5 ways to cool down this summer without A/C

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5 ways to cool down this summer without A/C

The dog days of summer are officially here. And with record highs across the country, this summer is proving to be one of the hottest on record.

So, with cool thoughts in mind, here are a few tips for keeping you and your family cool during these sweltering days, even if you don’t have air conditioning.


  1. Keep the sun out. Close blinds around the apartment during the day to prevent the hot summer sun from creating a greenhouse effect in your apartment.
  1. Night is nice. Summer nights can be a little more bearable, so be sure to open two or more windows during the night to create an air flow and invite in the cool(er) nighttime breezes.
  1. Cool meals. Using the oven or stove only adds to the heat and humidity in your apartment. Try making cold dishes on very hot days or stick to using the microwave only.
  1. Lighten up. Drape dark color furniture with light colored sheets to avoid unnecessary heat absorption.
  1. Become a fan of fans. Standard ceiling or box fans are the best way to cool off a stuffy apartment. Open a window to let the hot air out and use fans to create an artificial air current that can cool your apartment by as much as 15 degrees instantly.


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