20 Tricks to Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning (2022)

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    20 Tricks to Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning (1)By Alexa Erickson, familyhandyman.com

      When the weather heats up, turning on the AC also means emptying your wallet. To avoid the high cost of air conditioning—and to be more environmentally-friendly—follow these cool tips.

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      Close theblinds

      Windows can let in about 25 per cent of summer heat. To cool down a room without AC, make sure to block the heat with shades or blinds during the sunniest hours of the day.

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      Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise

      A ceiling fan isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it appliance. In the summer, the fan blades should rotate counter-clockwise (as you look up at it) to push the air straight down. Increase the fan speed on really hot days.

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      Insulateyour attic and walls

      Many of the things that help keep your home warmer in the winter also help keep your home cooler in the summer. For example, insulation: it lowers energy bills by keeping the cool air in and the heat out.

      Find out more energy conservation tips that will save you a bundle.

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      Strip in the cool

      Weather stripping is in the same category as insulation: it’s thought of as a winter measure, but is equally helpful in summer, as it keeps cool air from escaping through doors and windows. Weather stripping is very inexpensive and doesn’t take much time to install; you can strip the area around a door in less than half an hour.

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      Bake andwash at night

      Large appliances give off significant amounts of heat. Save the operation of ovens, ranges, dishwashers, and clothes washers and dryers for evening hours when cooler temperatures will offset their output.

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      Consider adehumidifier

      Moist heat is much more uncomfortable for people and petsthan dry heat. Dehumidifiers suck the moisture out of balmy summer air in your home, making it much more comfortable, even at higher temperatures. Ideally, keep indoor humidity under 60 per cent. To save on electricity costs, use a unit that turns off when humidity drops below your targeted level. Use the water gathered by the humidifier to water your plants.

      Find out how to make a DIY dehumidifier out of an old coffee can.

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      Shut doors to unused rooms

      If you absolutely must use your air conditioner, confine the coolness to where it’s most needed—rooms that you spend most of your day in or bedrooms at night. Shut doors to areas that do not need to be cooled.

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      Hack a fan

      With a bowl of ice and a fan, you can create a faux ocean breeze. Simply fill a mixing bowl with ice or an ice pack, and put the bowl in front of a fan. Turn the fan on, and the air will mimic a chilly, misty breeze.

      Check out these other household uses for ice cubes.

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      Install cooling curtains

      Sometimes opening all the windows just doesn’t cut it, in which case, spray a sheet with cold water and cover the window’s opening. The breeze will hit the sheet and pass through the cool, damp fabric, which can help cool down a room without AC.

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      Make a DIY air conditioner

      Feel like getting crafty? You can create your own air conditioner by using a fan, 3/8 copper coil, a water pump, ice, cooler box and a plastic pipe. Check out this tutorial for all the information you’ll need.

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      Turn on your bathroom fans

      Your bathroom fans, as well as the exhaust fan in your kitchen, drag the hot air that rises and push it out of your home.

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      Try insulated window films

      Window films offer a ton of benefits, from cutting energy costs to providing you privacy while still enjoying the view and light of the great outdoors. They can provide up to 98 per cent infrared heat reduction compared to unprotected windows, and reduce temperature imbalances in your home.

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      Purchase a chill pillow

      You’ve switched out your flannel sheets for a lightweight set, and there’s another way to cool down at bedtime. Consider purchasing a special pillow that containscooling gel that disperses your body heat.

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      Install an awning

      Installing an awning above your windows will work to shield your home from the sun’s rays. This will ensure the amount of heat your home absorbs is reduced.

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      Hack your windows

      Open the top section of your windows on the downwind side of your house, and the bottom section on the upwind side. This will create a cooling pressure current. You can make things even cooler by facing a box fan out the window.

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      Try planting vines

      Planting vines will work similar to installing an awning. Vines like ivy grow quickly and provide cooling shade. The climbers reduce temperature by blocking the sunlight that heats up exterior walls.

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      Open windows at night

      Take advantage of those breezy summer evenings and open your windows at night to promote a cross-breeze that will help you and your family sleep better. The cooler air will circulate all night, allowing you to start fresh with a cool home in the morning.

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      Give your ducts a boost

      With its easy plug-in-and-power-on design, installing a duct booster fan can draw more cool air into a room that’s too hot. Simply choose the design that’s right for you, place it in the register vent and plug it in for a quick and easy way to cool your space.

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      Get rid of incandescent lights

      Incandescent bulbs waste an estimated 90 per cent of their energy in the heat they emit, so if you’re trying to cool down a room without AC, small shifts like switching to compact fluorescent lamps can have a big impact, while also lowering your energy bill!

