Do Trappists use heat and air-conditioning?

I have always thought that Trappists life was a life of self-denial. So I was thinking do you have air conditioning and heat in your abbey? 


A Trappist monk embraces a life of rigorous physical asceticism, partly as his way of meeting God half way by doing penance for sins, partly because a deep instinct in him says this is a good, healthy, and sanctifying way to live. Self-denial is the contribution we make to the miracle which God alone can accomplish called “self-transcendence.”

A person who has transcended himself is available for love, deep prayer, and service to others. In light of these deep motivations characteristic of the heart of a Trappist, we generally do not make use of air-conditioning. My monastery has no air conditioned rooms except those in the infirmary occupied by very elderly monks. The heat in August, radiating from the limestone blocks of the walls of my monastery, is a penance I am asked to embrace with faith and joy. I accept by choice the discomfort as a means of being in solidarity with many, many people who suffer the effects of heat and who have not choice. Most Trappists I know live happily without air conditioning. Heating, by contrast, can be necessary for survival. Where I live, in Iowa, temperatures can plummet to forty degrees below zero. Heating is a non-negotiable of our life in January and February. However, were you to visit, you might notice the building is chilly. We heat in order to maintain the bodily health necessary for us to fulfill the mission God has given us – not to make ourselves comfortable.