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8 Hacks To Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning In The Summer

With barely a few weeks left before we officially step into the summer of 2022, one can already feel the heat coming on. The bright mornings that make you excited to get up and the evenings that stay lit until well into the night—summer indeed has the best kind of days. But it’s also the time of the year when temperatures rise drastically and with each passing year, due to the climate change, summer tends to be more exhausting and excruciating. It not only takes a toll on our well-being but also on our pockets. The rising electricity bills can sometimes make it hard to afford an air conditioner. 

The scorching temperatures and humidity can make you feel uncomfortable, but you can’t possibly spend all your hard-earned money on an air conditioner and its bills. So, what are the best ways to beat the summer heat? Well, here are some tips and tricks that act as AC alternatives and help you reduce the use of the device. 

1. Set up your fans the right way

First things first, if you haven’t already invested in a good ceiling fan, do it right away as they are one of the best alternatives to air conditioning. Make sure the fan blades are rotating anti-clockwise as you look up at them. This will push the air straight down. 
Ceiling fans can merely keep the air moving—and this is where box fans come in handy. The positioning of your box fans is a crucial factor. Place them near the windows, hallways, or anywhere that allows access to the air outside. It will draw the cooler air from outside to the warm areas. This technique is one of the best alternatives to central air conditioning. 

2. DIY air conditioner

It’s time to be a little innovative! Take a metal bowl and fill it with ice cubes. Place it near your box fans and turn them on. The chilly, misty breeze will make it feel like you have an AC running. Choose ice cubes over cold water because even after melting, the water will continue giving out the cool breeze. 

3. Use your windows wisely 

Open your window at night as the air outside tends to be cooler then. But keep your windows closed during the afternoon. As windows can let in 25% of the summer heat, make sure to block the heat using shades or blinds. If possible, insulate your windows with window films as they provide up to 98% infrared heat reduction compared to unprotected windows. 

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