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How to Keep Your House Cool Without AC

How to Keep Your House Cool Without AC

Summertime heat is sometimes brutal if your home doesn’t have air conditioning. At Hutchinson, we know how hot the summers are in the area, so we have a few ideas to keep your house cool until your air conditioner gets repaired or installed. Below are 9 tips to beat the summer heat.

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1. Close the Windows and Doors

When it’s hot during the day, closing the windows and doors in your house can help ward off some heat. While many people like having the breeze that an open door offers, it also allows the heat from outside to travel through your home. Keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible to keep the heat out. It’s also helpful if you close doors to rooms that you aren’t using during the day.

2. Insulate the Windows and Doors

When you want to keep your house as cool as possible in the summer, it’s just as important that your doors and windows are well-insulated to the heat as they are to the cold winter months. Check your doors to make sure there are no gaps or cracks letting air into your residence. It will also help if you make sure the windows close well so that there isn’t any air getting into your home. Window coverings are also essential to keep the hot air outside. In the bedrooms, you can use blackout curtains, which will keep the rooms nice and cool. If you want to let natural light into the living areas, consider a medium-colored curtain with a white backing.

3. Use Box Fans

Placing a box fan in the proper position in your home can be a great relief from the heat. If you place a box fan in a window and face it outward, it will help you pull the heat out of the room and push it outside.

If you’re desperate for colder air, place a bowl of ice in front of the box fan at an angle. Doing this can give you the feeling of an air conditioner in a small space and relieve some of the heat.

4. Open Your Windows at Night

Having your windows open in the evenings will bring in a cooler breeze and help circulate the air in your house. Doing this can also help you wake up in a more relaxed and refreshing environment.

5. Limit Appliance Usage

If your residence is especially heated during the day or at dinner time, it’s crucial to limit the use of appliances. Using a grill outside is a better option than an oven in your house. If you have to use your oven, try to cook later in the evenings or the mornings, and then just heat food when it’s too hot to use the oven for a long time.

6. Switch Off the Light Bulbs

Some light bulbs let off a lot of heat. Switching out light bulbs to more energy-efficient options could also reduce the heat that they emit. LED light bulbs and CFL (compact fluorescent lamps) are energy efficient and don’t emit the same heat as a standard light bulb.

7. Get a Dehumidifier

If the inside of your house gets humid when it’s hot outside, you may want to buy a dehumidifier to be more comfortable. A dehumidifier can help you feel dryer, which doesn’t mean that you’re cooler, but it can alleviate the dampness in your home.

8. Use Exhaust Fans

There are usually exhaust fans in a property that can help keep it cooler if there isn’t air conditioning. Consider turning these on during the day, as they can help draw the heat out of your house.

9. Sleep in the Basement

If your home is still hot in the evenings, try different sleeping arrangements until it’s cooler. If you have a basement with a bedroom or living area, try sleeping in that space until the evenings become cooler. Cotton sheets are also great for staying cool at night.

If there isn’t an air conditioner in your home, we’re available for AC installation estimates throughout New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. At Hutchinson, we not only offer AC services, but we also provide heating and air quality services. Our friendly staff is always courteous and ready to help. Contact us today for all of your air conditioning needs.