So, anyone want to share some tips on what they do to keep their house cool in summer? If you own a multiple story house, particularly an older style, you're probably dreading the return of the summer humidity as much as I am. Unless of course you're one of the lucky few that own an A/C, which sadly we do not. What happens is that you end up with a lower floor that is almost tolerable, and your upstairs heat will rival that of the devil's playground. What we do is generally open the windows all up during the day on the shady side of the house, to let in the cooler air (ha, cooler air, how funny!). Close the blinds on the sunny side. You know how it is when you open the windows in your house and you can actually feel the hot air pour in? Yuk! Better to keep 'em closed in that situation. A few floor fans downstairs if it's really hot. We also have ceiling fans in the bedrooms and kitchen. Fans on medium during the day, on full at night if it's a scorcher, low if it's just stuffy, off if it's tolerable non-humid weather. Windows open wide on nice days. What about those fans that you prop in the window? Would sucking the hot air out of the house help? Or are they a waste? Would buying a few room-size A/Cs be worth it? Just to run at night with the bedroom doors closed? Maybe some of you have some alternative ideas?