Even though I’ve had the keys to my Build-To-Order (BTO) flat for more than two years now, I never had an air conditioning system installed in my house.
It wouldn’t be an issue I thought with hubris. We had the renovators cover the entire floor of the house in a concrete finish, which I thought would be great for keeping the surroundings cool. Balmy nights were fixed by getting a portable air cooler — the ones where you can stuff ice into a compartment to blow the cold air out.
That was before the pandemic though. Once the global lockdown climate kicked in, it was not fun working a 9am to 7pm job in my home office covered in sweaty pyjamas (the default work-from-home attire), bereft of a cool, bearable environment. I had to shift the workspace to the dinner table, where I relied on an actual industrial fan to keep things comfortable enough to function.
Requesting for an emergency air-conditioning system installation wasn’t possible either. The circuit breaker rules only allowed for essential services to be carried out, and even as much as I was slowly withering from the Singapore heat and humidity each day, the air-con companies just couldn’t do anything.