My beautiful new apartment is an oven: How can I keep it cool?
January 18, 2014 10:44 AM Subscribe
Just moved into a wonderful new apartment that the lady friend and I are in love with. Fantastic neighbors, perfect location, amazing view. Except that we face the lovely California sunshine and the temperature difference during the day can literally be 20 degrees or more. I work from home quite a bit and I've actually taken to working on the stoop because when its 65 outside, it can be 85-90 inside.
What can we do to keep it cool? Deets inside.
posted by GilloD to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The windows are typical LA, single pane and thin. The floors are concrete which, I think, is part of our problem- They catch and hold the heat. We have an AC unit, but it can only do so much and I loathe to have it running all day.
Are there DIY, simple window treatments that could help? I'm not above blocking the windows entirely if there's some kind of reflective material I could buy. We have heavy wooden shades right now that block most of the beams, but the radiant heat is still intense.