I’m not sure what people did before air conditioning. Well, actually, I do. They survived. They tried to stay out of the sun. They worked early and late in the day maybe taking a nap during the hottest part of the day.
I grew up in the Midwest. We would have hot and humid days, but we had plenty of shade to play in. We also had a basement in our house. There was a big attic fan to pull cooler air through the bedrooms at night.
Living in Arizona, you might think that I would be used to the heat. The heat doesn’t bother me as much as hot-humid days. I get irritable. This year was similar to 1990 when I visited family and there was record setting heat. I think I walked somewhere one time that heat wave. I remember dreading getting into a car.
Every day this June has been over 100 degrees with the past week or so being over 110. This may not be true at the official weather station in Phoenix or in Mesa, but at people’s houses… I don’t care if it is a “dry heat” I’m melting! I live higher than Phoenix so I am at cooler temperatures. It was over 100. I’m still melting!
I am not a big fan of air conditioning, I prefer fresh air. But in the summer heat, I need air conditioning or a swamp (evaporative) cooler. I like to live where I can open the windows at night and be cool enough with a window fan.
How does this all fit in with landscaping? Plants require tending. If you do not have automatic sprinklers and drip systems, you have to do it yourself. In the heat. Landscaping can also provide shade for your yard and house. It can reduce your energy bills if you have shade items by the house. Then there is an outdoor kitchen. You can cook outside and not heat up your house. These are not the old Smokey Joe grills. July 4th is just around the corner and a great time to gather with friend and family. Check out our Outdoor Kitchens and our Summer Specials.