In the area where I live, a central cooling system isn’t really necessary. The winter weather is long, brutally cold and the main priority. We often run the gas furnace for six to eight months at maximum capacity. My heating bills are extremely high, and the furnace requires quite a bit of upkeep. I’ve always looked forward to the weather warming up and the opportunity to open the windows. Letting in fresh air and taking advantage of some ventilation makes the house smell better and feel fresher. It’s a relief to shut off the heating system and save some money on energy bills. The summer season is typically short, lasting only three months at a maximum, but can be super hot and humid. The house gets horribly overheated and sticky, and we have issues with condensation, mold and mildew. I’ve managed to get by with portable fans and a couple of window air conditioners, but this isn’t an ideal solution. I’m considering the investment into a whole-home cooling system. My local HVAC contractor is offering a special, along with a manufacturer’s rebate, which makes the installation very affordable. Because I already have the air handler and duct system in place for the furnace, the installation process wouldn’t require a bunch of tear down or create a huge mess. Central air conditioning would provide quite a few benefits. Keeping the window closed would prevent the steady influx of pollen, exhaust fumes, dust and bugs. It would help block the noise of traffic, birds, neighbors and barking dogs. I have scheduled a free estimate for next week, and am waiting to get a final price.