Because of the weather in the area where I live, air conditioning is not a necessity. The summer season typically only lasts a couple of months. However, we do endure some very high temperatures and humidity. For quite a few years, I managed the warmer weather with a portable air conditioner in the bedroom and fans throughout the rest of the house. I wasn’t happy with how the cooling unit looked in the window, and it blocked both the light and my view. Installing it every spring and removing it every fall was aggravating. The fans were noisy, ugly, and provided very little relief from the heat. Plus, they tended to stir up dust and aggravate my allergies. I finally invested in a central cooling system for my home two years ago. I only upgraded to whole-home air conditioning because of a manufacturer’s rebate. I was able to add air conditioning to my forced air furnace without much of an investment. The improvement has been amazing. My home is far more comfortable, stays cleaner and even smells better. Now that I’m able to keep all of the windows shut tight, I don’t deal with a whole bunch of dust, pollen, bugs, fumes or traffic noises. The central cooling system actively filters the air, greatly enhancing indoor air quality. I’ve found that I start up the air conditioner in the early spring, sometimes only using the fan to circulate the indoor air. I keep the air conditioner running until late fall, and because of 26 SEER rating, it’s doesn’t cost all that much to operate.