It’s nicer to live the cool way

Opinion

In the summer months, temperatures across the hemisphere rise. Under these conditions, many people opt to spend the majority of their time outside, basking in the heat of the sun. Others find themselves reminiscing about the times of the year when temperatures are colder and more people are spending time inside. 

Presented with these widely differing views, choosing between cold and hot weather becomes hard. However, by examining the effects of both hot and cold weather, it is apparent that cold weather is much more favorable to live in. 

When it is hot outside, body temperatures rise, even though many people are wearing less clothing. This causes sweat to release onto the skin from the sweat glands in an effort to draw heat energy out of the body. When it is released, it mixes with bacterial buildup on the skin and emits an unpleasant odor.  Sweat is often seen as unhygienic due to this odor and the clammy sensation produced, making it one of the most uncomfortable attributes of hot weather. 

On the other hand, in cold weather, humans are less likely to sweat. Since the temperature is cold, people can control how warm they are by the number of layers of clothing they wear or by changing the temperature on the thermostat, if they have that ability. Thus, most people can control whether or not they sweat and stay comfortably warm and dry. 

The ability to control temperature is another reason why cold weather is preferable. In hot weather, there’s only so much people can do, only so many layers of clothing they can take off in order to stay cool. In cold weather, however, people can put on as many layers as they like and even change the material of the clothing they put on to better insulate body heat. 

Sure, there are ways to change the climate indoors in hot weather such as turning on the air conditioning or a fan, but they can be unreliable and don’t measure up to the effectiveness of the many methods of controlling the temperature in cold weather. These include: starting a safe, controlled fire, wearing extra layers, huddling together with other people to share body heat, turning on the heating system in the house, or simply exercising. Many of these options are not only easier to obtain but also cheaper, or even free, compared to the limited options in combating hot weather. 

Yet another benefit cold weather holds over warm weather is a relief for those with seasonal allergies. People with seasonal allergies are mainly allergic to the pollen released by trees, flowers, grass, and other plants outside. As seen in a map of the daily national pollen count, the pollen count tends to be higher in southern states such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona. On a current national temperature map, it is shown that Florida, Texas, and Arizona all have higher temperatures as compared to the rest of the nation. From this data, it can be concluded that heightened pollen count coincides with hotter weather. For those with seasonal allergies, comfort can be found in cold weather, knowing that the amount of pollen outdoors will be lower than usual. 

All in all, cold weather is more suitable to live in than hot weather because it doesn’t encourage sweat, is easier to customize surrounding temperatures in, and can help those with seasonal allergies. Next time you complain about how cold it’s getting, just think about how the weather could be worse: by being too hot.