First off, I'm not totally convinced that germs spread faster in heat. Some bacteria love heat and humidity, but flu viruses (for example) survive much better in cold. The deadly SARS virus that ripped through the world in 2003 was a cold-weather phenomenon. Indeed, it only managed to spread in the tropics thanks to air-conditioning.
I realize that not everyone's body functions at the same metabolic rate, so some people prefer cool temperatures while others like it hot. That having been said, I think that air-conditioning (a very recent invention) has really spoiled people, preventing them from learning to acclimate. If you go from an air-conditioned house to an air-conditioned car to an air-conditioned shopping mall, you won't get used to the heat. I grew up without air-conditioning, and don't have it to this day.
I hate to say it, but I'm sympathetic to your roommates. I live in southern Taiwan, where the climate is very similar to southern Florida. Quite hot and sticky in summer, but I live without air-conditioning. I have a thermometer in the room I am now sitting it, and it says 26 degrees Celsius, which is 78.8 degrees Fahrenheit. I have an electric fan turned on (low speed setting) and it's very comfortable. I am wearing shorts and a T-shirt. On the hottest days of summer we sometimes hit 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 degrees Fahrenheit) which I admit is uncomfortably hot. At that point the T-shirt comes off, the fan gets turned up to maximum, I consume a great deal of icy cold drinks, and at some point in the afternoon I may take a cold shower, but I still survive without air-conditioning.
Anyway, point is, what's wrong with using the electric fan? Seems like a perfectly reasonable compromise solution to me, at least up until maybe 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're going to live in southern Florida, you have to accept that it's a hot, subtropical climate, and always will be. To a certain extent you can adjust to it, by wearing thin light clothing. But if you hate the heat and you're really concerned that germs spread faster in hot weather, then maybe you've living in the wrong place. Much easier to change your
location rather than trying to change the climate. If you can't acclimate to southern Florida, maybe you should be looking at schools in Maine, Washington state, or Alaska.
I'm sorry Lovely985 if that's not the answer you wanted to hear. I am sympathetic to your problem. But you have to consider the others around you - they have needs too.
Post Edited (ozonehole) : 9/9/2011 7:54:58 PM (GMT-6)