Have you ever heard the saying, "it's not the heat, it's the humidity?"

Living in Wyoming, probably not.

The eastern and southern parts of the country are extremely humid, and that humidity adds to the already hot summer heat.

Wyoming has a dry climate, so we don't deal with humidity often. I'm not saying that it doesn't get humid from time to time, but it's not a constant factor in our weather.

Now that summer is officially here, our temperatures could start to creep into the 90s and maybe low 100s on occasion. Dealing with those temps can be tough, so how can you fight it?

There are a few options to beat the heat.

  1. Play the fans and windows game - Open the windows during the cool parts of the day, close them during the warm parts, and crank the fans to circulate the air.
  2. Buy an Evaporative Cooler (Swamp Cooler).
  3. Buy an Air Conditioning Unit.

The first option can work in a pinch, but if you want to cool your home down really well, I would go with the second or third option.

Before 2016, I'd primarily lived in humid climates and hadn't even heard of a swamp cooler. So, air conditioning units were all I knew. I also dreaded paying the summer electric bills because running the AC is expensive.

There is a difference between the two ways they work. AC units pull in warm air, cool it with refrigerant, and then blow the air out with a fan. Swamp coolers use water-saturated pads to cool the air and a fan to blow it out, which can lower the air temperature in your home by about 20 degrees.

Since the swamp cooler is cheaper and works well, I elect to go that route. Air Conditioning is great, don't get me wrong, but if I can save a few bucks and stay cool simultaneously, I'm in.

Here are the pros for swamp coolers and air conditioning units.

Options How To Actually Cool Your House In Wyoming
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