I don’t know how the weather is where you live, but we’ve been having a heat wave here in Boston. Even if the temperature itself may not seem so bad (generally 80s to 90s), the humidity has made everything gross and sticky. It’s the kind of weather where you don’t want to leave air conditioning for a minute. That’s becoming a real problem for me, because the air conditioning in my apartment doesn’t extend to my home theater room. As much as I’d love to fire up my gear and watch a bunch of movies and TV shows, the thought of it is practically unbearable. Does anyone else have this problem?
You may ask why I don’t just put an AC in the theater room. Two reasons: First, they’re noisy as hell, and would drown out the sound of anything I’d want to watch in this small room. Even more importantly, I don’t have enough juice in here to power an air conditioner and all of my home theater gear at the same time. At a minimum, I need to run my projector, my A/V receiver, my video processor, and my Blu-ray player. (Also, my DVR cable box is on constantly no matter what.) Those are all plugged into the same outlet. Even with a power conditioner (which I do use), adding an air conditioner would certainly trip the circuit breaker, which is already pretty taxed. It just doesn’t seem like an option.
Of course, I’ve got a window fan in here, as well as another fan on the other side of the room to circulate the air. But they’re just blowing the hot, sticky air around. (And they’re also pretty noisy.) When I’ve got everything running, the heat generated by my gear – especially the projector and the receiver – can turn this room into an oven.
Because this is, you know, my job as well as my passion, I’ll force myself to watch something tonight. But until this heat wave snaps, I’m trying to keep my usage to a minimum. And it’s not even August yet! The fall can’t get here fast enough.
In the meantime, this makes me think of movies that do the best job of depicting heat waves like this. My immediate first thought is ‘Do the Right Thing‘. That movie really captures the feeling of intense heat radiating off the concrete and brick in a densely-populated urban setting. I also think of all those characters crammed into a stifling courtroom in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. If you can think of any other good examples, let us know in the comments.