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5 More Ways to Make Your Home Cooler without an AC

Here are clever ways to beat the heat in your home this summer

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Summer has finally settled in and with it comes the unavoidable and unbearable heat. And while most of us have the luxury of air-conditioning in our homes, we can't just leave it on all day.

Whether you’re saving up on your electricity bill or simply don’t have access to an AC, here are a few ways you can keep it cool inside your homes and beat the summer heat.

Main photos from Design of Furniture and Blood & Champagne.

Close your drapes in the afternoon

The sun's rays are harshest during the afternoon so you may want to keep your window shades closed during this period. The harmful rays contribute to the summer heat so keeping them out will help keep your home cool throughout the day.

While light-colored drapes make the home feel a bit breezy, dark-colored ones can keep the rays out. You can even place reflectors on your windows so the rays will bounce back.

Photo from Design of Furniture.

Limit the use of heat-generating appliances

If possible, avoid using heat-generating appliances during the hottest hours of the day. Ovens, dryers, and washers can contribute to higher temperatures in your home.

If you can, take cooking outdoors by using a grill; make use of the outdoor heat to dry clothes; and hand wash clothes and dishes. If you must use these appliances, use them when the day is cooler so your home temperature doesn’t rise to an unbearable level.

Photo from Livs Lyst.

Lower the humidity at home

It is known that the higher the humidity, the faster water is drawn out of our bodies. This makes dry days feel that much warmer. So if you want to keep your home cool during the summer, find ways to lower the humidity in your space.

Washing the dishes, taking showers, and doing laundry all release moisture into the air. Doing these activities will help lower humidity and keep your space cooler.

Photo from Homedit.

Replace your lights

If your home still makes use of incandescent light bulbs, it’s highly suggested that you swap them with fluorescent bulbs or better yet LED bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs generate a lot of heat so getting rid of them will greatly contribute to lowering your home temperature.

Photo from Etsy.

Draw the cool air in

Once the sun has set, the breeze immediately becomes cooler. Take advantage of this by placing your fans near your windows to draw the cool air in. Not only will you get a good night’s sleep but you also lower the temperature inside your home enough to last until the following day.

Make sure, of course, to move them once the sun rises. You also want to avoid bringing the warm air back in.

Photo from Blood & Champagne.

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