Thursday, August 18, 2016

Old School Cool

Casual reading in the history of Southern domestic architecture opened my eyes to a low-tech strategy for surviving heat. In harsh weather, the elegant entry hall of a dwelling of privilege would hold cots.

It makes sense to sleep in the draftiest part of the house when a breeze is welcome. Make the most of your own quarters by opening vents wide at the top and setting up a narrow air intake close to the ground. Luxurious self-inflating air mattresses make it easy to set up. Spreading some kind of coverlet or blanket on the floor keeps the arrangement from feeling squalid.  -30-

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