Have you ever went to an old castle, or a small home that was built in the 1700’s? If you have, you may remember the floors were all stone. Even on the hot days, the stone flooring would still be cool to the touch, which made the room feel far cooler than it really was. The reason the stone floors worked for temperature control is simple: Cold air lingers at the bottom of the room, while heat rises. This simple concept of thermodynamics allowed people from years past keep their homes cool in hot climates. Today, using stone flooring lets the house keep a cool surface to walk on, which helps greatly with keeping the house colder than homes with wood floors. I know it works well, because my good friend has a small house on their property that they converted from a garage. The whole bottom floor uses heavy cobblestones that stay in the shade, making them keep the cool temperature going that’s sought after by so many in our area of the world. It’s sad that stone flooring is uncommon these days, as it’s such a practical way to keep the house cool with no additional energy usage. Maybe the old ways are still the best, but I guess we won’t know for sure until stone flooring makes a big comeback in the housing world!