7/3/15 – FUN FACT FRIDAY – 12 Brilliant Ways To Keep Your Home Cool Without Air Conditioning


  1. Keep your blinds closed.  Up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows, and utilizing shades, curtains and the like can save you up to 7 percent on your bills and lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.
  1. Be smart about your doors. Close off rooms to prevent the cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day.
  1. Hack a fan instead of turning on the AC  Fill a mixing bowl with ice (or something equally cold, like an ice pack) and position it at an angle in front of a large fan, so that the air whips off the ice at an extra-chilled, extra-misty temperature.
  1. Swap your sheets.  Buy yourself a buckwheat pillow or two, buckwheat hulls have a naturally occurring air space between them, they won’t hold on to your body heat like conventional pillows.
  1. Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise.  Your ceiling fan needs to be adjusted seasonally. Set counter-clockwise in the summer at a higher speed, the fan’s airflow will create a wind-chill breeze effect.
  1. Focus on the temperature your body, not the house.  From sipping iced drinks to applying a cold cloth to strong-pulsed areas like your neck and wrists, cooling yourself from the inside out is not a bad idea. Other tricks include being smart about your clothing choices.
  1. Turn on your bathroom fans.  Bathroom fans or the exhaust fan in your kitchen, pull out the hot air that rises after you cook or take a steamy shower.
  1. Heat-proof your bed.  Put a cool-inducing under your head while you sleep. For feet, fill a hot water bottle and put it in the freezer before placing at the foot of your bed. And slightly dampening your sheets before bedtime
  1. Let the night air in. Make the most of these refreshing hours by cracking the windows before you go to bed. You can even create a wind tunnel by strategically setting up your fans to force the perfect cross breeze.
  1. Ditch the incandescent lights.  Make the switch to CFLs, Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy in the heat they emit.
  1. Start grilling.  Using your oven or stove in the summer will make your house hotter.
  1. Make a few long-term improvements.  Insulated window films, work similarly to blinds. And additions like awnings and planted trees or vines on or in front of light-facing windows will shield your home from the sun’s rays, reduce the amount of heat your home absorbs

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