While central air conditioning isn't old-fashioned by any means, we thought we'd take a look at the technology from a 1950s perspective. The recent sale for a fully air conditioned three-bedroom home in Kansas City hinted at a future where the American middle class could afford houses equipped with central air conditioning. We predicted that it was only a matter of time before houses without central cooling systems became obsolete, as new air conditioned estates were selling for as little as $8,000 in Miami. Some houses offered a package deal with a furnace; others offered an air conditioner separate from, but attachable to an existing hot air vent. Either way, these novel new homes allowed residents to adjust the thermostat simply by hitting a switch. This not only seemed ridiculously convenient, but it meant that architects were no longer obligated to consider ventilation while designing a house. You could have all the windows on one side of the house without worrying that they would let in excessive heat. Likewise, you could lounge comfortably in a room with a windowless, solid wall since central cooling eliminated the need for cross ventilation.