How to Stay Cool Without AC

1. Take a dip in the pool

The pool: a Floridian’s favorite hangout. Now, more than ever, utilize the water while you can. Although no electricity may mean warmer-than-usual temperatures in the pool, the moisture will naturally help to cool your body down. 

Consider taking a drive to a public pool in another neighborhood, which won’t be as hot, and spending a day splashing around. 

Open the Windows

Even in the thick of summer, don’t be afraid to open the windows. Opening doors and windows might seem counterintuitive when the goal is to keep hot air from entering the house — and you should keep things closed down during the hottest hours of the day. But opening the windows at night lets cool breezes waft through your home.


Open Windows and Interior Doors at Night

Apart from closing the curtains during the day, you can open it at night. At night, the sun is gone and you can enjoy the cool night breeze, but not if the curtains are closed. So, you should always open the windows and interior doors in your home at night. By opening the windows, you can also create a cross breeze that will fill your room with cool air.

There’s a benefit to closing off the doors connecting your kitchen to the rest of the house during the day, since the hot air from cooking a meal will carry throughout your home. You should also open the door or window connecting the kitchen to the outside to get rid of the hot air. You can open the doors and windows at night to allow the cooler air to flow freely from room to room.

9. Get a battery-operated fan (before the storm)

Not all fans run on electricity. Some can be powered by rechargeable batteries, even larger “industrial” looking fans. While most larger units of 18 inches run about $150, smaller desk units are less expensive and may be a worthwhile investment for a few days of relief. Don’t wait until after the storm to pick one up as this must-have item will be impossible to find. 

2. Make your bed right

When it comes to sleeping comfortably without air conditioning, the right bedding can make all the difference. Synthetic sheets and blankets, like those made from polyester, only serve to trap heat and make you warmer. Heavier natural fibers, like flannel or wool, won’t do you much good this time of year either.

Instead, use breathable bedding made from materials like linen and cotton. If you opt for cotton, go for lighter sheets that feel cooler on your skin, like percale or sateen.

Also, take a look at your mattress protector. Liners made with synthetic materials, like plastic, are tops at trapping heat. Seek out a breathable cotton one that wicks away excess moisture instead but still keeps your bed clean.

Use breathable bedding made from materials like li
Use breathable bedding made from materials like linen and cotton to keep your bed cool.

Best Ways to Cool a House: Upstairs

4. Place Box Fans in Windows

Like the attic, your upstairs tends to trap rising heat and using window box fans is a great way to keep a house cool in the summer naturally. When cooling a room with fans in windows, face them outward to vent the hot air out, especially when it’s hotter outside.

5. Invest in the Right Ceiling Fans

“One of the best ways to keep cool without AC is to install ceiling fans,” according to cooling expert Dan Nelson, senior director at Big Ass Fans.

“Anywhere people tend to congregate, whether it’s the bedroom, living room or kitchen, those are the spaces where you’re going to get the most benefit from a ceiling fan,” says Nelson.

But where the fans are installed is only the half of it; picking the right sized fan for your room is also important for effective cooling:

“Smaller rooms, around 15 feet by 15 feet or less

“Smaller rooms, around 15 feet by 15 feet or less don’t need anything larger than a 52-inch ceiling fan. For 20 feet by 20 feet rooms, we recommend a 60-inch fan. For larger rooms, 30 feet by 30 feet and above, you’re going to want an 84-inch fan.”

Dan Nelson | Big Ass Fans

New ceiling fans may be costly upfront but they are much less expensive than installing and using AC in the long run. “Ceiling fans are incredibly energy efficient, and our ENERGY STAR® Certified Haiku fans really stand out,” says Nelson. “If you run a Haiku fan non-stop for a year straight, you can expect to pay between $5 and $10 in electricity.”

Put to the same test, the most inefficient ceiling fans would cost around $120 per year, but even this is much cheaper than air conditioning. The cost to run central air can be as high as $120 per month – and that’s if you only run it six hours a day.

