Here in Michigan it’s been abnormally HOT, we’ve had several days in the 90’s and that’s very rare here. Normally we have 3 days a year that reach over 90 but we’ve already passed that number and looking at more of the same temps in upcoming weeks. For me that’s way to hot, I hate using the air conditioning it makes me feel like a caged animal that’s getting no fresh air.
The good part is our nights get down in the 40-60 range which is great sleeping weather with all the windows open. So here’s what I’ve been doing, my own little experiment. I open up all the doors and window about 9 every evening and let all the cool air in, and when I get up in the morning I close all the windows to keep in the coolness. It works like a charm our air only comes on once all day.
I knew the french doors work like big magnifying glasses and let tons of light and heat into the house so I decided if I could filter that light it would stay much cooler in the house. My first thought was to hang matchstick blinds, so I went in search of the size I needed.
After looking around and realizing I’d have to put holes in the door to attach them I went to plan B. I found magnetic rods in black at Kmart (I was having my hair cut that day and it’s the only place in town to shop so I took a chance and stopped in to see what was available) and 63″ sheer panels fit perfectly to block the sunlight.
I decided to add a rod to the top and bottom of the sheer to keep it tight. It works like a charm, it blocks the hot sun but doesn’t make it dark in the house, and I can take it down once the 90 degree days let up without having done any damage to the door.
I don’t even mind the look, it’s something different for a change and I’m not stuck with it forever. Once the sun shifts to the other side of the house I take the bottom rod and slide it up the door making it look more like a balloon valance and I can see out over the back 40 again.