We survived two miserable Colorado summers without air conditioning before we got the technique of keeping the house cool (somewhat) mastered. When my cousin lamented on Facebook recently that their house was 82º at 10 AM, I asked if she’d like some tips on keeping it somewhat cool during the day without air conditioning, and before long, my simple list of tips exploded into a 1,100 word+ blog post.
Yes, there is a systematic process to keeping your Colorado home from getting hotter than the inside of an oven during the day. Yeah, you can do this or that for some marginal relief, but if you want to keep the house cool, it’s a multi-step process that must be followed for success.
Keeping the house cool is serious business, people. Roughly 2/3 of Colorado Springs homes don’t have an air conditioner for reasons I’ll never completely understand. If you want to install an air conditioner, I say go for it. We probably will someday, and you’ll probably get your money back when you sell it if you get a few bids and sell it during the summer months (crank up that AC for showings!), says my Realtor husband.
But, if you aren’t in the place to install air conditioning and also aren’t one of those sweet little souls who says “Heat? Oh, it’s not bad, just turn on a ceiling fan and you’ll be so cool you’ll practically want to wear long sleeves!”, here’s what you need to do: