How to keep your house cool WITHOUT Air Conditioning
We have had numerous hot and humid days this summer and not everyone is fortunate enough to have air conditioning in their homes. Here are some tips to keep your home cool without racking up your hydro bill.
KEEP YOUR BLINDS CLOSED
Up to 30% of unwanted heat comes from your windows and using blinds or curtains can save you up to 7% on your bills and can lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees. Blackout curtains would be the best as they block sunlight, naturally insulating the room they are in.
USE A FAN
We all use fans to circulate air and help keep us cool but here is another way fans can help. Fill a mixing bowl with ice or an ice pack and position it at an angle in front of a large fan so the air whips off the ice giving you and extra chilled blast of air.
Turn your bathroom and kitchen fans on to pull the hot air that rises after you cook or shower out of the house.
Set your ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise in the summer at a higher speed. The fans air flow will create a wind-chill breeze effect.
KEEP YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE DOWN
Cool your body from the inside out by sipping tasty iced drinks, drinking plenty of water and applying a cold cloth to strong-pulsed areas like your neck and wrist. Wear light clothing that allows your body to breathe. You can also keep a bowl of cool water by your bed to dip your feet in when you feel warm during the night.
LET THE NIGHT AIR IN
Temperatures may drop during the night so make the most of these refreshing hours by opening the windows before you do to bed. You can also create a wind tunnel by setting up your fans to force the perfect cross breeze. Just remember to close your windows again as soon as you get up.