While it has been a cool spring, Maryland's hot, humid, summertime temps are right around the corner. How long can we go without turning on the AC? I have no idea. Plainly stated - I hate the heat. Yes - I grew up in central California. Yes - it was hot. No - we did not have air conditioning. Yes - it was miserable at times. No - it did not kill us to live without AC. No - I never got used to it. Yes - I'm getting cranky just thinking about it. Yes - I should definitely be living in New England - but I digress. Here in Maryland, July and August are oppressively hot. So we are going to take a phased-in approach to life with out AC.
|Curtains Drawn Tight by 7:30 am|
Steps in Phase #1 - Mild Days/Cool Nights - Open the windows each morning around 5:30 am and leave open until approximately 7:30 am. Insert our box fan into the open kitchen window and pull as much cool air into the house as possible. Close everything up - including the curtains by 7:30 a.m. Let the dogs out on the North side of the house. The air is cooler there and won't heat the house as much as opening the back door which faces the extremely hot West side of our home. Line Dry Clothes. We've been doing this for over a month now and have yet to turn on our AC.
|Beds Placed by Windows|
|Open Air Sleeping|
|Feeling Cooler Already|
|Create an Electric Bill Nest Egg|
|Canine Home Security|
NOTE: Some people have commented on the dangers of sleeping with our bedroom windows open. This doesn't worry us. The lower floors of the house are locked up tight each evening. Our home security system and our three dogs (an over-sized German Shepherd (at right), a stranger-hating Doberman, and an ever-so-territorial Beagle mix) - keep us feeling safe, secure, forewarned and well guarded.
P.S. I've created a chart to track our progress throughout the summer. You can follow along by viewing my "AC Free Diary."