Probably been asked/answered a zillion times but... here's a zillion + 1.
I live in a typical ranch house in South Seattle suburb. It's long and narrow and runs north/south. So the front door is on the west side. The kitchen/patio is opposite on the east.
Because we're near the airport, all the houses in this area have -amazingly- thick/dense sound-proofing insulation in walls and ceiling and 3 or even 4 ply windows. And it's sealed pretty tight.
In the summer the house stays cool most of the time during the day BUT as the day wears on, the heat just builds and by 6PM the inside temp will be 85 in the central hallway.
The furnace does have a 'fan mode' but that doesn't seem to do much... probably because the blower is in the garage (which is even hotter) so it's simply circulating hotter and hotter air around.
Now the maddening part is this: the kitchen, which has a patio door to the east patio, will remain nice and cool. But the moment you walk out of the kitchen into the central hallway or the adjoining living room or bedrooms, it's HOT.
So the question is... how to get the air to move from the kitchen/patio (east) to the west? Opening the front door does no good. Strategically placed small fans don't seem to help either. The cool air just pools in the kitchen.
I can't really afford air conditioning. I'm wondering if there are some low-dollar/low-tech solutions for either pulling the hot air out or pushing the cool kitchen air throughout the house.