How Early Homesteaders Stayed Cool Inside Without Air Conditioning

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  • While we find it hard to believe that our grandparents survived blistering summers without air conditioners, smart design of old homes actually helped inhabitants to stay cool. 

    Cooling homes was not the intended purpose when Willis Carrier invented modern air conditioning in 1902. The earliest air conditioners were for industrial quality control; the comfort of the workers was incidental.

    The modern air conditioner for cooling a home was invention did not become a common home feature until the latter half of the 20th century. Some wonder how our grandparents survived those hot and steamy summers. They survived because those older homes had a few tricks and were designed to help the homes bearable. Even when I was a kid in Florida our house was comfortable without air conditioning the way my dad set the house up with attic fans.

    Here are some of the modification that could help you reduce the usage of your system.

    On the next page discover several ways older Homesteads kept cool inside before the age of air conditioning.

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