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How to Keep Your Home Cool During the Summer Without Central Air Conditioning

Summer can be a lot of fun, but when the inside of your house is pushing a million degrees it can also be a bit of a drag. If you don’t have central air conditioning, then keeping your home cool is a serious challenge. Luckily, there are steps you can take to help make the air a bit more comfortable. Follow these four tips, and your house will no longer double as an insufferable sauna.

Keep The Air Moving

The single best way to combat sweltering summer air is by loading your house with heavy-duty fans. Not only will the breeze feel nice, but you’ll also be doing an effective job of ventilating the air. For an even better chilling effect, fill a bowl with ice and position it in front of a fan. You’ll feel a tremendous relief from your little arctic blast.

Block the Outdoor Light

A lot of the heat in your home comes from the sunlight shining through the windows. Keeping the blinds or shutters closed will mitigate this problem. Of course, you might not want to keep out the fresh air. If that’s the case, then at least be strategic about only opening the shutters where direct sunlight is not hitting the home.

Avoid Using the Oven and Stove

If your house is already hot, the last thing you want to do is add to the heat with a lit stove or cranked-up oven. If you have a grill, then do your summer cooking outdoors. If not, try not to cook at all on the hottest of summer days. There are plenty of delicious meals you can prepare without cooking a thing.

Take Advantage of the Cooler Nights

Even in the middle of summer, the air becomes at least a bit cooler once the boiling sun finally sets. Don’t let these nightly reprieves pass by without taking proper advantage. Open all your windows so that the cool night air pours into your home. Open up your interior doors and keep your fans blowing, creating corridors through which the air will pass as it permeates your home. Then, when the following day ratchets up the heat, your house will at least be starting from a cooler position.

Summers will always be hot, but you don’t need to spend them jealously eyeing your neighbors with AC. With a few simple measures, you can make your house surprisingly comfortable no matter how hot it is outside.

Tim Esterdahl

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