Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 08:42:59 -0400

From: James C Stalker stalker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU

Subject: Re: cook stove, a/c

Room/window air conditioners in the southeast US are in fact heaters as well as

coolers. Even Florida gets cold enough sometimes to need a little artificial

heat. Wall thermostats also control both heating and cooling. From an

extra-cultural perspective, conditioning the air can mean heating it as well as

cooling it, so the Japanese interpretation is "logical," but does not match

common American usage.