Have you ever seen an old home or castle that was built in the 1760’s? If you have, you may recall the floors were all stone. Even on the hotter days, the stone flooring would still be cool to the touch, which made the room feel much cooler than it really was. The reason the stone floors worked for temperature control is simple: Cold air lingers at the bottom of a room, while heat rises. This simple concept of thermodynamics let people from years past keep their homes cool in hot climates. Today, using stone flooring allows the house keep a cool surface to walk on, which helps a lot with keeping the house colder than homes with wood floors. I know it works good, because my good friend has a tiny house on their property that they converted from their garage. The whole bottom floor uses heavy cobblestones that stay in the shade, making them keep the cool temperature going that’s wanted by so many in our area of the world. It’s sad that stone flooring is not common these days, as it’s such a practical way to keep the home cool with no additional energy usage. Maybe the old ways are still the best, but I guess we won’t ever know for sure until stone flooring makes a big comeback in the housing world!