An air conditioning system does a great job of keeping your home cool in the summer. However, air conditioning costs can make up as much as 30% of your total power bill. You can save money and still be comfortable. Here are a few ways to cool your home without AC.

Why it’s Important to Reduce Your AC Use

More and more people are living and working from home and managing the temperature is important for comfortable living. To lower your energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint, here are some tips to reduce your dependence on an air conditioner.

Use Shade to Cool Your Home Without AC

The more shade that is available outside of your home, the cooler the inside of your home will feel.  It’s not a short-term solution, but planting trees in your yard provides natural shade. Choose fast-growing shade trees and plant them strategically to block the sunlight from your home.

Install Window Coverings

Keep the harsh daytime sun out of your home to reduce the interior temperature. Lower the blinds or close the curtains to block radiant energy from the sun. Heavy blackout curtains are great for keeping your home more comfortable. Close the curtains during the day and open them in the evenings to allow heat to escape.

Cool Your Home Without AC by Increasing Airflow

A gentle breeze flowing through your home will help to cool your home without AC. An easy way to achieve better airflow is by using ceiling fans to circulate the air in your home. In the summer, set the fans to spin in a counterclockwise direction to create a wind-chill effect. People in the room will feel several degrees cooler without lowering the thermostat.

You can also use window fans to boost airflow. At night, open a window and use a fan facing in to blow the cooler evening air into your home.

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