We discovered they weren’t space heaters at all, they were portable cooling units that we could move around the house to where they were needed
We wanted to do spring break the right way. This was our first year of college, and the seven of us wanted to do something fun and exciting for our first college spring break. Most of the other students were going to one of the beaches, but we decided to go inland instead, and rent a small bungalow by a lake in the foothills. It was a remote, but exclusive getaway spot, with a few dozen cabins around the lake. We were so excited to spend a week in the water and the sun, getting high and drunk and maybe finding some cute boys. What we didn’t expect was for the cabin to have no air conditioning. And I don’t mean that the AC was broken, I mean that there wasn’t any! All we had were a handful of space heaters in the front closet, and more heat was the last thing we needed on spring break! That first night was pretty rough, because even with the sea breezes it stayed hot 24/7. The next day we complained to the rental agent, who directed us to take a closer look at those space heaters in the closet. We discovered they weren’t space heaters at all, they were portable cooling units that we could move around the house to where they were needed. It turns out that the house was old enough that it had been built without any central ductwork, so a central system could not be installed. The portable cooling units did a good job in taking the edge off the heat.