a middle-aged woman about to go through menopause, and I’d be grumpy.”

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TRACY VOGEL

TRACY VOGEL, Bellbrook: “I hate air-conditioning, because I’m always cold. I’d rather have the windows open, even in the heat and humidity, and just turn on fans. As long as air is moving, I’m fine.”

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BRANDON NELSON

BRANDON NELSON, Beavercreek: “Capital N-O. Mainly because no breeze runs through my apartment, only hot, steaming air. Air-conditioning is the only way I don’t sweat myself to sleep.”

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JIM COPPERSMITH

JIM COPPERSMITH, Dayton: “No, I can’t. Once you’ve had it, you’re pretty much spoiled, and it’s hard to go back. And that’s what I do for a living — installing and repairing air-conditioning — so it pays my bills.”

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BEN HAWS

BEN HAWS, Dayton: “I could live without it, but I work with a lot of seniors, and they have to have the air-conditioning for health reasons.”

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JOANIE RAUCH

JOANIE RAUCH, Bellbrook: “I couldn’t live without air-conditioning, but I do try to be a good steward. I can take heat, but not the humidity. When it’s humid, that’s when I turn the air-conditioner on.”

Article cited: http://www.daytondailynews.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/dayton/chatterbox/entries/2010/07/22/could_you_live_without_aircond.html

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