It’s hot! What’s your point?
The word is that this is going to be a very hot summer (going to be?). The load shedding has already begun, as more air conditioning units are turned on more often, just for a little sleep. Everybody’s talking about generators.
We have nothing against generators. Of course we have noticed that most people don’t factor in the cost and hassle of operating one when they see the “deal” on the price, but in the end, it’s whatever floats your boat. Power to (or from) the generator.
This short article is just a reminder that we live in a particular climate and that that climate has both positive and negative characteristics. Our reaction may well be to buy a generator, but if not, or if the cost of fuel has you down, here are a few thoughts that might help.
The first thing to note is that although it is hot there is still usually a breeze. It comes from the southeast most of the time, and it will pass through and cool your house if you let it. That means opening doors and windows on the east and south sides of the house where the incoming breeze has a way to get out on the opposite side of the room or the house. It also means that curtains (especially those pretty, velvet ones) block the breeze and must be left open. Next, you might consider how you could create shade on the south and west sides of the house, so that 100-degree sun doesn’t get into your house in the first place. The most effective (and pleasant) kind of shade is a tree with a canopy.
Thirdly, if you do create such shade, especially on the east or south side of the house, bring out some furniture, food and libation and move outside. Your parents did. Invite a few friends over, crack a cold one and now you can complain in relative comfort about BPL, global warming and bad architecture.
Summertime, and the livin’ is… hot.
• Patrick Rahming & Associates is a full-service design firm providing architectural, planning and design services throughout The Bahamas and the northern Caribbean. Visit its website at www.pradesigns.com, design blog at https://rahmblings.wordpress.com and like its Facebook page. The firm can be contacted by phone at 356-9080 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The firm’s mission is to help clients turn their design problems into completed projects through a process of guided decision-making, responsible environmental advice and expert project administration.