Tidbits on British Life #4: Summer in the Kingdom with no AC


I know I have been going on and on about how wonderful the start of the British summertime has been. And is has been amazing. Well, until this past week or two. The temperatures have steadily been in the upper 70s to 80s and I'm starting to get a little bit uncomfortable. You see, air conditioning is not a regular thing to have in these parts and I really don't understand it. Yes, the winter, spring and fall are all cool enough to not need AC, but I would give anything to have it right now!

You readers in the southern US are probably thinking, is she really complaining about 70s and 80s??? Yes.....yes I am. When it's 70s and 80s and the humidity is at 90% and you have no cool house to walk into and no breeze blowing through the windows.....it will drive you crazy!! Van and I are seriously enjoying whenever we have to go hop in the car to drive somewhere just so we can feel a cold breeze on our bodies from the AC. Stagnant humid air....boo.

And while I'm on the subject of windows......OK, so we don't have AC, which means we have to keep all of our windows open.....but we have NO SCREENS?!?!?! Why oh why?!! I hate bugs. Couple that with a stagnant house and it makes for a very uncomfortable night of sleep. It's like we are always camping and I'm not too fond of camping unless it's cold. There has been a night or two where I am woken up by the feeling of something crawling on me....and it's not just a feeling. EEEKKK!!

We do have a couple of fans that we bought from base and they do help a little bit. But we realized they were not gonna help us in 80+ degrees so Van took to Gumtree to find us an AC unit. And we lucked out! We found a very decent sized portable AC for 45GBP, which is about $75! It is very helpful for cooling whichever floor we have it located on but geesh. It would be nice to just have central air for a day or even ceiling fans.

A quick recap of British summer:
1. No AC
2. You walk everywhere. It's humid....you get sweaty
3. No AC
4. It's hot at night in the house
5. No screens on the windows
6. No AC

OK, I'm done complaining for today. I understand things are expensive in England. But come on. It's hot.


13 comments

  1. The no AC thing is currently the bane of my existence. I'm in Poland, and I wasn't expecting it to be quite as hot as it is, and it's making sleeping unbearable. I'm keeping the windows open, but of course, that's inviting a ton of bugs in and I wake up every morning with a new bites. Yuck. I'm looking forward to returning to Germany, because although no AC, it's cooler and the houses are built to keep a livable temperature. Feels so silly to be complaining about, but mannnn it sucks to be hot and sweaty all the time.

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  2. Oh wow...I wouldn't expect Poland to be that hot! I always feel like I'm the only sweaty one when I walk into town! Everyone else is just used to it I guess and I'm the newbie American who's body hasn't adjusted haha! Where is the next cold front?!?!?

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  3. Haha yes!! This pretty much just summed up my thoughts on British summer. You go into a store and there is no AC! It is so weird. Also, the houses are just not made for the heat. It's hotter INSIDE my house than outside. Crazy.

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  4. I couldn't imagine having a summer in the UK now after moving to the US - I love having central air in my house (and this comes after living in an apartment with those crazy window AC units which drive me mad) - it's so nice. And yeah, I don't understand the lack of those nets on the windows - I find them so helpful with having indoor cats too as well as keeping the bugs out, keeps my kitties in!

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  5. Oh I bet you love it! I just want like 1 day of AC haha!

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  6. It's terrible. I was just walking in town (sweating) and walked into the spa to book a massage and almost decided against it because there was no AC. It should be interesting! Businesses should have it! Yes.....crazy.

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  7. Oh what annoyed me the most when I was in the UK was the lack of screens on windows, however I lived in Scotland and never had to sleep the window open so that made up for it. I remember staying with some friends in London during the heat wave last summer and the lack of AC was just atrocious.

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  8. I would give anything to be living in Scotland right now!! The weather was so nice when we visited a few weeks ago!! No AC= Yuck

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  9. You forgot to mention how Britons are STILL wearing coats! Hahaha It is sooooo unbearable on the train and tube. It's much cooler to stand than sit on the seats but then someone's arm pit will be in your face. Lovely. Lastly, one of the worst parts is not being able to cook since the stove and oven heat up the space even more. Salads galore!

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  10. Yes! I see people in sweaters and jackets all the time...cray!! I was in London the other day for work and I was so happy that they open the window things so that air could flow through. And you are right, standing is much better!!

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  11. I can't believe you found an AC! It's soooo rare to find one here in England - no one uses them! Hope you cool down!

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  12. It was just a portable one but my neighbors were in awe of it :) It makes the nights so much more bearable!

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  13. your British summer sounds like our German summer.. & I hate the fact that we don't have screens as well! at least you guys have a car, here we travel by train/bus and the one we take doesn't have a/c (some do, but not ours) so that doesn't cool us either!

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