Summer is upon us and many of us have begun to feel the sweltering heat of the sun. Some parts of the country are experiencing severe droughts and others are bogged down in humidity. No matter what the situation, we all have the same desire to cool off and the answer isn't always as simple as turning on the air conditioner. Air conditioners can be somewhat pricey, noisy, and difficult to store so it makes sense to look for other solutions. Here are some economical and environmentally friendly ways on how to stay cool without an AC.
1. Fan Placement
We can't stress this enough; fan placement is key. Plopping a fan down in front of your face might feel nice for a moment but it doesn't really do anything to cool your home or your body off. When possible, you should always place your face in front of a doorway or window.
With the back of the fan facing the outside, you can be assured that the fan will be blowing fresh, cool air into your home instead of just circulating the hot stale air that's already in it. You can also create a series of fans. Think of the air as water flowing through your home and you can channel it to those rooms that might not have a window or good airflow.
2. Ancient Air Conditioning
Many ancient civilizations like the Romans and Moors had mini waterways which flowed through the rooms of a palace to lower the room temperature. Before you start digging little waterways in your bedroom, you might want to consider a much easier technique that follows the same principle.
If you’re wondering how to stay cool in the heat, try freezing a bucket, bowl, or pot full of water and placing it in front of a fan. As the ice melts and evaporates, the cool air will blow wherever you direct the fan. This can be great to set up before you go to bed. You can even set up a miniature version with a bowl and a small desk fan on your nightstand. Pro tip: add some salt to the water before you freeze it to make the ice even colder.
3. Turn on Vent Fans
Most homes and apartments are equipped with a hood fan above their stove and a fan in the bathroom. There's no harm in putting these low-energy fans on to suck out the hot air that's lingering in your home. These are especially useful in apartment bathrooms where there are often no windows and the fan can help to create airflow.