Originally a member of the famed “Sun Belt” in the 1950’s, Albuquerque has always been a warm, sunny place. Especially in the summer.
Before air conditioning, regions with hot summers would often shut down services and school to avoid heat sickness and dehydration. In fact, that’s the lingering reason why kid still enjoy summer vacation.
So, how did Albuquerque stay cool before air conditioners were installed in every building and home? TLC Plumbing reminisces on our favorite old-school cooling fixes.
Los Altos Outdoor Pool
There’s nothing like a refreshing dip in some water to cool you off in the heat. Before it was an indoor pool, Los Altos was an outdoor public pool for Albuquerque families in the summer time, way before the skate park was there!
Ice Cream and Paletas
Once you heart the jingle of the ice cream truck, there was no stopping the craving. On a hot day, having a cold ice cream or putting a cold drink up to your forehead can really help cool you down.
Evening Stroll in the Bosque
Some things never change about Albuquerque – one of which is the Rio Grande. While it may not be as full of water these days, it will always be refreshing to take an evening stroll in the summer by the bosque.
Go for a Cruise on Central
After a hot day, it was time to roll down the windows and take a cruise down Route 66. It was a good night if you got a milkshake at Blake’s or got to see a movie at the Terrace Twin Drive-In!
In a hot summer, buildings with high ceilings can circulate hot air better than buildings with low ceilings. When the heat rises, there is more room for the heat to disperse if there is more vertical space. This is why older public buildings and churches have high ceilings.
Hanging Laundry in the House
If you didn’t have a swamp cooler, hanging wet clothes was another way to cool down the air inside the house. If a breeze blew through, the air would catch the moist fabric and create a cooling effect.
Cottonwoods by the House
Cottonwoods are full, fast growing trees that can be found all over Albuquerque. And before the days of air conditioning, many people planted them by their east and west facing windows to keep out the heat. While this works, we now know that Cottonwoods have intricate roots that can cause damage to pipes and foundations.
While these are tried and true traditions, there is nothing more comforting than having easy to access cool air in your own home. If you are having any problems with your air conditioning or swamp cooler this summer, contact TLC for fast and dependable repairs. We are the fastest response in town.