There might be many reasons why their is no AC in your room. Perhaps, probably the device stopped working or is malfunctioning. But right now, you need to cool your room down because of the unbearable heat. Without an Air Conditioner (AC), you’re left with tried and tested means to cool your room down and also yourself.
I was thinking, how did people once live without an air conditioner? But also, how did they keep their homes cool without this device. So that made me to write this article.
Without wasting any further time, let us get straight to the points.
16 Ways On How to Cool Your Room Without AC (Air Conditioning)
Here are a few tips to help you beat the unbearable heat that you are feeling and also keep your home cooler when the air conditioning is not working perfectly enough or has gone out completely:
1. Switch Off the TV (Television), Games Console, and PC.
The first thing you should do is switch off anything that generates heat.
Your TV generates heat as well as your PC. Even your laptop is likely to generate more heat that you want on a hot day. As for your games console… yeah, turn that off too.
The reason why you need to switch them off is because the fans in those devices will already be working overtime, pushing hot air from inside the devices out, into your room. These devices also need cooling as much as you do, well in some cases, more than you can think of. Switching them off will prevent system faults caused by overheating.
You’ll probably notice a difference within 10 minutes of shutting down your laptop or PC. Switching off a TV might take a bit longer to make an impact. Games consoles run with quite a bit of heat output, meanwhile, so the impact of switching off your Xbox or PlayStation could be almost immediate.
That doesn’t mean you should stop reading, because there are still more tips on how to cool your room down in case there is no air conditioner installed.
2. You Should Know When to Open and Close the Windows In Your Room
Obviously, you know how to open and close a window. But do you know when to open and close the window to make a room cooler?
In hot weather, the rule is simple. When it’s cool early in the day (usually around sunrise), open the doors and windows to let your house cool down. Later in the day when things get hotter, close curtains and shut outer doors to trap the cooler air inside.
If you have a standing or ceiling fan, switch this on to aid the airflow. This should be a larger static or oscillating fan, however, rather than a battery powered handheld fan.
3. Use Cotton Bedding
Hot nights are unbearable. How can you keep your bedroom cool when the lights go out, everything is switched off, but you’re still sweating?
You already know when to open windows. You should already use a mosquito net for your windows and bed to avoid insect bites on hot nights. Mosquito nets allow airflow, preventing you from getting too hot, as does cotton bedding.
Thin cotton sheets are perfect for hot weather. They keep you covered, provide enough warmth to counter a cool breeze, and let you regulate your temperature.
When the heatwave strikes, put lightweight cotton sheets on your bed.
4. Make Use Of Energy Efficient Bulbs
Regular light bulbs are not energy efficient (especially the yellow bulbs), but they produce another problem as well. They radiate a lot of excess heat when they are producing energy.
Which obviously causes a problem if you have no air conditioner because it is just compounding the problem of heat.
Old style light-bulbs would keep many rooms warm. The incandescent quality meant that heat was radiated as well as light. In hot weather, this is counterproductive.
Fortunately, these bulbs are mostly no longer used except in some areas. While incandescent bulbs appear to be making a comeback, energy efficient bulbs that radiate far less heat are a smarter option. And if you have app controlled smart bulbs then you can easily switch then on or off using a phone.
So switch to energy efficient bulbs. They don’t produce as much heat.
5. Switch on Extractor or Exhaust Fans in Kitchen and Bathroom
We’ve explained earlier that certain appliances should be switched off. However, there are things you can switch on to help cool your home which are the exhaust or extractor fans.
Most people have exhaust fans in both their bathrooms and their kitchen and some people, is just in one of them.
This exhaust or extractor fan is used for air circulation purposes. Switching these on can help considerably.
Basically, the way they can pull steam out of your home when cooking, they can pull heat out of your home too.
Better still, if there is a line of sight between the two rooms, using one for air in and the other to pull the air out, can improve airflow. This will contribute to improved airflow.
A standing fan can also help here. Oscillating fans are particularly useful for controlling airflow.
6. Cook Your Meals Strategically
It’s tempting to stand in front of an open fridge door in hot weather, because of the cooling effects. But what happens when you are hungry?
The best option is to simply eat cool food. Salads, cold meats or equivalents, yoghurts or anything to keep you cool. Cooking is certainly not a good idea when the weather is hot.
If you must cook, cook when the weather is cool, perhaps early morning and late evening, and minimize what is cooked or the hours of cooking should not be of long duration. So, if you’re making pasta with a sauce, microwave the sauce to cook it through. Similarly, boil a kettle for water rather than having a stove radiating heat to get the water to temperature. Then add the water to the pan with the pasta and cook as normal.
Cooking can impact the air quality in your home.
7. Ice and a Fan
This is an old school trick that people once used years ago when most people did not have an air conditioner.
