It’s better to be too cold than too hot

Makena Moore, Opinions Editor

Sunburns or snowball fights? Sweating or sledding? “Red lips and rosy cheeks” (Taylor Swift, “Wildest Dreams”), or watching our planet fall into absolute shambles as global warming ultimately sets in?

The debate between being too cold and too hot is obviously an extreme scenario because everyone’s parents are strict about keeping the thermostat at a solid 72 degrees. But you’d be mistaken to choose being too hot as the best option.

The universal argument between parents and their children about the thermostat is a completely reasonable one to have. It costs more to heat your home than to cool it. Some homeowners even pay double for heating than they do for cooling. Keeping the house on the cooler side may be worth it to have the extra cash to fill up your tank given the recent gas price increase.

When you do find yourself stuck in a scorching hot room, there isn’t much you can do to alleviate your suffering. First you open a window, which doesn’t provide nearly enough relief if you are sitting on the far side of the room. Next, you take off your hoodie to see if that helps, but it doesn’t.

What can you do from there? Nothing.

You can’t remove much more clothing because not only will you get some looks, but there is only so much skin that can appropriately be shown in school. The already-limiting dress code is dreaded even more so during the summer season as students don’t want to sweat under the heat. Additionally, the more you bundle up for winter, the more opportunities you have to accessorize your outfit. Adding a cute scarf and hat not only looks cute, but is very cozy.

When I go outside during hot weather, I am terrified of getting a sunburn (which I am unfortunately easily susceptible to). The amount of effort I put into hiding in the shade and reapplying sunscreen every few hours takes away from the experience I’m having. Since more than 90 percent of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, I don’t take this subject lightly. The downpour of sweat doesn’t help the situation either. All in all, not fun.

There are plenty of activities that occur during the cold and are memory-making experiences. Building snowmen, sledding and snowball fights are a part of almost everyone’s childhood. As your skill set increases, snowboarding and skiing are both exhilarating ways to spend your time. If you simply must stay inside, the cold weather creates a very relaxing environment. Whether it be cozying up with a good book, working on a puzzle or watching a movie as the snow falls outside, there is no shortage of cold-based activities.

Finally, to get as serious and hard-hitting as possible, global warming is upon us. The temperature rise per decade has increased since 1981 and it will likely continue unless change is made on a global scale. It just may be in your favor to prefer the heat as our planet is only getting warmer. I’ll just enjoy the remaining cold that I have, thank you very much.

The most popular temperature preference is definitely a comfortable room-temperature, but as the temperature outside fluctuates and thermostats struggle to maintain a complimentary environment indoors, that isn’t always the case. The cold is much more tolerable, inexpensive and enjoyable when compared to the heat. Therefore, it is most definitely the better option.

As Elsa once said, “The cold never bothered me anyway.”