Too hot to breathe…

…and darn near too hot to blog.

Thank goodness I never started counting the number of consecutive triple-digit days we’re enduring. It’s been a long, long time since we had a heat wave like this.

My poor old HVAC is valiantly trying to keep up with 103, 104, 105. Day after day. Part of the problem is that it was still 100 at 8pm last night. Not much opportunity for the a/c to get ahead or breathe.

I think part of the problem is the roof. I have 3 fewer layers of shingles up on top and I kinda wonder if all that weight might have been adding insulation. Heck, I dunno.

What I do know is that I left a fandango last night at 10 and went to Wal Mart for a couple of additional fans. The place was packed. I guess everybody decided to do their shopping after it cooled off.

Anyway, I came up with a system today for my bedroom. Cheap little fan against the outside wall helps boost a/c from my floor vent. Ceiling fan in the center of the room pushes hot air down. Decorative table fan pushes air out the bedroom door and into the hall. New tall fan pushes cold air from the living room vent back into the hall. There’s a really nice little vortex here in the bedroom and an even better one in the hallway.

Meanwhile, unessential rooms are sealed off and vents are closed. I abandoned the back of the house around 1:30 this afternoon. It just gets way too hot back there.

I’m not the only one suffering from an HVAC system that can’t keep up with these temps.

Fer shure, 100+ temps for an extended period of time change the attitude of a place. From crispy, brown lawns to wilted people with short tempers — these temperatures are stressors.

My heart goes out to folks who hafta work in this heat — especially roofers who are still working hard to replace hail damage from April. Remember the chilly, rainy spring? We wondered if we’d ever see an Arkansas summer.

Something tells me in a few months I’ll be looking out my bedroom window at snow and ice and thinking about this heat wave.

It’s sunny and 92 at 8:30pm. Forecast tomorrow is a second consecutive day of 105.

Thank goodness for a/c. Even a wheezy one…

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2 thoughts on “Too hot to breathe…

  1. Hey, Tracy! 🙂

    Colorado is off. Staying put for the foreseeable future, and Dr. ER is lookin’ for new opportunities.

    Please join me in extending best wishes to the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, today, on the occasion of his 47th birthday.

    Thank you.

    –EHR

  2. LOL at E Hussein Redneck.

    I’ve been sneakin’ over into your Indian Territory blogosphere now and again. Glad you’re doin’ okay.

    Ya’ll come see me sometime when the river stops boiling. 🙂

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