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Title : How to keep Your House Cool without Air Conditioning Previous tip PreviousNext Next tip

  • If you have got a flat roof, paint it with a specially formulated reflective paint or just paint it white. The reflective effect will help to keep the rooms under the flat roof much cooler.
  • Summer sunshine might be cheery, but it brings an extraordinary amount of heat into the home. Keep the sun and its heat out by closing blinds, drapes and windows during the day. Light-colored window treatments can reflect light and heat away from your home as well. Consider building interior shutters, which will block the sun in summer and increase your home’s insulation value for winter.
  • In summer, plant shade trees around the house. Don’t plant trees on the South if you want to benefit from passive solar heating in the winter.
  • Appliances and lighting generate heat when in use. To keep your home cooler, turn off unnecessary lighting, and swap out heat-producing incandescent light bulbs for cooler compact fluorescent light bulbs. Try to use appliances during the coolest part of the day. Instead of using the stove or oven for food preparation.
  • If temperatures are on the chilly side after the sun goes down, crack a few windows open to let a breeze come through and cool the house. Just be sure to close them before the temperature.
  • A towel soaked in cold water is a great way to cool down. Apply it to your neck, wrists, and forehead for some relief during the hottest part of the day.
  • Use portable fans or ceiling fansand the “Fan only” setting on your heating system’s thermostat to keep the air moving.

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