Because I grew up in the southernmost reaches of a southern state, I think a few secrets about cooling that not most people knows.
Back in the day, houses were constructed of CBS block, otherwise known as cinder block.
These big plus heavy blocks of concrete help keep the cooling inside where it belongs. Also, several people suppose awnings are on buildings just to look interesting or pretty. That is not the case. Awnings help give shade; back in the day before cooling system became commonplace, it was the awnings that might save you. Even after cooling system was becoming popular plus affordable, the awnings helped your cooling system work a little less difficult by offering a bit of a buffer against the sun. A really long time ago, houses were built to encourage breezes. The breeze was the only air conditioning that was invented yet, so anything someone could do to get more breezes into the apartment was a fine idea, however houses were built with windows directly in line with 1 another so the breeze would go in 1 window plus out the other. Window air conditioning systems came along, plus a lot of the older folks hated the window cooling system units because they figured if the cooling system broke, it would be in the way of getting a cross-breeze. Some older homes also have what is called a sleeping porch. Sleeping porches were used before the invention of air conditioning because it would get so sizzling in the apartment that no 1 could get to sleep. Sleeping porches provided the natural cooling system known as wind.