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July 24, 2012

Be Cool: How to Survive without A/C

tips for staying coolIt doesn't take a meteorologist to know that it's hot out there! This week, we'll share tips to help you beat those triple digit temperatures without warming up the planet any further.

Tip #2: Open Your Windows

Save some money by turning off the A/C and get a cross breeze going instead. Open up at least two windows (or even a door) on opposite sides of the house, which will increase the airflow.

To maximize the cooling power of your cross breeze, pull down your window shades on any windows that receive direct sunlight. Light-colored shades will reflect light, keeping your home cooler.

If the temperatures really start to skyrocket, you can create your own A/C with a mop and a ceiling fan. Use the mop to get the floor wet. Tile and linoleum work best; we don't recommend trying this on hardwood floors or carpet. Turn on the fan, and let the evaporative cooling work its magic. Make sure your fan is turning counter-clockwise, so that you are pushing warm air up toward the ceiling. Alternately, you can place a metal bowl of ice or water in front of a floor fan, or simply get your shirt wet.

For a more long-term solution, install a fan on the upper floor of your home to draw heat upward and out of your house. Consider putting tinted UV film or reflective film on your windows to prevent heat from entering your home. If you are building your home, try to incorporate features that maximize natural ventilation, and work with the local climate.

Read More: How to get the most out of your A/C when it's on.

--By Laura Hayden/ image courtesy of istock/elisemkll

Laura HaydenLaura Hayden
 is an editorial intern at SIERRA Magazine. She is a rising senior at Mount Holyoke College, where she is pursuing a major in Environmental Studies, and a minor in Journalism. She has a passion for all things pertaining to growing (and eating) food, and renewable energy.


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