That's the kind of weather we've been having. A TV report said yesterday that sales of portable air-conditioners are booming. All this happens every time we have a hot spell in June or July. French houses aren't air-conditioned, and they don't have forced-air heating with duct work and floor or wall registers that could be adapted to work for both heat and AC.
Old cast-iron radiators don't do much for you if you want AC. And French windows are not built to accommodate window-unit AC. They open into the room. They aren't "guillotine" windows like in much of the U.S.
So there we are. No AC. I bought a fan. I think it's a nice one — a column — and the price was surprisingly reasonable. It seems to work well. I could buy a portable, roll-about AC unit, but we wouldn't use it enough to justify the expense.
The fan's about three feet/one meter tall.
For the 10 or 12 nights out of the year when we feel the need to run a fan in the bedroom, we'll have it. We have another one, and now we'll put it in the guest bedroom. Let's hope this summer doesn't turn into a 2003-style heat wave. Last summer was just pleasantly warm all the way through, and we didn't even use the fan much.
Most summers we won't use it very much. The high temperature reading on our outdoor thermometer yesterday was just over 90. That was 32.6ºC. This morning, it's 22ºC, or about 72ºF, at 8:00 a.m. That's warm. And there's not much wind at all. But we are supposed to get a break over the weekend.