shine on advised how to keep cool.
My post was asking for observations and if anyone had success. It was not about how to keep cool. We have both had more experience than many expats. I have also worked in the Middle East and Africa, staying either with my Host or in Cheap Hotels without AC.
I am well aware of how to keep cool in the heat. I have lived on Crete for 12 years, lived in Singapore and also Florida, both very hot places.
The lower floor of my house is very cool as the walls are original, very thick. The 2nd floor is new and is open plan, 3 rooms plus a bathroom., no doors except to the Bathroom area. Insulated, and the two veranda door are double glazed as is the window facing south. We are not able to use ceiling fans upstairs as we bought our parrot with us, the bird, now deceased, flew free, Ceiling fans would have killed him.
All doors and windows have shutters. In the Summer these are shut and only opened as the sun moves around.
We have a large rescue dog who like to patrol the veranda, stops the Polecats from visiting. She has killed two. The door is often open and at night we sleep, winter & Summer with the door open, we cannot sleep unless fresh air is coming into the room.
We have a large garden roof and spend all summer on it apart from when it gets too hot (38 -40). We cook on the roof, have a small gas cooker, a BBQ, a Microwave and off course a refrigerator. Half of the roof is covered by artificial Grass and a covered Pergola.
Due to insulation the house can get very hot in the Summer Months, heat comes in every time a door is opened. We have AC in the bedroom, and have only used it 5 or 6 times. Neither of us like to use it, For the past 12 years we have used Pedestal fans. Initially cheap one. A few years ago we purchased two for upstairs, both 80 watt. These did a reasonable job, needed constant cleaning and move dust around (we are subject to very strong South Winds). Our house is the last one to the South of the village. Other winds do not affect us so much). These fans do not lower the room temperature, but when aimed at us they do cool the body down also provide dry eyes (not very nice)
For the past few years I have been looking at Cooling Fans. Have not found one yet that I believe can do the job of replacing the Pedestal fans. However, technology has moved on and there does appear to be some new products on the Market that may just do the job.
I am very close to making a purchase. I make many purchases from the mainland. But not for anything over 50e. For anything over 50e the purchase must be within Crete. More difficult to bang on the counter if from the Mainland and also difficult to return under a warranty.
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