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It’s Hot!

It’s about 10:30 in the morning here, and already 93 degrees F outside. Another really hot day.

We’re pretty good at adapting to the heat. We wear light clothes around the house, and only rarely hit the point during the day that we feel the air conditioner is a necessity. A part of the reason for this is that we keep getting better about covering our windows to keep the heat out.

This year we’ve added one of those emergency blankets made of mylar to the hottest window. Pulled it out of the camping supplies. Good as it is supposed to be for emergencies while camping, it works wonders for keeping heat out of the house too. We just hang it over the window and let it go to work.

The house still gets warm; it’s about 80 in here right now, but I consider that highly tolerable. It really is a matter of getting used to it. 80 with a ceiling fan is pleasant.

Adaptation and blocking windows isn’t always enough, but it sure helps to cut down on our use of air conditioning. Most often we use it to cool the house down to where it’s comfortable enough for sleeping at night, and that’s it. For our area that’s really, really unusual.

2 Responses to It’s Hot!

  1. We never use the AC- we live in a tree filled area (National Forest property around us) so we don’t have window coverings in the family room. Those are the windows that get direct sun (but no view of the neighbors)- GREAT idea about the blanket, HOW do you hang it? I was thinking about pushpins in a regular blanket?

  2. I’ve always preferred pushpins for that myself if there’s nothing to just drape it over. Our worst window has curtains over it, so when I use a regular blanket over it, I just draped it over the rod. But before we had the curtains, it was indeed pushpins.

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