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this heat wave sucks but I'm determined to learn how to use AC minimally and try other methods of staying cool first. feet in a bucket of cold water helps *a lot* when you're sitting around. sleeping is hard, though. if I can't get the bedroom temp at or below 84F I have to turn on the AC.

@dthompson I'm lucky to have a house that can weather 95F for weeks and stay under 82 with no air con. Also the floors are more like 70. Thermal mass rules.

(Humidity is another matter, I've been putting ceiling fans in every room to make it more pleasant.)

@joeyh wow how do you manage that? by the end of the day my house is 86-88F. we get decent shade from some large trees but things still heat up eventually.

@dthompson also baseline temp is 55F in winter (down to 0F or so); never freezes inside

@joeyh do you not have a basement? my house is 2 story with a field stone foundation. the unfinished basement feels quite pleasant right now!

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@dthompson perhaps finishing the basement and having a warm-weather bed there is the non-AC way to go

Or a sleeping porch if you have a screenable porch and good nightime temps.

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@joeyh its only these more extreme summer temps that get to me. as I write this my bedroom is reaching a comfortable sleeping temperature. the house stays pretty comfortable when highs are below 90. my basement is not very finishable (house built in 1800) and I don't want to sacrifice the workshop space and easy access to plumbing/wires.