If summer has come and your house is hot, you might look for ways to keep your home cool without using your air conditioner. Times are tight for everyone, and running the air conditioner can be really expensive, so here are ways to stay cool in the summer without relying too heavily on your AC.
One of the facts of summer is that the days are hot, however, the nights are far cooler than the days. If you want to stay cool in the summer without relying on air conditioner, you have to take advantage of the things that will keep you cool, such as the nights. When the cooler weather hits, invite it into your home. Open those windows, make sure you have a cross breeze, meaning have windows open on both sides of the house. Just make sure that you do not open them up before it cools, and make sure you get them closed before it heats back up in the morning. It is also helpful to run your ceiling fans at the time that the windows are open.
There are many ways to feel cooler without A/C.
Cover your windows: Windows let in more heat per square inch than a wall does per square foot. If you want to stay cool in the summer, and do so without relying on your air conditioner, it is best if you eliminate some of the heat from getting into your house. You can do this using blinds, using drapes, using awnings over the outside of the windows. It limits the amount of UV rays that get into your home. It eliminates up to 60% of the heat that comes from the sun. This is going to significantly cut down on the amount of time it takes for you to cool your house without your air conditioner.
Cool foods and cool treats: One way to stay cool in the summer without using your air conditioner is to avoid some of the things that cause your home to over heat. For example, you may not want to bake, or cook on your stovetop. Instead, eat cold foods like sandwiches, and when you get too hot to stand it, help yourself cool down with an ice cold beverage, or a popsicle, ice cream sandwich, or something along those lines. If you feel cooler, your home temperature will not matter as much.
Insulate better: If you want to cut out the heat, and stay cool in the summer without relying on the air conditioner, you should give yourself better insulation. Insulate your attic and basement, as these are two areas that cause your home to get too hot or too cool depending on the season. Insulation is fairly inexpensive, and can help you keep your home cool all summer long.