[color=indigo]My DH has devolped a very intricate way of keeping the house cool.. always. Due to many medical conditions I have, I am NOT supposed to get hot because my body cannot sweat. I also have trouble in the cold, but not as much as I have in the heat. Since I can get heatstroke so easily my DH devised a plan which we stick to religiously. He has the weather channel bookmarked on his computer and checks it every morning around 6am to see if the meteorologists have changed thier minds about the temperature outside. He looks at it hour by hour. Then he compares their numbers for our area with the actual temperature outside (via our thermometer outside) and adjusts the 'predicted temperatures' upon which he's planned his whole day. At X temperature with the sun being in Y quadtrand we open windows A, B, and C but absolutely not window F. We have an AC window unit in our family room (the room we spend the majority of our time in) because that's where I am qutie a bit, and because our 8 comps are in there running non-stop... and they shouldn't get hot either. For some reason my bedroom rarely, if ever, gets too hot. It's usually degrees below the other rooms in the house.
Someone had mentioned putting towels in their kitchen windows. We use these silver insulation sheets you can get at Home Depot. We just cut them to the size of our windows/skylights, and it keeps the sun out very very well. It also keeps the house warmer in the winter. I don't know the exact name of it, but I know that it works like magic! We even affixed some to our garage door (leave room for air between insulation and door) and the garage is kept qutie a bit cooler... the garage has to stay cool because my husband's music studio is in there and, well, heavens forbid that the equiptment get too warm!
I'm now starting to wonder if all the insulating and airconditioning is actually for my advantage or for his toys! :??
ps. sorry about the novel... it's a bit late. When it gets late I tend to blab a bit more that normal.[/color]