Think You Don’t Need Air Conditioning In San Francisco?

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One thing anyone who has lived in the Bay Area for any length of time knows for sure – the weather and temperatures are unpredictable. While average highs in the San Francisco area during summer months range in the mid- to upper-sixties and low 70’s, there have been lots of times temperatures have soared into the 80’s and even 90’s. Do you really need air conditioning in San Francisco? If you want to stay comfortable when those unexpected heat waves hit, absolutely.

About three years ago, Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame wrote about living in paradise, and the need for air conditioning on his website. Rowe was describing his visit to an area of Greenland where temperatures were 30 degrees below zero and he was allegedly freezing to death. At the time, he told his crew that never again would he complain (although this isn’t the word he actually used) about the heat again. Then, as he arrived back home, he admitted that he was wrong as the temperature soared to 95 degrees in San Francisco. At the time he made the remark that in the center of technology and enlightenment, residents continued to reject “certain hallmarks” of civilization – and he included air conditioning in that rejection. Rowe went on to mention that he hadn’t forgotten his landlord getting a chuckle when questioned about the absence of air conditioning when he moved in during the late 90’s. She told him at the time that it “never gets above 75,” which was why there was no A/C in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s like a paradise, she said.

While it actually is a paradise much of the time weather-wise, times are changing. Rowe said, at the time of the 95 degree weather, that his apartment had reached 90 degrees, the fake fruit was melting, and the paint cracking – not to mention he was dreaming of frostbite as he stared at the photo taken in Greenland when he thought he could possibly meet his maker due to frostbite or freezing to death.

Over the 2015 and 2016 spring and summer seasons, temperatures in the Bay Area soared into the 90’s. Is global warming or climate change to blame? While no one can pinpoint the exact reason for the increasing heat in the region, one thing’s for certain – record-breaking temperatures have been noted in recent years all around the world.

Still think you don’t need air conditioning? You may want to rethink your decision if you want to ensure your comfort all season long. For outstanding products, installation, and service rely on the San Francisco HVAC professionals at Ortiz Heating & A/C.