DC-powered fans, like the Haiku by Big Ass Fans (p

DC-powered fans, like the Haiku by Big Ass Fans (pictured), are cost-efficient and quiet, making them ideal for bedrooms.

Tips for Buying Ceiling Fans to Cool a Room:

  • DC-powered fans use 70 percent less energy than AC-powered fans and are much quieter.
  • Fans with fewer blades are more efficient – choose a fan with three or four blades.
  • A fan with a steep blade pitch, around 15 degrees, will move air better than a fan with flat blades.

6. Optimize the Fans You Have

If new fans aren’t in the budget, you can take steps to improve the ones you have.

Here are a few maintenance tips for cooling a room with fans more efficiently:

Run Fans Counter-Clockwise: In the summer, run your fans counter-clockwise on their highest setting to push air straight down and create a wind chill effect. In the winter, set them back to clockwise on low to slowly force warm air down into the room.

Clean Them Regularly: Keeping your ceiling fan dust-free isn’t just hygienic – it can also help your fan work better. Dirt on fans can heat up the motor, which can make them run more slowly.

Polish the Blades: Polishing a fan’s blades can reduce drag, improving its ability to move air. To do this, remove the blades and wipe them down with a damp cloth. Then, dry and coat them with a light furniture or metal polish, depending on the material of your blades. Let completely dry before reinstalling.

Fix Any Wobbling: If your fan is wobbling, it’s working a lot harder than it has to and won’t cool your room down well. Tighten or replace loose screws in your fan, including within the light fixture.

Oil Your Fan: Five to six drops of light machine oil can get rid of annoying squeaking sounds and help the motor run more efficiently. But know that not all fans can be oiled – some motors are completely sealed up. Look up your manufacturer’s guide for instructions on oiling your ceiling fan.

To keep cool while you sleep, use a pedestal fan o

To keep cool while you sleep, use a pedestal fan or a BedJet (pictured) to push cool air into your bed.

7. Spot-Cool Your Bed

If you’re trying to figure out how to cool your bedroom with fans, focus your efforts on your bed. Use a pedestal fan to push cooler, middle-room air onto your bed while you sleep.

The climate-controlling BedJet fan uses the coolest air that sits on the floor of your room to help you stay cool under the covers on the hottest summer nights:

Sarah McClutchy | BedJet“The BedJet is designed to get rid of the main reason you’re feeling hot and stuffy in bed: body heat and moisture. It pulls air from the floor of your room which is typically a few degrees cooler than the temperature reading on your thermostat. It is really effective for keeping you cool in bed if your bedroom is 78 degrees and under.”

Sarah McClutchy | BedJet

8. Use Breathable Sheets

Breathable bedding is crucial to a cool night’s sleep. Silk or sateen sheets are light but tend to trap heat – stick to natural bedding materials like cotton or bamboo for lightweight, breezy coverage.

9. Have a Nighttime Cool-Down Routine

Having a cool-down routine is a great way to stay cool in the summer without AC. Not only does it keep your body temperature lower, but it can also help keep your home cool naturally.

Because physical activity creates body heat, start settling down about an hour before bed, and turn off electronics as well. Then, start cooling yourself down: drink plenty of ice water and drape a cold pack on the back of your neck.

“Taking a colder-than-normal shower before bed can help you cool down as well,” McClutchy adds.

10. Flush Out Hot Air in the Evenings

In addition to cooling yourself down, Dan Nelson also suggests cooling your home down by “flushing” out hot air each night:

Dan Nelson | Big Ass Fans“One thing we recommend is a ‘night flush’ – open the tops of windows at night and circulate the fresh, cooler night air inside with ceiling fans. Then in the morning, shut your windows and blinds to trap that cool air in, and then you can start the day off at a much lower temperature.”

Dan Nelson | Big Ass Fans

Ice Your Pulse Points

While it may be tempting to douse yourself with cold water, strategically applying ice packs to your wrists, ankles, back of your knees and inside your elbows can lower your body temperature for a while.

