My family lived in a house that was a converted log cabin.
- Instead of one huge room, it was given walls and a second floor, making it a four bedroom house.
However, we still relied on a wood stove and a gas boiler for our autumn and winter heating. Having sufficient heat in these climates is a life or death concern during the worst winter cold snaps where temperatures plummet below zero. Every year I helped my father chop and stack firewood so the family would be set in case of the worst weather. Getting the boiler serviced and maintained was equally important, and every single one of my siblings and I took turns scheduling HVAC service appointments during our childhood. It instilled in us the importance of taking care of the heating system, especially since it was a tool for our survival. But now that I’m living in Cocoa, Florida, I can make it through most winters here without a heating system at all. I have an apartment on Merritt Island and the temperatures here are so hot year round that typically I have my air conditioner running regardless of the season. We get a lot of humidity coming from the Indian River on the west side and Banana River on the east side. I’m using my air conditioner to keep the humidity down as much as I rely on it for cooling my indoor air. If I could get a dehumidifier for a decent price, I could probably save on energy expenses by being able to use the air conditioner less. The winters are so mild that I can get away with just having a space heater to use during the few serious cold snaps. Otherwise I just put more clothes on to respond to colder temperatures.