FRANKE JAMES

Save the planet or sleep?

by Franke James

Do I save the planet and listen to the loud hum of a neighbors AC

On a sweltering hot 34C day when Ontario’s electricity system operator has asked for people to voluntarily reduce air conditioning usage, the idea of opening windows sounds like a good idea.

But it poses a dilemma for us! Our neighbor’s air conditioner is noisy — and it runs constantly, night and day, from Spring through to Fall. It doesn’t seem to matter what the temperature is outside, they have it running. Unfortunately for us they positioned it immediately outside of our bedroom windows…

Which leaves us with a tough dilemma:
Do we open the windows and get blasted by the noise? Or do we keep them shut and turn on our air conditioner?

Even though the days have been very hot recently (and we do use our A/C set at around 25 or 26), the nights have cooled down to about 20C — perfect for open windows and a gentle breeze. But we can’t open our bedroom windows because of the noise. Arghh!!

So we’ve been forced to come up with a compromise solution. Thankfully we have skylights and we open them to release some of the hot air that’s drifted upstairs during the day. Having our windows open would be so much nicer… Long term, the only real relief we’ll get is if we build a sound barrier between us and the dreaded A/C monster outside.

It’s tough to have a green conscience. Sometimes I wish it — and the neighbor’s A/C — would just be quiet!

Save the planet or sleep? 2007 Franke James;
Photography and writing by Franke James, MFA

1 Response: One Comment

  • Mother Earth says:

    I always wonder how folks in the olden days survived the heat – I live in an old victorian on the second floor and it gets seriously hot up here — how did they do it when they lived here in 1901 ?? Then again they didn’t have global warming. I have been thinking about you, appreciating the blogging medium – I have been live 3 weeks now!! I have been delving into other folks blogs and reading and reading and reading —yours included. I just love it!! My neighbor has two evangalists blaring from her home – one on the radio and one on the TV – really really LOUD, my mom called that noise pollution. We prefer her noisy airconditioner!

    Mother Earth