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3. Drink lots of water

Frequently drinking water is one of the best protective measures against heat-related illness. That’s because your body needs water to effectively deal with hot temperatures.  

When you get too warm, your body starts to sweat. The evaporation of your sweat cools the skin, which helps to cool down your whole body. 

The problem is that excessive sweating can lead to dehydration. And your body can become dehydrated before you notice signs, so it’s important you don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink. 

 In addition, if you are doing any exercise that makes you sweat, you need to drink even more water to replace the lost fluids and stay hydrated. 

Best Ways to Cool a House: In the Basement

18. Create a Cool Cave

Luckily, most basements stay fairly cool year-round. Use this to your advantage by creating a fun space to retreat to during the dog days of summer. You’ll feel more comfortable while using less cooling power, saving you money on your electric bills.

If your basement is a cluttered mess, start by organizing your storage and tossing what you don’t need – for a major decluttering, rent a dumpster for the weekend to handle your junk removal.

Then, make the space your own: add a few fans, a rug, some chairs and a projector to hook up to your laptop and you’ve got your very own, literally cool movie lair for the summer.

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Next category – clothes! Here’s 5 quick tips for what you wear in the heat.

50. Keep it damp. Having slightly dampness on your clothes will help to keep them feeling cool/cold. Run an old t-shirt under cold water and put it on for some cool relief.

51. Have misting sprayers on standby. If the above is working, have misting sprayers to keep things ‘topped up’ in terms of dampness. These are also handy for a quick face/neck spray. Tip: almost-freeze the mister water for best results!

52. Get a sockful of ice. Wrap a few socks into each other and place a bunch of ice in the middle. Place against your neck or forehead and feel the cold.

53. Don’t sleep with warm pajamas. If you’re not comfortable sleeping with less, make sure your pajamas are suited for hot summer nights. Cotton, linen, or silk pajamas are great at not taking on too much heat.

54. Wear cool clothes. I’m not talking about your fashion style (though I hear from your friends you’re a badass when it comes to looking great!). Instead, try to make sure you’re wearing clothes with material suited to hot temperatures.

Why Not Invest in A Smart Cooling Solution?

All these hacks are great ways on how to stay cool

All these hacks are great ways on how to stay cool without an AC. However, they’re also a bit of a hassle. They can help when your AC is out for repair, but we do have to admit that the only effective escape from the summer heat is an air conditioner.

And thanks to smart cooling solutions such as a smart AC controller and smart thermostats, you no longer need to worry about soaring electricity bills. If you’re more concerned about dust allergies, smart controllers also monitor the quality of air in your room as well as the state of your AC’s air filters. What makes these even better is that you can set cooling schedules and set up a geofence.

4. Invest in a Quality Mattress

Mattresses can be heat traps. Why? There are a few factors to consider but the most prominent is the quality of the foam. Lower quality foam can restrict airflow, meaning your natural body heat gets trapped at the surface where you sleep.

Sleeping hot can lead to tossing and turning, disrupting your body’s sleep cycle.

The best mattresses will use various tools to help you sleep cool, such gel-infused or plant-based foams.

Luckily, most major brand names work to stop their mattresses from sleeping hot. Newer brands, which adopt the bed in a box model, offer sleep trials so you can try the bed, make sure it doesn’t add unwanted degrees to your nightly rest, and return it if it’s unsatisfactory.

Purchase Evapolar for Better Summers Ahead!

There are lots of ways to keep a room cool in summer without ac, from taking advantage of pressure points to opening and closing your windows and doors strategically. Even with this, some methods just don’t work as well as having an AC, especially when the summer heat strikes. It all depends on personal preferences and, of course, one’s budget.

Since you’d prefer living without an AC, we have the ideal solution that works for you. The best solution is to cool down your own self and stay hydrated. Evapolar is a great fit for the job, as it evaporates cool air while humidifying the space. You can protect yourself, your money, and the environment at the same time with Evapolar.


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