This year’s spring/summer transition was very mild and lasted over a couple of months (May June) to what I consider the normal/abrupt transition from spring to the heat starting in May. Sure got some hot 95-100 F. days but it cooled down to around 85 F and the nights cooled off to 60-65 degrees F. Now SW Idaho is getting back up to several days in a row of 95-100 degrees F. weather like most summers in a desert.
Most of you know I cut down a huge but dying shade producing tree in May. While the tree did keep the front yard cooler, I don’t think it helped keep the house cooler. Adding the new siding and windows seems to be what is keeping the house cooler the last couple of years not shade trees. I got the window blinds hung better and they do make a difference on how fast the hose warms up. So I have been proactive on closing the blinds and curtains when the sun hit the windows in the heat of the day. Also the vinyl siding I had installed does not seem to absorb heat like the old wood siding, but I there is a thin layer of reflective insulation and another air pocket between the old siding and new siding that seems to insulate the house in both hot and cold weather.
Perhaps I got used to having a warmer house in winter using a wood stove that could get very warm or I slowly got used to having a warmer house this summer. Last summer I’d have to install the Air Conditioner if the temp. was over 75-78 degrees F. especially if it was during sleeping time. I have not install any Air conditioners this summer though I do have them on standby if I need them to sleep. I did not acclimatize so much to temperature outdoors as I acclimatized to the temperature indoors without using Air Conditioning. I have a basement and I use fans to spread that cool air around part of the house. I use a lot of window fans to not only blow in cool air but try and suck out hot air in the house. I have 3 ceiling fans to circulate air and I live in a low humidity desert so I know 90 degrees in Georgia with 90-100% humidity is nothing like 100 degrees F. in Idaho with 30% humidity. I was stationed by the Army in Augusta GA during a heat wave and that was a sneak peak into Hell if Cervantes was correct. 😉
Speaking for myself I did not install the Air Conditioning units to save money on my electric bill. My “central air unit” is old and costly. Installing a couple of small window Air conditioners was cheaper than repairing/replacing an old AC unit. What I have found is I did not need to acclimatize my self to the out doors. I needed to find my own comfort zone indoors. It becomes relative standing on rock at 100 degrees F. is hot and walking into your home that is 75-78 degrees F. is very cool in comparison.
Speaking for myself, I have learned I don’t need a a cold room that is 68 degrees F. to get a good nights sleep. I can use fans to circulate air and be comfortable and save a ton of money on my electric bill. By not using my little A/C units in my house I’ve become more acclimatized to hot weather outside my house. Because my home is my sanctuary. Do you find yourself setting the temp. in your home based on that the government tells you what is appropriate? You pay your bills for what you use and the government should have no say about the comfort level you are allowed.
Last but not least I made some of the artisan bread and using the vent fan over the oven and the house did not get all hot. Gosh I have been buying store bought bread and I forgot how good home made bread tastes.
I’m now using the face shield rather than the N95 masks and at least it is working good for me as I have a physical barrier and I’m not getting accosted for not wearing a mask. I masked up in March because I was in a vulnerable group. I hate masks because it feels like living in a sauna in July. But I have to protect me and no one else is responsible for my life but me. I was pro flatten the curve, protect the vulnerable and yes the covid positive rate would increase, but you would think people are dying in the streets via MSM media! Most people are not even getting that sick, let a lone dying in the streets.
Use common sense in protecting yourself. Most Covid Official responses are politicized. If you are in a vulnerable group wear a mask or at least a face shield if you can’t handle a social group of people, stay home. If you are at risk no one is forcing you to go to a bar! If you are depending on other people to protect you from this virus. You are an idiot! I’m at risk person and I have worn a mask since March. I asked no one to not spread the virus to me. I have move to a transparent face shield rather than a mask. Because I hate the N95 mask and I think the shield is a good compromise. Is it perfect? NO! Stop snitching on people. Educate and be a good role model. I say a “good” role model and not a perfect role model.
If you don’t cover your nose with a mask you don’t understand the purpose of the mask. If you remove the mask to speak you don’t understand the purpose of the mask. No one is obliged to make you feel safe.