Cooling Rooms Down This Summer – What's Up Clarksville

Cooling Rooms Down This Summer

Whether you have an AC and prefer not to use it, or don’t have an AC at all, Follow these tips on how to cool your home without using an AC. Do you have additional ideas or tips? Let me know!

  • Close the drapes – Sunlight turns into heat. You can keep your home cooler just by closing the drapes. To make even more of an impact line the drapes with a light colored fabric, that will help to reflect the sun.
  • Awnings – If you install awnings on the south and west facing windows, it will reduce heat by up to 77%. You can even make your own awning by tacking a sheet outside your windows and draping the ends over something.
  • Shutters – Whether you use interior or exterior shutters it will reduce heat gain and loss. They will also help protect the windows against bad weather.
  • Window film – Mirror film is more effective than transparent films. Install window films on east and west facing windows. This will help to keep you cool in the summer.
  • Open windows – Remember to open windows when the outside temperature is lower than the inside. The cooler air will come in and help lower the inside temperatures. Try opening windows on opposite sides of the house. This helps with cross ventilation.
  • Fans (portable) – Place the fans in open windows at night. This will help to move the cooler air. In the daytime place the fans where you feel their cooling breezes the most. On especially hot days, places bowls of ice/ice water in front of the fans. This will help the fans to push out cool air.
  • Fans (ceiling) – Ceiling fans can spin in different directions. Make sure your fan is pushing the air down. When you are not in the room turn the fan off because the motors will make heat as well.
  • Fans (whole house fans) – A whole house fan pushes hot air out through roof vents. Your windows have to be open while running this fan.
  • Appliances – Turn off appliances that you are not using. Especially your television and your computer. DO NOT use heat appliances during the hottest part of the day. For example, stoves, washers, dryers, etc.
  • Trees and vines – Trees and vines can help shade your houses exterior. Plant them by west facing walls where the sun is the strongest.