How to Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning

When the summer comes, many households find the need to use air conditioning to cool their homes, which can lead to high utility bills. There are many methods you can use to help you save money during the summer months, from using fans to ventilating your home. The more approaches you take, the more you home will cool down, helping you save money and electricity.

Cool your home without using air conditioning.
  1. Install ceiling fans and portable fans throughout the house. According to energyconservationinfo.org, moving air can help you home feel 10 degrees lower than outside temperature. Use variable speed fans to help you find the right speed to move the air. Turn the "Fan Only" setting on your heating system's thermostat on or, if using air conditioning, turn the thermostat temperature higher. Use box fans for windows and rotary fans for the rest of your home.

  2. Keep yourself cool and set the thermostat at a higher temperature. Dress appropriately for the weather, wearing clothing appropriate for the outside weather, using loose clothing and natural fabrics. Avoid using shoes. Sleep in cotton sheets. Stay hydrated by drinking water, avoiding soda and alcohol. Take a cool shower, wet your head, feet and arms with cool water and spritz yourself with a spray bottle filled with cold water.

  3. Minimize heat buildup and humidity in your home. Avoid using the dishwasher, washing and drying machine, showering with warm water, washing dishes and cooking. Unplug all electronic devices, as they produce heat when connected. Smoke outside. Barbecue or cook outside. Turn off all unnecessary lights in your home.

  4. Ventilate your home when it's cool and close all windows when it's warm. Use an outside thermostat to monitor the temperature. When the temperature is lower, open all the windows and doors. Move drapes and other items that could restrict air flow. Open all windows and doors also at night, and use fans to help move the air. Maintain all doors and windows closed when the temperature is higher outside than inside.

  5. Use shade to cool your home. Pull drapes or shades on all windows, curtains also help keep the heat outside your home. Use light colors for curtains, as they absorb less heat. Use vegetation to give your home shade. Plant trees with large canopies to give you shade in the future. Plant vines on your home's outside walls, which grow in a few weeks.


  • Keep yourself hydrated if your home is still warm.

About the Author

Lucia Mata has been writing since 2008, covering parenting and design topics. Her work has appeared in both English and Spanish publications. Mata has an Associate of Arts in interior design from Salt Lake Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Utah Valley University.