Beating the Heat


| 8/10/2016 9:12:00 AM


Carol Tornetta

 

 

 

frog in temporary housing



The talking head who appears for twenty-second sound bites between events in the live telecasts of the Rio Olympics has been warning us: the summer’s next heat wave starts tomorrow. I wonder how previous generations of farmers survived these seasons. While our 106-year old house has covered front porches, thick stone walls, and many windows downstairs, it seems that once that old stone heats up, the thermal mass conserves the heat quite well. Too bad the reverse is true in winter, when it gets cold in December and stays that way until April.