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How Air Conditioning Changed How and Where We Live

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:12 AM
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Image credit Jan Tik/ Flickr Rebecca Rosen writes in the Atlantic about a subject dear to our hearts- the dramatic effect of air conditioning on our house design, the things that we do, and even our patterns of settlement. Before air conditioning, in a bygone and surely less comfortable era, people employed all sorts of strategies for keeping cool in the heat. Houses were designed with airflow in mind -- more windows, higher ceilings..... In addition, many homes had porches where families could spend a hot day, and also sleeping porches with beds where they could ride out a hot night. Many home designs took passive solar design principles into account, even if they didn't name them as such. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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