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12 Tips For Designing a Weather-Advantaged Home

Designing Weather Advantaged HomeThe other day we had lunch in Grass Valley in a building that was constructed in the 1860’s. Now, it was a fairly hot day, but the building was cool even with the windows open and no air conditioning.  This got me to thinking about what people did to stay cool in hot weather in the past. After all, air conditioning has only been available to most people for the last 50 years or so.

I have spent some time in Arizona and Nevada, and one thing that I have noticed is that many of the newer homes and other buildings are so dependent on air conditioning you would have to break the windows to get outside ventilation.…

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How to Stay Cool Without Electricity

With all the heat waves that have been occurring lately this post will give you some tips on how to stay cool when the power is shut down and there is no air conditioning.

Hopefully you have an older home.  New homes are designed for air conditioning; they fail to have good overhangs on the eves and do not have good airflow with the windows open.  If you are in a position to remodel, buy or build a new home, make sure that you have good airflow in your living areas.  By this I mean that with the windows open you will have a cross breeze.…

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