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      Set up your fan in the right place

      Because fans merely keep air moving around, rather than actually cooling the air, it’s best to set up your fans in windows or hallways so you can create a cross breeze that will draw in cooler air from the outside (or a cooler part of the house) to the warm areas.

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      FAQs

      How can I make my house colder without AC? ›

      1. Cover Windows. Leaving your windows uncovered during the sunniest hours of the day lets in a considerable amount of heat. ...
      2. Optimize the Use of Fans. ...
      3. Turn on Exhaust Fans. ...
      4. Turn Off Lights. ...
      5. Skip Heat-Producing Appliances. ...
      6. Open Windows at Night. ...
      7. Heat-Proof Your Bed. ...
      8. Get Low and Sleep Low.
      1 Jun 2022

      How can I cool down my house naturally? ›

      8 Ways to Naturally Cool Your Home
      1. Keep an Open Mind to Open Windows. ...
      2. Become a Fan of Fans. ...
      3. Bring the Swamp Indoors. ...
      4. Lock Out the Heat. ...
      5. Stay Out of the Kitchen. ...
      6. Stay in the Shade. ...
      7. Use Cooling Curtains. ...
      8. Treat Your Roof to Some Cooler Coloration.
      15 Aug 2015

      How do I make my room chill without AC? ›

      7 Tips for Cooling a Room Without AC
      1. Keep the Windows Closed and Covered. ...
      2. Shut and Insulate Your Doors. ...
      3. Don't Use the Oven. ...
      4. Swap Your Light Bulbs. ...
      5. Use Fans the Right Way. ...
      6. Manage the Humidity. ...
      7. Let the Night Air In.
      7 Feb 2022

      What is the cheapest way to cool your house? ›

      10 Ways to Keep Your House Cool and Lower AC Costs
      1. Bump up the temperature. ...
      2. Install a smart thermostat. ...
      3. Put your thermostat in the right place. ...
      4. Limit heat-producing appliances during the day. ...
      5. Adjust the temperature at night. ...
      6. Keep windows sealed. ...
      7. Take advantage of shade. ...
      8. Insulate your home against air leaks.
      3 Nov 2022

      Does putting ice cubes in front of fan? ›

      According to the GHI, placing a bucket of ice in front of a fan as a homemade AC unit is just as effective. 'As the air passes over the ice it will be chilled and will circulate refreshingly cold air around the room,' they explain.

      What can I buy to make my room colder? ›

      Not sure how to cool down a room? Below, check out 9 different products that'll chill out your space.
      1. Black+Decker Portable AC Unit. ...
      2. LaoTzi Air Cooler Fan. ...
      3. Vornado Mini Fan. ...
      4. Sensibo Air + Room Sensor. ...
      5. Luxury Cooling Pillow. ...
      6. ChiliPad Sleep System. ...
      7. Dyson Air Multiplier 40-Inch Bladeless Tower Fan.
      11 Aug 2020

      How hot is too hot inside a house? ›

      Excessive heating (over 72 °F or 22 °C) will waste energy and give you a sky-high utility bill. Heating to higher temperatures also lowers the relative humidity (RH) in your home, which dries out everything from your skin to the wood on your floor.

      What is the fastest way to cool down a house? ›

      9 Quick Ways To Cool Down Your Hot Home (That Only Take Minutes)
      1. Open the correct windows. ...
      2. Close window blinds and curtains. ...
      3. Shut doors to hot rooms. ...
      4. Switch your ceiling fans. ...
      5. Put portable fans in the right spots. ...
      6. Run the furnace fan. ...
      7. Turn on the bathroom and stove vents. ...
      8. Shut off unused electronics.
      31 May 2018

      How can I cool my room down fast? ›

      Stave off the sweltering with our top tips to cool down your rooms – fast.
      1. 1: Close curtains and windows. ...
      2. 2: Improvise some air conditioning. ...
      3. 3: Keep your doors closed. ...
      4. 4: Fix reflective window film. ...
      5. 5: Use extractor fans cleverly. ...
      6. 6: Add some bamboo bedding. ...
      7. 7: Cool down your sofa. ...
      8. 8: Eat your meals outside.

      How do you sleep in a hot room? ›

      Tips for Keeping Cool at Night
      1. Draw the Curtains. Closing the curtains or shades will help keep both light and heat out of your sleeping space. ...
      2. Drink Cool or Iced Water. ...
      3. Use Comfortable Clothing and Bedding. ...
      4. Avoid Exercise Before Bed. ...
      5. Avoid Sharing a Bed. ...
      6. Sleep on the Floor. ...
      7. Be Careful With Alcohol and Food. ...
      8. References.
      12 Oct 2022

      How can I cool my room manually? ›

      Here are 10 ways to cool down a room using fans and other items you can easily buy or might already have in your home:
      1. Put window fans to work. ...
      2. Optimize your ceiling fans. ...
      3. Create an icy breeze with tower fans. ...
      4. Cover windows to block sunlight. ...
      5. Block air leaks. ...
      6. Avoid using heat-emitting appliances and electronics.
      19 Jul 2022

      Does putting a wet towel over a fan make it cooler? ›

      Wring the cloth out so that it's damp, not dripping wet. Lay the cloth over the fan. As it blows the air out, it'll circulate through the cloth and the air will feel cooler.

