Buy An Air Conditioner: You Won’t Regret It
/ April 16, 2012

Today is really, really hot, and we’re loving it, but if you’re living off-campus, chances are high that you’ve spent the day debating whether or not to drop the cash to buy an air-conditioner. We know it’s expensive, but we’re telling you right now that it’s worth it, and that you should buy one now, because if you wait until the first real heat-wave, all of the stores will have sold-out. To quote a retailer from a 1988 article in the New York Times, “You want an air-conditioner? You got references?”

Last summer, we lived in a windowless room, which meant that we couldn’t install an A/C, and we thought we’d power through with a few floor fans. We were very wrong and spent many a night sleeping on the floors of our friends who were privileged to own these magical cooling devices. If you’re still not convinced, we’ve put together a pros and cons list to make your decision a little easier:


  • You won’t start sweating as soon as you get out of the shower.
  • You’ll be able to sleep through the night.
  • You won’t have to wash your sheets twice a week to clean out the sweat stains.
  • You’ll conserve water, because you won’t be taking three showers a day.
  • Your love life will dramatically improve. To quote Jen Doll’s great piece about why summer in the city is the best, “When night falls and you are forced from your mechanically cooled office or after-work drinks environment, you will, with unprecedented perseverance and clarity of vision, become radar-focused upon gaining entry into the homes of persons with powerful new air-conditioning units offering five-figure BTUs. Look forward to an array of new ‘friends with benefits.'” We can testify to the validity of this statement.
  • You’ll eat fewer otter-pops.
  • You won’t die during a heat-wave.


  • Your brand-new air-conditioner might fall out of your window and kill someone.
  • Your power bill will be shockingly high, and if your roommates don’t have air-conditioning, you’ll spend all of your time fighting over how to divide the bill.
  • Your roommates without A/C will always be in your room.
  • You will never leave your apartment.
  • You’ll eat fewer otter-pops.
  • You might catch a cold. (Pun intended).

Stop thinking about it. Buy an air-conditioner¬†A$AP. If you’ve got any other reasons why anyone should buy an AC, share in the comments!

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