They would put ice in a large bowl, then they’d place that bowl in a location where the fan would blow across it. This creates a cool, misty breeze that will make you feel great on hot days.
8. Use Ceiling Fans Instead of Standing Fans
Ceiling fans are a tremendous help in keeping your home cool enough.
Ceiling fans are better than standing fans because they keep the air moving constantly than the standing fans and in turn they obviously cool your house down.
But be sure that the fans are rotating counter-clockwise during warm weather. This helps your house cool better.
9. Add Some Permanent Shade
If your home has no protection from the sun, then it will continue to beat directly down on top of it. This is a problem because it means your house will be extremely hot.
But you can fix this by adding awnings (a roof-like cover extending over or in front of a place (as over the deck or in front of a door or window) as a shelter) to your windows, covered porches which will help provide some shade, and even adding shade trees. The less the sun can directly hit your windows, the better off you will be, and the cooler you’ll stay.
10. Freeze Your Sheets and Pajamas
I read an article once that told all about how people once stayed cool before air conditioning. They did a lot of interesting things, like actually building their homes in a way that helped them stay cool.
But they also did basic things that we can do today regardless of how our homes are built. They would freeze their sheets and pajamas. It may sound crazy, but they knew the cooler their body temperatures stayed, the more comfortable they would be.
11. Sleep with a Wet Sheet
This may sound odd or should I say ridiculous, but you can make a sheet or towel damp with cold water. You’ll then place it over you to keep you cool at night when you sleep.
But be sure to put a towel under you so it doesn’t cause your mattress to be damaged in the process. Remember, the cooler you stay, most likely the better sleep you’ll get.
12. Use Your Pulse Areas
If you can apply something cool to your pulse areas or pulse points your body temperature will drop much faster. Your pulse points are the areas where you can locate your pulse, they are located on your wrists, neck, elbows, ankles, behind the knees, feet, and groin area.
So place an ice pack or damp cloth on any of those areas to help lower your body temperature and keep yourself cooler.
13. Sleep Solo or Alone
This may not work for everyone, but if you can stand to be apart from your loved one, then this will definitely help you to keep cooler.
Basically, body heat creates more warmth, which creates for a higher temperature. If you can sleep sprawled out and by yourself, then you’ll stay cooler.
14. Stay Hydrated
If you notice, a lot of these tips are to help you while you are sleeping because that is a really difficult time to stay cool and our bodies sweat so much trying to keep our body temperatures lower.
So it is important to drink plenty of cold water before bed so you don’t become dehydrated by all of the sweating.
15. Suspend Your Bed
If you are able to sleep in a bed that is above the ground, then you can have air flow all the way around you.
So if you have a cot or a hammock that you can sleep comfortably in or on, then this might be a good option while your air conditioning is out.
16. Sleep on a Mat
If you don’t have a way to sleep suspended to create air flow, then try subbing out your mattress for a bamboo mat.
Now, I know a bamboo mat is less comfortable than your mattress. But you also have to remember that it won’t hold heat like a thick cotton mattress will
How to Cool Yourself Down Without AC
Sometimes when you can’t get the room temperature down, you can still get your body temperature down.
Finding ways to keep yourself cool is also a great solution when you need to cool yourself down without an AC unit.
Why? Well, perhaps you may be the reason the room is hot. After all, your body temperature is around 36 degrees Celsius. A lot of heat is lost from your head, arms, and hands to maintain that level.
So, what can you do about it?
Start by taking a cold shower. Not only will this cool you down, it will make you feel better. Dress in light cotton or linen clothing to improve airflow around your person.
Drinking cold beverages from the fridge can also help. Plunging your feet into a bucket or tray of iced water is also a good idea. Apply a cool cloth to your neck or wrist area.
Meanwhile, moving generates heat. We’re told to stay active when it’s cold in order to warm up. So, find a cool spot to enjoy your cold drink. And stay entertained by reading a book.
Well, you now have over 16 different options to keep yourself and your home cool during the summer when you have no air conditioning.
As mentioned, some of these ideas can even be used to help you lower your cooling bill this summer. If you can keep your home naturally cool, then your air conditioner won’t have to work as much.
So how can I keep my room cool without AC?
- Stay hydrated
- Make Use Of Energy Efficient Bulbs
- Cook Your Meals Strategically
- Use Ceiling Fans if you have
- Switch Off the TV (Television), Games Console, and PC.
- Use Cotton Bedding
- You Should Know When to Open and Close the Windows In Your Room
- Switch on Extractor or Exhaust Fans in Kitchen and Bathroom
- Switch on Extractor or Exhaust Fans in Kitchen and Bathroom
- Freeze Your Sheets and Pajamas
- Have a shower
- Take cold beverages
- Sleep on a mat
But I’d like to know how you keep your home and family cool during the summer. Please share your tips with us because I’m sure there are a lot of people that will utilize them in the future.
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