      Do bowls of water cool a room? ›

      Circulate cool air inside

      "You're going to want to circulate cool air inside the house, so fill up some bowls with water and some ice," That Property Guy adds. "Bowls of water will cool down the house, especially if you use a fan."

      Will a bowl of ice cool a room? ›

      Fill a bowl with ice and place it in front of a room fan. The breeze over the slowly melting ice will send chilled water vapor into the air in front of the fan. Combined with the fast-moving air, you'll get a nice, chilly breeze.

      What can I use instead of an AC unit? ›

      Here are five more affordable alternatives.
      • Window air conditioners. Cost: About $200 to $1,000 per unit. ...
      • Portable air conditioners. Cost: About $300 to $1,500 per unit. ...
      • Evaporative air coolers. Cost: From $70 (small and portable) to $1,000 (whole house unit). ...
      • Room fans. Cost: About $5 to $300. ...
      • Whole house fans.
      12 Nov 2020

      What device is best for cooling a room? ›

      You can choose from 10 fan speeds.
      • Dyson Pure Cool TP01 Purifying Fan. $299.99. ...
      • Blueair Blue Pure Purifying Fan. ...
      • Dreo Nomad One S Tower Fan. ...
      • Mini Handheld Personal Portable Fan. ...
      • Vornado VFAN Mini Classic Vintage Air Circulator. ...
      • BLACK+DECKER Stand Fan with Remote. ...
      • Holmes Bionaire Thin Window Fan. ...
      • Honeywell Carnegie Ceiling Fan.
      8 Aug 2022

      How do I make my room less hot and stuffy? ›

      How to cool down a room
      1. Unplug the TV and close the laptop. ...
      2. Make your own air conditioning. ...
      3. Freeze your pillowcase. ...
      4. Choose natural materials. ...
      5. Make an ice-water bottle. ...
      6. Turn off the lights. ...
      7. Limit shower times. ...
      8. Screen sun-facing windows.
      5 Jul 2017

      What is the hottest place in a house? ›

      The Windows

      If your home has a lot of windows, then these are a primary source of heat transference in summer. Especially windows facing east and west, which will get the most direct sunlight hitting them.

      Is it unhealthy to live in a hot house? ›

      Also, heat and humidity exacerbates the ozone levels in the air we breathe, which affects those suffering with asthma, MS, or fibromyalgia. With the high temperatures we've been experiencing this year, anyone could be at risk of getting heat stroke.

      What temperature is too hot for seniors? ›

      When the temperature climbs above 80°F, older adults need to be proactive and take precautions to avoid ailments due to excessive heat.

      Where should a fan be placed in a bedroom? ›

      Place your fan so that it faces the opposite wall from where most of the activity takes place in your space. This approach will drive the air to the surface, where it will bounce off, mingling with the rest of the air and cooling the space.

      Does a room cool faster with the door open or closed? ›

      Closing off a room to save energy actually has the opposite effect. Unless you're looking for some privacy, keep your doors open to save energy. In contrast, you can keep a room cooler by closing off rooms while using a window unit.

      Does putting water in front of a fan work? ›

      Stick a bowl of ice water in front of your fan to help circulate the cooler air. This DIY hack works surprisingly well and takes less than 10 minutes to make.

      Can dry ice be used to cool a room? ›

      If you mean can you cool the air in a room by letting dry ice evaporate, the answer is yes. The evaporation process itself takes in heat and the CO2 that comes off is still much colder than room temperature.

      How can I make a cheap air conditioner at home? ›

      You just need a fan and two plastic soda bottles to make this air conditioner. Modify the bottles by cutting off the end and punching holes in the sides. Then strap them to the back of the fan and fill the bottles with ice. Voila!

      What temperature is too hot for sleep? ›

      Sleeping too hot

      “Heat is a huge disruptor for REM sleep,” Dr. Drerup says. With the heat of the room, your body temperature will also rise, thus undoing the sleep initiation process entirely. If your bedroom temperature is above 70° F, it's too hot.

      Is it cooler to sleep upstairs or downstairs? ›

      A downstairs living room can be up to 15 degrees cooler than a room upstairs, so if you're finding it really unbearable to sleep in your bedroom, commandeer the sofa for the night.

