When I was growing up, not many people in our local section had a/c.
The weather in our section of the country is most often cold, rainy or snowy.
The two of us rarely appreciate more than a couple months of summer time sunshine and heat! However, those few months can get brutally hot and humid. Air conditioning is a nice luxury to have. Back then, the portable units were bulky, heavy and expensive. Few people were willing to bother with the cost and effort. My family was one of the few households with a/c. The two of us had more than one portable units, with one of them installed into our dining room. Because of the location of our dining room at the end of a hallway, it was an advantageous spot for the cooling unit. I wasn’t cheerful about rearranging our furniture to accommodate the a/c, then plus, I was instructed to keep our door open at all times. The a/c had unquestionably few adjustments. It operated at maximum capacity or not at all. There was no ability to raise or lower the temperature. It simply blasted cold freezing air at non stop. In the middle of June, when the outside temperature was in the mid eighties, I was forced to sleep in sweat pants and a sweatshirt with multiple blankets. The a/c also made a tremendous amount of noise and dripped water non stop. I had to keep a pan under the component to catch the condensate and then officially empty the pan. Although it was considered a portable a/c, the equipment was so heavy that it took more than one adults struggling to get it into our window. Because of our experience with that a/c, I have never considered a cooling component for our own house.