How to Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning
Use no- and low-cost methods and energy-efficiency enhancements to stay comfortable this summer without soaring energy bills.
When outdoor air is cooler than indoor air, just opening windows and doors to let air flow through our houses can have a natural cooling effect.
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To help keep the indoors cool, open windows in the cooler evening and morning, then close them when the afternoon heats up. Avoid cooking during the hottest part of the day to prevent adding heat to your home.
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Covered porches help shade homes’ interiors, providing a barrier to the heat of the sun.
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The Shade Store (theshadestore.com) offers a wide array of light-filtering, energy-enhancing shades and blinds including cellular shades (pictured), and roller and solar shades, some of which are available in Greenguard-certified materials.
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Ceiling fans are an effective way to help keep room occupants cool, but they don’t cool spaces so turn them off when you leave the room.
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Well-placed awnings and plants can help shade your home’s exterior, lightening the load on your air conditioner.
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Smart ventilation and whole-house fans rely on the stack effect, in which cool air is pulled in through open windows on the lower level and hot air is forced out through the top of the house.