Nope, I’ll have to stick with the modern air conditioning to get through the summer heat and humidity for sure
I have spent a few winters where my heater was a wood stove. And they were very warm winters indeed. However, heating with a wood stove is quite labor intensive to be sure. There is a lot to it. This heating method requires yearly flue cleaning and maintenance. And of course, there is all manner of cutting, splitting and stacking of the wood. It was still a worthwhile venture and a unique experience that I will always remember. However, where I am now, I simply don’t think I would make it too long without modern HVAC. This has nothing to do with the heating though. Our winter is quite mild and doesn’t require a great deal of heating. But the four plus months of summer are a completely different matter. That heat and humidity is something that I just don’t think I could manage without the help of air conditioning. The temps outside hover around triple digits for at least four months. And it doesn’t cool off all that dramatically at night. I can’t imagine what people went through prior to the heat pump. There was basically just an evaporative cooler. And I have been around those. Trust me, they are nothing like a heat pump for cooling a home. Plus, they don’t mitigate the humidity levels at all. Nope, I’ll have to stick with the modern air conditioning to get through the summer heat and humidity for sure. Without it, I’d have to head back up north and get back to a place where the summer isn’t quite so hot. Even then, I think I’d still have to invest in a gas furnace to get through those winters now.