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4 Ways to Keep the Home Cool without Air Conditioning

Save electricity with the help of these tips

Original Article: Joy Jabile-Ejercito Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Aside from depending on trusty fans and AC units, you can make the most of a naturally breezy home through passive cooling! “It’s not as simple as just putting a window. You have to situate it in such a way that you’re directing the flow, so that it becomes beneficial to the occupants,” shares architect Liza Morales-Crespo. Let these simple steps guide you.

Read the original article September 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.  

Opt for a high ceiling

By nature, warm air rises so it’s cooler near the floor and hotter towards the ceiling. Therefore it’s advisable to have a high ceiling, preferably eight feet high or more, so that warm air can rise above your head. You may also consider adding a ceiling fan that you can use for days when the heat becomes unbearable.

Install clerestory windows

Clerestory windows or the narrow openings of your windows will also let hot air escape, while letting breezes and natural light in.

Use cool surface materials

Hard flooring and wall materials like laminated wood, cement, stones and ceramic tiles are cold to the touch and conduct heat away from you. In contrast, soft surfaces like paper, fabric panels and rugs absorb heat and emit it towards you.

Try evaporative cooling

An indoor pond or fountain not only makes your home pretty, it can contribute to the passive cooling of your house as well. Water traps heat and when it evaporates it lowers the indoor air temperature.

RL Tip: Make sure that the water is frequently flowing to prevent mosquito infestation. 

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