Amish facts/history, Amish view Comments: 21

DSCN6526It’s here! The dog days of summer … or is it “dog daze.” Regardless, it feels like we’re melting in the south. So I thought I’d do a blog on how the Amish survive summer because as you know, they do not have air-conditioning.

  1. Most Amish homes are specifically designed so that they will catch a cross breeze. They have high ceilings and tall windows, which also helps.
  2. An Amish home and yard have many tall shade trees. In most Englisch subdivisions, a developer will go in and level the trees because “it’s not worth it to save them.” The houses go up and landscape is planted. Amish homes depend on the shade from mature trees to keep their house cool, so when they’re building – they plan around the trees.
  3. As you know, the Amish dress modestly–which you would think would be very hot. I’m reminded of my dad saying that he was cooler in a cotton long sleeved shirt than in a sleeveless one. Seems counter-intuitive, but I’ve also seen gardeners working in long sleeve shirts. I think the key is that the fabric needs to be breathable.
  4. Another saying from my dad was that “lightbulbs give off 98% heat and 2% light.” He might have been teasing in order to convince me to turn off lights when I left a room, or he might have been telling the truth. Regardless, the Amish don’t have many of the things in their homes that create heat – lights, appliances, etc.
  5. The women and children work outside early in the morning and late in the afternoon when it is cooler. That may seem obvious but occasionally I find myself dragging the trash to the curb at 11 in the morning, when it feels like I’m crossing White Sands New Mexico to get to the street.
  6. The Amish choose northern locations to live. There’s one small community in Texas, and to my knowledge there are none in New Mexico or Arizona. Not only is it uncomfortable to live in these locations during the hot summer months, but it’s nearly impossible to irrigate without some form of power.

I think that one reason the heat doesn’t bother the Amish as much as it does me or you is simply that they haven’t become accustomed to air-conditioning. I grew up without a/c in my home. My husband didn’t have it in his school. We survived and surprisingly we have good memories of those times. So much of life is making the best of what you have.

Comment below with how you combat the heat of summer, and I’ll draw one winner to receive my latest release. Our winner from the last post was Erika.



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21 thoughts on “Summertime

  1. Janet Estridge

    Here in Florida there is no escaping the heat whether it is winter, spring, summer, or fall. What cools me down is a tall glass of sweet iced tea with a wedge of lemon.

  2. Debbie Earls

    When I am outside in the summer set up at the horse shows, rodeos & fairs, I will keep a wet wash cloth in my cooler or wet wipes. When I get really hot, I will wipe my face & the back of my neck with it. Sometimes my arms & legs! I also have fans to keep the air stirred up.

  3. Gail Hollingsworth

    I wear long sleeves, especially when camping to keep mosquito bites to a minimum. And cotton or bamboo does help. I love the frosted coffee they have at Chick fil a. I bring it home, put it in my freezer and a few hours later I eat it with a spoon, yum and it cools me off!

  4. Lori Smanski

    this is an interesting post. i like to sit in the shad with a cold iced tea. I like to leave the doors open so the breeze can go through the house. we have a large walnut tree in the front of the house and another one in the back of the house. these trees help enormously. i still like my shorts and t-shirts at home. but when i go out i like to wear skirts and blouses with sandals.

  5. Gee Dixon

    Our home is not air conditioned and we have a 2 story home. Hubby and I both were raised with no a/c. But we do as my mama did with cold wash cloths wrung out and laid over a fan. One nice thing is we do live in Central Oregon and do get a nice breeze and at times high winds.

  6. Janie

    I keep a spray bottle filled with cool water with me at my grandchildren’s hot ball games. Also rub ice on my arms. I grew up without a/c in my schools and just a window water cooler at home. Swimming at the pool helped!

  7. Vicki Sanders

    I drink water and find a cool, breezy spot in the shade to sit. Inside it is air conditioning with fans.

  8. Mary Lou Hazelrigg

    Grew up with no a/c, except i remember when we drove 10 miles to the new Kroger’s Grocery in town, it had a/c. Love your Amish info and your books.

  9. Juanita Cook

    I am outside in the early morning & later in the evening when it is cooler. Stay in when it gets too hot outside.

  10. Sandra M

    I grew up without a/c as well and still prefer to have the windows open and ceiling fans going instead of using the air conditioner all the time. I live in South though and I get over-ruled by my husband and son to put on the air! Otherwise a lot of swimming, sweet tea, and shady spots.

  11. Karen Tackett

    I love your information about the Amish and summertime! Heat bothers us more now in our older years so we do look for ways to stay cool. We do have A/C but we also leave it set on 78 and keep our drapes drawn. In our office we have blinds so we do have light there but our blinds are just barely open turned down. Also we use ceiling fans to stir the air. In Texas it gets really hot but doing these few simple things helps us stay comfortable throughout the summer.

  12. Janet Wilton

    We live in Kentucky and do not have or want air conditioning. We keep the drapes closed during the day to keep the house cooler and we do use ceiling fans and a window fan in our bedroom. I have found that cape dresses sewn with ‘tropical breeze’ fabric wick away moisture. I do alot of canning year round, but summer is when I am busiest with it. I have a heavy duty propane camp stove I use to can things outside, rather than turning the house into an unbearable oven. Any baking is done early morning, same with outdoor chores. It can sometimes be a little challenging…but we try to live with the seasons as God created them.

  13. Valorie Smith

    I grew up in Florida with no AC at home or school…. we kept cool with a fan most year round. By the time I entered high school we had moved to a farm that had a great pond for swimming until the gator moved in….then we got an above ground pool…we always took a swim before bed to cool us down….or any other time of day when we need to…

  14. Marilyn R

    Working outside early morning and keeping blinds drawn from the heat along with drinking plenty of water.

  15. Tracy Luscombe

    My first apartment was upstairs on the west side of a house in Macon, GA, no a/c, and a couple of windows painted shut. It did have high ceilings and a claw foot bathtub. Laying in a cool tub of water while reading was the best way to cool off.