No Central Air? No Problem!
We all know that air conditioning costs can go through the roof during the summer, so knowing how to cool a house without air conditioning could be a real budget saver.
Did you know that utility bills could account for more than 1/3 of your living expenses each month?
Well luckily there are ways to reduce or eliminate your air conditioning bill and associated electricity costs.
The positive side to all of this is that you don’t have to suffer and be uncomfortable without an air conditioning unit. Not having a properly cooled environment could also take a toll on your health as well. This is why having some reliable system of keeping your house cool in the summer is essential.
Further, you should know that just a few small changes could account for your home being 20-30 degrees cooler than the outside. So say if you live in areas where the summer heat is around 100 degrees on the hottest days, which means that you could sit comfortably at 70 or 80 degrees inside of your home or apartment.
Here are the top 5 ways to go without central air in your home:
Buy Anti Heat Window Film: This black out window film could be one of the biggest ways to get your home cooler without using air conditioning. Products such as 3M window tint blocks out nearly 60% or more of the sun light coming through your home. Anti Heat window film also come in clear film to slightly tinted, so that you can be sure that you will never have to alter the outside look of your home. Looking for inexpensive black out window film is often not that difficult. Your local hardware store as well as online resources can provide you with competitive pricing. The other plus to heat and sun rejection home window tint, is that you’ll never have to worry about fading your furniture or curtains from the harshest sun rays known to damage furniture.
Install Black Out Curtains and Shades throughout Your Home: Black out curtains and shades are lined with a special backing that further reduces the sun’s harshest and brightest light that contributes to heating up the home and running the air conditioner all day. Black out curtains and shades have typically been installed in bedrooms to help those who work nights or just have a hard time sleeping and don’t want to be disturbed when the sun comes up. But again, just as the blackout window film, black out curtains can act as double sun rejecter.
Weatherize Your Home and Windows: Ensure that there is no seepage around your windows and doors which can bring hot air in. You can do this by applying caulk to windows and doors where you suspect that hot air is entering your home.
Get an Energy Efficient Portable Air Cooler: Air Coolers are not air conditioners. Air coolers use water to reduce the air temperature by up to 12 degrees or more. When buying a portable air cooler make sure that it has a good ERR or Energy Efficient Rating. Portable air coolers are great if you don’t have a set up in your home with vents and ducts that would support installing a real air conditioning unit.
All of these tips and tricks can provide you lessons on how to cool a house without air conditioning.