How to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

    Temperatures are rising.  Odds are so are your utility bills, courtesy of that big power hog: your air conditioning system.

    If you want to cut down your cooling costs, here are three tricks you can try instead:

    #1 Fans and ice. For those looking for a fun DIY project, you can easily make your own DIY air conditioning with nothing more than a box fan and some ice. Simply put the ice into a bowl and place it in front of the running fan.

    As the ice melts, it cools the air around it. The fan will then disperse that wonderfully cool air all around your home.

    But fans can do even more than that.

    Another cooling trick is to run your ceiling fans counterclockwise—this will pull up the hot air, leaving you sitting in a cooler space. And installing a whole-house fan can literally pull out all the hot air from your home and syphon it up and out, at minimal cost.

    #2 Green cooling. Plants do a wonderful job absorbing sunshine and reducing the summer heat.

    If you’re planning to stay in your home for a while, it might make sense to plant a few deciduous trees on the south side of your home. Another option would be to put some climbing vines or foliage on a trellis, which would keep the front of your home cool, increase your comfort, and reduce your energy bills year-round.

    #3 A summertime schedule. For this natural trick, simply open up the windows in the early morning and shut them before you go to work

    This will allow you to suck in some cool air, and to keep out the hot air later in the day.

    For even better results, draw the shades during the day, and consider getting heat-blocking blackout curtains.

    These kinds of simple heat-busting tricks can be effective at reducing the heat during the summer months. And they can have a nice impact on your energy bill, lowering it by 30 to 50. percent

    Plus, small investments like planting a tree or installing a whole-house fan can also boost the value of your home.

    Of course, if you are looking to buy or sell a home, give Redux Realty a call. We would love to find a place for you that will keep you comfortable year-round.  Contact us at (703) 350-2782, and see what we can do for you.

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