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5 Ways to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

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Stephanie MialkiGuest Blogger
July 12, 2016 · 2.5k Views

Summer is here and there’s no denying that it’s a hot one! While it may seem impossible to make it through the summer without air conditioning, it’s definitely not! Having central air or an AC in every room is NOT the only way to stay cool during the summer. There are actually lots of ways to keep your cool during this time of year (pun intended). Take a look!


1. Cool down your bedding.

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From buying lightweight, breathable sheets to sticking your sheets right in the freezer, there are several ways to cool down your bedding:

  • The first is to simply choose the right material for your sheets. Avoid textiles like flannel and fleece, as these are very insulating. Instead, choose cooler materials like cotton, silk, or satin as these are all very lightweight, breathable, and great for ventilation. As for pillows, you may want to purchase a buckwheat pillow, as these don’t absorb your body heat like conventional pillows do.

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  • The second way, if you can afford it, is to invest in a cooling sheet set or pillow that will keep you cool all throughout the night. These cooling sheet sets are about $200, while the cooling pillows run anywhere from $25 to $150.

  • Lastly, if you can’t afford an actual cooling sheet set, consider sticking your sheets in the freezer to create your own cooling sheet set! It sounds crazy, I know, but it’s actually quite common! Just be sure to put your sheets in a bag or something, in order to keep them clean and fresh.

2. Stay hydrated.

The first step to keeping cool is keeping your body temperature down, and there is no better way to do that than to drink lots of cool water. The CDC actually says to think of your body as an air conditioner. This means that even if you don’t like your water ice-cold, you should still still try keep your water topped off with some cooler water.

3. Get creative with your fans.

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Rather than turning to an air conditioner, just hack your fans instead! There are several ways to go about this one as well:

  • Set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise at a higher speed during the summer time. This will allow the fan to pull the hot air up and out instead of just twirling it around the room. The airflow will create a wind-chill breeze, making your house feel much cooler.

  • If you have box fans in your windows, turn them around so that they are facing outward. This will allow them to pull the hot air from the inside of the house and push it out the window.

  • Create a cross-breeze by positioning your fans appropriately. If there is a breeze outside, position a fan across from the window on the opposite side of the room to create a cooling cross-breeze between the two air sources.

  • Lastly, you can actually turn your fan into a little DIY air conditioner! This is the coolest trick of all, in my opinion (pun intended again)! Fill a large bowl or pan with ice and place it right in front of a fan. As the ice melts, the breeze from the fan will pick up the cold water from the ice and create a cool mist with it. If you want to learn how to make the DIY air conditioner pictured above, check out the tutorial from Buzzfeed.

4. Keep the sun out.

Did you know that 30% of indoor heat comes from your windows? Did you also know that using shades and curtains can lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees?? The simple solution here is to always keep your blinds closed, as this will help to block the sun’s heat. If you want to step it up a notch, consider investing in insulated curtains or window tint film to keep the sun’s heat out even more! Either way, it’s important to keep your blinds and curtains closed all day until the sun goes down. Then you can open your windows at night to let the hot air out and the cool air in!

5. Cut back on unnecessary heat sources.

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This is another hack with many different tips to consider. From switching out your light bulbs to unplugging your electronics, there are many ways you can minimize unnecessary heat sources throughout your home.

  • Did you know that incandescent bulbs waste almost 90% of their energy via heat emission? Therefore, switching from incandescent lights to compact fluorescent lamps or LEDs can help to cut back on both energy costs and heat emissions.

  • Turning off lights can also cut back on unwanted heat and can help you to save on your electricity bill. With daylight lasting until 8 or 9 at night, keeping lights off during the day shouldn’t be an issue. Take advantage of that natural light!

  • Turning off and even unplugging unused electronics is another way to reduce heat and save on electricity. Turn off TVs and computers when they’re not in use, and unplug small appliances, phone and tablet chargers, and the like when they’re not being used


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Stephanie Mialki is a mommy of two under two, a fitness enthusiast, and a digital marketing guru. She spends all of her spare time….oh wait, what spare time? She has a passion for business building and has successfully assisted more than 20 entrepreneurs start their own companies.