Forget AC: Cool Your Home Naturally

Cool your home naturally. There are numerous ways to reduce home cooling costs, such as ceiling fans, natural ventilation, minimizing heat gain, weather sealing, insulating, window shading and glazing, roof lightening and landscaping.



The turbine ventilator on top of this cupola uses natural wind power to pull warm air up and out of the building.
The turbine ventilator on top of this cupola uses natural wind power to pull warm air up and out of the building.
Photo by Image 45
This cupola allows warm air to escape and draws cool air in through lower windows.
This cupola allows warm air to escape and draws cool air in through lower windows. 
Photo by Kelly Lerner
Landscaping, such as trees and shrubs, can help funnel precooled air into open windows.
Landscaping, such as trees and shrubs, can help funnel precooled air into open windows.
Diagram by Oliver Rollin
Wind catchers, such as this four-sided model, capture cooler air from above the roofline and scoop the breeze down into the home.
Wind catchers, such as this four-sided model, capture cooler air from above the roofline and scoop the breeze down into the home.
Diagram by Oliver Rollin
The chimney effect pulls warm air up and out of the home as it pulls cooler air inside. South-facing glass on the chimney increases the difference in air temperature from top to bottom and enhances ai
The chimney effect pulls warm air up and out of the home as it pulls cooler air inside. South-facing glass on the chimney increases the difference in air temperature from top to bottom and enhances airflow.
Diagram by Oliver Rollin
A house with low and high air outlets achieves the best air flow.
A house with low and high air outlets achieves the best air flow.
Diagram by Oliver Rollin

















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