How do you deal with the heat on Shabbat?
I'm almost at my breaking point - it's so humid, I may just have to put on the A/C, special for Shabbat. So not frugal, I know...
But we used to run the A/C at a near-constant 78 degrees Fahrenheit when we lived in Florida. We kept the windows closed to keep pollen and pollution out, and I rarely had an asthma attack. And my kid with asthma rarely had any flare-ups too.
But here, we don't run the A/C like that. If we did, we'd be broke. Seriously.
I have refrained from putting it on, except for a couple of nights in my boys' room when my younger son was having a serious asthma problem. The doctor got him onto some different medications, and he's using the nebulizer a lot now, but he is breathing again, so we're back to using fans and open windows.
But all 4 of my children and I have had issues with asthma since we made aliyah, and I believe it's because of the lack of A/C. We used to use a HEPA filter in the A/C system and it kept our air a lot cleaner than what we're breathing in right now. But here, we don't have a central air system, so we can't just put in a whole house HEPA filter. And the other ones, like the small HEPA air purifier I used to have in the U.S. that we used when we weren't running the A/C? There it cost me about $60. Here - 500 NIS or more, so I haven't gone out to buy one yet. Sigh.
Maybe I should look into ordering one from Amazon UK...