      How can I keep my house cool without electricity? ›

      How to keep your home cool without electricity
      1. Close windows and blinds during the day. ...
      2. Only open the windows when it's colder outside. ...
      3. Dampen the curtains at night. ...
      4. Identify the coolest room in your home. ...
      5. Close the doors of rooms that aren't being used. ...
      6. Avoid cooking indoors. ...
      7. Wait until nighttime to turn on appliances.

      What is the most energy-efficient way to cool a house? ›

      You might also consider fans, evaporative coolers, or heat pumps as your primary means of cooling. In addition, a combination of proper insulation, energy-efficient windows and doors, daylighting, shading, and ventilation will usually keep homes cool with a low amount of energy use in all but the hottest climates.

      Is it cheaper to keep a house cool or cool it down? ›

      Keeping your home at a constant temperature generally means that your HVAC system will run constantly to meet it. This means that your furnace or air conditioner may run when you're asleep, at work, or out of the house. This wastes more energy than the minimal amount that you might save by having it constantly run.

      Can a portable air conditioner cool a whole house? ›

      You can buy an air conditioner that's designed to cool your entire house or just one or two rooms. You can install a window unit, a portable air conditioner, or a ductless mini-split system. And you can buy an air conditioner with a heat pump, which will both cool and heat your home.

      Can a bowl of ice cool a room? ›

      It might look like a strange solution, but it can be very effective for cooling the air quickly. Position a shallow bowl of ice, ice packs or a frozen hot water bottle behind your fan, and it will soon spread the cool temperatures around your room.

      How do people survive in the summer without AC? ›

      Here are 14 methods for doing so.
      1. Stay hydrated. ...
      2. Take a cold shower or bath. ...
      3. Use cold washrags on your neck or wrists. ...
      4. Use box fans. ...
      5. Close your curtains or blinds. ...
      6. Sleep in breathable linens. ...
      7. Install energy-efficient light bulbs. ...
      8. Cook in the morning, with a slow cooker or outside.
      19 Jul 2022

      How did people survive without air conditioning? ›

      Kept windows and doors shut at midday to keep hot air out. Delayed cooking, baking, and kitchen chores until the cooler evening hours. Opened windows at bedtime to let in the cool nighttime air. Blew fans across blocks of ice.

      What house temp saves the most money? ›

      Experts say that setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day is the best way to save money in the winter. While away from home, it is recommended to turn it down. This has been determined to be the ideal setting for savings in the winter.

      What pulls the most energy in a house? ›

      Here's what uses the most energy in your home:
      • Cooling and heating: 47% of energy use.
      • Water heater: 14% of energy use.
      • Washer and dryer: 13% of energy use.
      • Lighting: 12% of energy use.
      • Refrigerator: 4% of energy use.
      • Electric oven: 3-4% of energy use.
      • TV, DVD, cable box: 3% of energy use.
      • Dishwasher: 2% of energy use.
      1 May 2020

      Should I close my windows on a hot day? ›

      “Generally, when it is really hot outside it is a good idea to keep windows closed during the daytime, as you don't want the hot external air to come into the house warming it up. However, after the sun goes down, the outside air will start to cool down,” Browning explains.

      What is the coldest you should keep your house? ›

      The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends setting your thermostat no lower than 64 degrees (F) in the Winter months while people are in the home. If there are infants or elderly individuals, they recommend keeping the temperature at 70 degrees at a minimum.

      What is the best temperature to cool house? ›

      Energy.gov suggests that 68 degrees is a good room temperature while you're awake at home but recommends lowering it while you're asleep or away. Lowering your thermostat 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day can reduce your annual heating expenses by as much as 10 percent.

      What temp should my house be? ›

      The average room temperature is typically around 20°C, or 68 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a good ambient temperature to aim for, but it is important to bear in mind that different rooms will need to be heated to specific temperatures.

      Why are portable air conditioners not popular? ›

      The Cons: Limitations of Portable AC

      Portable air conditioners often take more BTUs — and therefore use more electricity — to cool the same square foot space as a window unit. This is likely because they generate waste heat indoors instead of outside, creating more overall heat for the unit to deal with.

      Does a portable AC waste a lot of electricity? ›

      Portable air conditioners consume slightly less electricity than electric heaters, which are notoriously power hungry. So, yes, portable AC units use a lot of electricity. As a result, it's important to ensure you use an energy efficient model.

      Do they make portable AC units that don't need venting? ›

      Evaporative air coolers offer a ventless portable air conditioner option. These portable AC units don't have a hose and deliver cool air in your home by evaporating water. These add moisture and humidity to the air. They are efficient in dry climates but less effective in humid areas.

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