Concrete and air Conditioning

Ceiling fans don’t lower the temperature, but you can set your thermostat a little higher and still feel just as cool if the ceiling fan is blowing on you.

Back in the olden days, we used to look for secrets for keeping cool down here in the south during the summer. Nowadays, people would call our little tricks, “hacks.” If you are interested in learning some hacks about keeping cool this summer, just read on. First, there are the two oldest but best options. If you have ever wondered why so many houses are made of concrete block in our state, well, cooling is the answer. Concrete block is a fabulous insulator – that means it is great at keeping the sun’s heat at bay. The point is, use the appropriate building materials when you are thinking about cutting costs on your heating and cooling. Air Conditioning, of course, is something we would no longer want to live without down here in the southeast, but there are still plenty of people alive who remember not having a/c when they were youngsters. If you are interested in other hacks, there are some simple things that can help you set your thermostat higher but still remain cool. First, think about freezing your pillow. If your body acts like a furnace at night while you are trying to sleep, a frozen pillow might help. Second, use ceiling fans. Ceiling fans don’t lower the temperature, but you can set your thermostat a little higher and still feel just as cool if the ceiling fan is blowing on you. Third, employ cross ventilation. Back in the day, no builder worth his salt would build a house in our state without factoring in the ability to cross ventilate. That means, get a breeze in your house; invite it in, and allow it out the back way.

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