10 Ways to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

Ways to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning can be a lifesaver during hot summer temperatures. But what if you are unable to afford it. It could also be that you have air conditioning however it is not working or you want to limit your usage in order to save money. 

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Air conditioners can be quite pricey and not everyone can afford to buy one. Plus there is the cost of extra electricity usage once you have made your purchase. There are much less expensive ways to cool your home. 

Here are some ways to keep cool without air conditioning. 

1. Close doors and windows 

Sunlight coming in can quickly lead to an increase in temperature. Blinds or blackout curtains work well to block out the sunlight. Once the temperatures have peaked and it starts to become a little cooler outside, roll up the blinds or tie the curtains back and open up the windows and doors. This will let the heat to escape freely and allow cooler air to enter.

2. Use fans strategically

Place fans in front of windows, and point them facing out of the windows. This will pull the hot air out of your home and blow it out of the windows. This will result in your home becoming cooler.

3. Drink extra water

The most effective way to keep your temperature down is to keep your body filled with fluids and fruits packed with water.

4. Use ceiling fans

Ceiling fans can be really effective in keeping the air moving so that your home becomes cooler. For best results ensure that the fans are rotating counter-clockwise during warm weather.

5. Switch to no-heat lighting 

Incandescent light bulbs give off a lot of extra heat. Making the switch to no-heat bulbs such as fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) is a quick and simple solution that will help keep your home cool during summer. 

6. Cook outside 

During the summer months make good use of your grill. Barbecue food can be prepared in many different ways. Opt for a solar powered grill to help save you money at the same time you are cooking up delicious food. 

7. Create an ice fan 

Fill a large bowl with ice and place it in front of a large box fan. This will release a chilled breeze and help to cool you down. Note that this method will only be effective for small areas of space. 

8. Unplug appliances that are not in use

When electronics are plugged in they generate heat even if they’re off or not in use. This can cause your home to become even hotter. Unplug things like toasters, televisions, or charging devices when they are not in use.

9. Use a dehumidifier

Heat from moisture is even more uncomfortable than dry heat. Dehumidifiers suck the moisture out of balmy summer air in your home. To save money choose a dehumidifier that automatically shuts off when humidity drops below your targeted level. You can then use the water gathered to water plants. 

10. Wear cotton

Lightweight cotton is a summer essential. Get cool with loose soft cotton shirts, tank tops, shorts, and dresses.

Ways to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

What are some ways you keep cool without air conditioning?

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  1. I live in Arizona, so with 120 degree days, air conditioning is a necessity. That said, these are great tips to help keep the house cooler and not have to run it as much.

  2. If I didn't have AC - I would legit sit in the freezer. I am NOT good with heat!

  3. With no AC, these are all things we do to keep us cool! Some summer nights can get uncomfortable, but fans and an open window get me through.

  4. I try to do a lot of these. Our A/C has broken before (eek!) so we had to get creative a few times. Not fun.

  5. The main motto to avoid air conditioning is to help aid reverse climate change! All these solutions are so important for that. It helps a lot if everyone does their part to help balance the atmosphere!

  6. Sometimes it's really difficult to keep cool without the air conditioning, which I don't really have. Hope your tips will help me a little bit with that problem! :)

  7. All great options. I can usually go pretty long into the summer without air conditioning, although the humidity kills me.

  8. Great advice. I use a fan to keep the bill lower but also stay cooler. It's the humidity that kills me personally.

  9. These are nice pointers to consider. I agree with placing the fan strategically. And yes to humidifier. It helps a lot.

  10. Great helpful points.It will also help with the electricity bills.Humidity is a problem so yes to dehumidifier.Thanks for the tips.

  11. I live in a city that's hot almost all year, so air conditioner is a must-have and I can't live without it (I know that it sounds exaggerating as years ago people can handle heat easily without it). However, these tips are awesome. My mom had a trip to the suburb recently, staying at a hotel without any AC, and these tips would have been useful to her. Thanks for sharing this! ~ Ola @ WanderWithOla

  12. love this topic! every single one of them is such an important tips during this season. Thanks so much for sharing

  13. I run my ceiling fans all the time. I feel like helps keep the air circulating in my house, especially the bedroom.

  14. All these are great tips to keep cool without AC.I always like to use cotton wear that are comfortable for the home.Ceiling fans are helpful too for us to avoid AC during the day time.

  15. this is a much needed post, I live in SPain and it's so hot right now. It's been like this since the beginning of July!

  16. The air coolers can be accused of batteries that make the coolers work viably.