I waited a long time before installing central air conditioning into my home. Because I live in the northeastern part of the country, it’s not really necessary. Our cold winter weather tends to last anywhere from six to eight months. We get temperatures well below zero, tons of snowfall and brutal wind chills. I spent a fortune on a state-of-the-art, high-efficiency furnace and my monthly utility bills are plenty expensive. I need to keep the house sealed up tight to prevent energy waste, and there’s no opportunity to spend time outdoors. Once the weather finally warms up, I am anxious to open the windows, air out the house and freshen up our indoor air quality. I had no desire to close the windows and run an air conditioner. Since my family spends most of our time outside, the heat and humidity is only a problem at night. Plus, the summer season in this area tends to be brief. I had no problem getting by with a few window air conditioners and box fans. It wasn’t until my daughter was diagnosed with severe asthma that I knew I needed to make some changes. Having the windows open aggravated her symptoms. Pollen, dust, exhaust fumes and all types of toxins in the air pose a huge threat to her. This prompted me to call an HVAC contractor and get an estimate for central air conditioning. It was definitely worth the cost. Not only does the cooling system filter contaminants out of the air to create a cleaner, safer and healthier living environment for my daughter, but it has greatly improved comfort throughout the house.