5 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in Summer without Air Conditioning

| 6/28/2011 9:50:14 AM

As temperatures rise, you’ll be tempted to slide that thermostat down. Summer heat can mean astronomical utility bills if you rely on air conditioning to keep your home cool. Lessen your dependence on the AC unit this summer with these tips for keeping your home cool naturally.

1. Keep the sun out. 

Summer sunshine might be cheery, but it brings an extraordinary amount of heat into the home. Keep the sun—and its heat—out by closing blinds, drapes and windows during the day. Light-colored window treatments can reflect light and heat away from your home as well. Or consider building interior shutters, which will block the sun in summer and increase your home’s insulation value for winter.

 sunny living room
While a sunny home sounds cheery, sunlight brings heat. Keep curtains, shades and blinds closed to prevent your home from overheating. Photo By sgt fun/Courtesy Flickr. 

2. Don’t create excess heat. 

Appliances and lighting generate heat when in use. To keep your home cooler, turn off unnecessary lighting, and swap out heat-producing incandescent light bulbs for cooler compact fluorescent light bulbs. Try to use appliances during the coolest part of the day. Instead of using the stove or oven for food preparation, enjoy a salad or a sandwich, use the outside grill or prepare meals in your slow cooker.

3. Fan it. 

Make good use of all types of fans: ceiling fans, box fans, attic fans. Adjust your ceiling fans’ blades so that the leading edge is higher, which will circulate cool air. When the temperature drops at night, open the windows and place fans on the windowsill to draw in cool air. For an extra cool breeze, place a frozen water bottle in front of the fan. Attic fans can also pull in cooler air from outside.

Use fans to cool your home. Place a fan on an open windowsill at night to draw in cool air, or place a frozen water bottle in front of a fan to increase its cooling capacity. Photo By Kenneth Lu/Courtesy Flickr. 

6/16/2015 12:48:39 PM

Grow trees in garden to block the sun from entering your house is great idea in summer when the degree goes above 90. I think have an small or medium aquarium in garden also helps to reduce the heat in your house. Nothing is more interesting than www.sheffieldfurniture.com fish swimming and snip one's coffee in early morning.

3/13/2015 10:44:52 AM

I live in an area where summer temps of less than 100° are unheard of, except in the middle of the night. We discovered the short stubby piñon pines we plant after using for our Christmas tree are one of natures best air cooling units! Sprinkle a little water on the short needle pines and the slightest breeze will drop the temperature up to 15° lower. People don't usually think of pine trees as good shade trees, but they will cool off the area around them with or without water on the needles. When my husband built my new studio, he made sure it was well insulated and I just wish the house was insulated the same. I can open my studio door on a 110°+ day the night cooled air can be felt like an oasis in this drought ridden desert. Using what nature has to offer in the way of landscaping, and some natural product insulation, is the only way to keep me able to spend any time living in this area. However, I do escape the summer heat when it gets to much by heading to my mothers mountain house. But sadly the global warming is creeping in at 8000 ft altitide and many up there are putting in AC units to "combat" the heat without stopping to realize they are only contributing to the problem that they are combating.

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