keeping it cool

by babhoyersh on June 9, 2011

closing curtains against the heatWith a temperature of 98 predicted for today and a heat index of 104 for Philadelphia, it’s going to be hot. Real hot.

What’s a mom to do if she doesn’t have any air conditioning, central or otherwise?

Shut the curtains, and this time I’m going to try closing the windows on the east side of the house almost all the way down. Later in the day, I’ll do the same for the windows on the southern side. It’s my little experiment.

I’ve always shut the curtains and closed the front door, but I’ve never closed the windows. I like fresh air. However I was chatting with a friend who says that she closes her house up on days when we have record heat. I know that closing the curtains keep the inside of the house about 8 to 10 degrees cooler than the outside. Will shutting the windows down to an inch of fresh air help or raise the inside temperature?

For the record, we have a whole house fan that we ran at night until the outside temperature started warming up in the morning. We also have ceiling fans in most of the rooms, plus box fans in the windows of the upstairs bedrooms.

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Yolanda June 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I have a room that I use mainly to store food. I have actually taped aluminum foil to the inside of the windows to reflect the light. It keeps the room much cooler.

babhoyersh June 14, 2011 at 3:44 am

I’ve heard of people covering a board with tinfoil and putting it behind radiators to reflect the heat out. Never thought of it in terms of keeping a room cool!

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