Be Cool: How to Survive without A/C
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.
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 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.