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Old 10-03-2014, 10:25 AM
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Well, there's been a some griping about the heat we've gotten this year and I agree, it's unpleasantly hot. I don't want to be like little Tattoo on that old tv show, "Fantasy Island", pointing my finger in the sky to "complain, complain".

Easy for me to say--I'm not longer in a small, cramped, A/C-less apartment. I think the plaster walls in my house does help to keep the house cool, but the family room add-on got unbearably hot my first summer here.

This may be too late, since we are in the midst of another hot spell, but how are you coping with the heat?

What I have done to cool the hot family room (and it's working):

1. Purchased window fans for use throughout house--the typical dual blade rectangular fans to expel hot air or blow cool air in. I have ceiling fans and several floor fans also.

2. Bought this bad boy window fan for the family room: Lasko Model 16 in. Electrically Reversible Window Fan. Wow, what a difference. The fan takes up the entire window and is very strong in blowing hot air out of the family room during the day and bringing cool air in in the early evenings. We can now actually sit in the family room during the summer.

3. My routine: open windows at night to allow cool air in. Close windows and curtains during day to keep the cool air in.

I noticed yesterday I left my son's bedroom (east facing) window and curtains open. There was a strong breeze, but it was a hot breeze. I closed the window and curtains and what a difference. The room was much cooler.

4. I don't have room darkening curtains, but I'm sure these would help out tremendously (if fans are sold-out at stores).

My husband still wants to put central A/C in, but I am resisting..for now. Hang in there, folks. It won't last much longer.
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