Being in the depths of deep summer heat is not my most favorite time of year.
- The heat seems to effect nearly everything that I want to do.
Of course, there is no getting through this heating period without access to reliable HVAC cooling. It simply can’t be done, at least not in our area. I can recall going to see my grandparents, who lived only miles from where we are now, when I was younger and they had no modern HVAC. They used something called a swamp cooler to help with the heat. This is actually an evaporative cooling method used in many parts of the world. I recall that while it wasn’t anything like a modern HVAC system, it did help cool their house. There certainly wasn’t a lot of activity during the heat of the day. And, my grandma did all the cooking outside so she wasn’t heating up the house even more. My grandparents were able to maximize the effects of the swamp cooler through the use of fans. It was this thought that got me to thinking of how I could reduce the energy being used by the HVAC during the summer. I’m going to wait until it cools off before attempting any large projects like installing automatic sun shades. So, I chose to go right to the source and focus on the HVAC thermostat settings. The temperature setting is going to be far more commensurate with the outside temperatures. I will also buy a few more fans that we can move around to where we are in the house.