We have been experiencing some summer heat this week (hot, not scorching!) and it got me thinking of a few ways we have kept cool, now and in the past, without air conditioning.
Shut it up. Shut the front blinds to keep the afternoon sun from heating up the house.
Bucket time. Fill a bucket with cool water and soak your feet. It is amazing how delightful this can be! Bonus points for pairing with an iced beverage and a good book
Wear a hat. Skin concerns aside, keeping the sun from directly roasting your head keeps you cooler.
Window fan. I grew up with a window fan in my room that I loathed. It was heavy and noisy and I don’t like fans blowing on me. Imagine my surprise when a small window fan at the top of my stairs does an amazing job of cooling off my house. My house isn’t painted rainbow stripes and I own a window fan … Kid-me is sadly shaking her head at what I’ve become.
Shade. This is a totally obvious one but a sun umbrella or a nice shade tree is incredibly cooling.
Evening out. Sleep out in your tent.
Early bird. Do outside work or play in the morning and keep out of the direct sun in the afternoon.
How do you stay cool with or without air conditioning?
Go underground. Spend some quality time cleaning out your basement. It is guaranteed to be cooler downstairs.