It’s been just about a week that we’ve been sleeping with the air conditioning on. It’s hard to sleep without it when it’s humid, as at night especially the weather is sticky and unpleasant.
From November through mid-May we sleep with the air flowing through and a couple of fans going, both to stir the air and block the street noise. I like hearing the rumble of the fans and the occasional barking dog, garbage truck, loud car, or church bells. The weather during those months is close to perfect here, and it is sleeping nirvana almost.
But of course the doors have to be shut to turn on the air conditioning. The air conditioner is almost silent so we put on a fan to make some white noise. The first night we put it on 25 dehumidify (77 F) which was way too cold. We didn’t even have the cover on the bed – it stays off most of the winter – so we froze! The next night we cranked it up to 26 dehumidify (79F) and changed the fan for a less powerful one and still froze. In the several days since we have put the cover back on the bed, changed the fans, changed the temperature, I have changed what I wear to bed and I am STILL freezing!
I know we’ll get it right soon but we are just not used to being that cool. I think the sweet spot will be 27 dehumidify, (80.6F) with the cover on the bed and a t-shirt and shorts and the fan on low. Maybe then I ‘ll get a decent night’s sleep.
I’ve thought about sleeping in a hammock in the courtyard but with most of our rain coming in the middle of the night it might not be the most restful sleep either. For now, it’s air conditioning for us, and hopefully we’ll get our arrangement settled soon.
At the top is a picture of a summertime sky.