Ohh, it is so hot. Summer is a scorcher this year. Can you imagine not having any air conditioning. Brutal, I say, brutal. This is a great read from www.offthegridquest.com 7 Ways Homes Kept Cool Before Air Conditioning. Beautiful detailed pictures are awesome to look at too.
The modern air conditioner was invented only in the 1920s, and it didn’t become a common home feature until the latter half of the 20th century. But, while some of us might wonder how our grandparents survived hot and steamy summers, the fact is those older homes had a few tricks up their sleeves. They were designed and built with features to help them stay cool without AC.
Mary Wheeler Schap is a registered architect who designs and restores historic buildings to their former glory in Cincinnati, Ohio. She offered this expert insight into the features that made older homes livable in the heat.
In northern states, it was common to create a “stack effect” by opening windows in the basement and top floor. This generated a cool breeze through the house. Further south, before AC many homes were built on blocks, allowing breezes to flow underneath and help keep them cool all summer long.
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