What did People do Before Modern A/C?

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Generations of Texans before us dealt with the often-oppressive heat that comes with spring and summer here in the south. But how did they manage without modern air conditioning and other temperature-adjusting solutions?

Housing

In the past, homes were often built with the use of thick stone, adobe, or traditional brick outer walls to replicate the cooling effects of cave living. They were also built with higher ceilings allowing the heat to rise higher, and windows were placed in specific locations of the home in order to catch cool breezes. It also wasn’t uncommon for people to sleep out on the porch if it was covered in order to stay cool throughout the night. In larger cities where the most common type of housing was tall buildings, apartment dwellers would even sleep on the fire escape in order to escape the heat!

Clothing

People who lived in hotter climates, such as Texas, would wear loose fitting and flowing clothing which would’ve been made of cotton and linen. These natural materials are excellent at wicking away sweat and keeping the wearer cool.

The color of clothing also matters. Darker colors trap the heat while lighter/brighter colors such as white deflect it. Therefore, people would often wear white clothes. Thankfully, today more people are afforded the comfort of central air conditioning. If you live in the Houston area and you’re currently experiencing problems with your own A/C unit, give Air Specialist a call at (713) 481-1305 or visit our website to schedule an appointment online.