Natural Ways To Stay Cooler At Home

african american business woman standing in front of a big window(BlackDoctor.org) — It’s surprisingly easy to keep your house cooler without air conditioning. Employing a few basic environmentally-friendly tips will help keep you cool and save some money — and maybe even the planet.

1. Hot Air Out, Cool Air In

The most basic thing you can do to keep your house cooler without air conditioning is to keep as much sunlight out as possible and let cooler air in at night. During the day, keep windows, drapes, blinds, or shades closed, especially on the southern and western sides of your home. If you have a porch, you can put up large plastic or bamboo shades to cut down on sunlight.

2. Windows

Use white or light colored window dressings to reflect light. You can also apply reflective slicks to windows to further cut down on light. At night, leave cabinets open as well, as they will store heat.