Swamp Yankee Green: Minimize air conditioning

| by Duo Dickinson
Swamp Yankee Green: Minimize air conditioning

Want to be energy-efficient and Swamp Yankee Green? One trick is to minimize air conditioning.

Windows high and low on more than one wall, venting skylights or attic fans, generous eave overhangs, screen porches — anything that promotes air flow over your skin and puts you in shade limits the time you want the air inside your home colder. Humidity is the great Satan more than temperature, so consider under-air conditioning your home (using it only in bedrooms, and south and west facing spaces) and getting the air bag inside your walls de-damped, without the big chill.

This is a continuing series by author and architect Duo Dickinson. Read his original blog about Swamp Yankee Green.

Topics: Heating & Cooling, Windows

Duo Dickinson
Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinson’s latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program. www

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