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Stay Cool This Summer With Natural Cooling Methods

6/18/2010 8:40:35 AM

Tags: natural cooling, staying cooling, cooling your home, stay cool this summer, summer cooling,

Staying cool in the summer can be an enormously challenging task. And it comes with fairly hefty price tag. 

Interestingly, I find that most people end up paying a lot more to cool their homes because they rely principally on their air conditioners to do the job. Fortunately, there are other ways to stay cool that don't cost as much. One way to cut down on cooling costs -- and to reduce your carbon footprint -- is to employ natural cooling methods.

Cool nighttime air can often be used to cool a home. This works really well in hot, desert climates, but also humid climates early and late in the cooling season. So, before you turn your thermostat down to cool your home, be sure to check outside temperature. If it’s below 75oF – and it often is early and late in the cooling season in many locations – open windows and let the cool nighttime air cool your home.

To accelerate the cooling, a whole house fan can be switched on. Or, you can place a couple box fans in windows to draw cool air into your home. Fans use a lot less energy than air conditioners.

Opening windows in upper stories also helps draw hot air out of a home, accelerating the influx of cool air from lower windows.

Next morning, shut the windows to prevent daytime heat gain. You may want to draw curtains to reduce heat gain during the day, especially if you are gone during daylight hours at work or at school.

Repeat this procedure the following evening until the evening temperatures are too warm to cool your home. At this point, you will very likely have to switch over to your air conditioner ... although there are many other things you can do to reduce air conditioner use that I'll discuss in subsequent blogs.



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Nature's Cooling
6/14/2011 12:46:46 PM
There is a new product that could solve Christina's problem. Eco Breeze has a thermostat that can be set to stop the fan and seal off the outside to prevent over cooling. It also starts automatically based on the outdoor temperature and humidity so will turn on as the outdoor temperature drops and turn off in the morning as the temperature rises. This is great on days when the temperature is still above 76 at midnight but drops down to 70 at 4 in the morning. It fits in a window so installation is a snap.

Mark C
4/2/2011 1:25:33 AM
Aside from using fans and opening windows as a natural cooling method there are also other ways to do it. While most window films are for reducing solar heat gain in the summer, low-e films both block summer heat and improve winter heat retention. For each degree you raise or lower your thermostat, you can save anywhere from 1 to 5 percent on your cooling or heating bills depending on where you live. Learn more about window tints at www.TintBuyer.com. They provide relevant information about window tints such as its types, quotations and will help you locate the best professional tinter near your area.

Mark C
4/2/2011 1:25:09 AM
Aside from using fans and opening windows as a natural cooling method there are also other ways to do it. While most window films are for reducing solar heat gain in the summer, low-e films both block summer heat and improve winter heat retention. For each degree you raise or lower your thermostat, you can save anywhere from 1 to 5 percent on your cooling or heating bills depending on where you live. Learn more about window tints at www.TintBuyer.com. They provide relevant information about window tints such as its types, quotations and will help you locate the best professional tinter near your area.

Mark C
4/2/2011 1:23:48 AM
Aside from using fans and opening windows as a natural cooling method there are also other ways to do it. While most window films are for reducing solar heat gain in the summer, low-e films both block summer heat and improve winter heat retention. For each degree you raise or lower your thermostat, you can save anywhere from 1 to 5 percent on your cooling or heating bills depending on where you live. Learn more about window tints at www.TintBuyer.com. They provide relevant information about window tints such as its types, quotations and will help you locate the best professional tinter near your area.

Dan Chiras
6/23/2010 1:48:12 PM
It's nice to see that others practice nighttime cooling. It really works. If you pay a little attention to the evening temperature, you can cool your home naturally and inexpensively. Last night was a perfect example. At around 9 PM, I noticed there was a cool breeze coming from the south. I opened the windows of my house to purge heat that had accumulated during the day. By morning, the interior of my house had cooled down to 75. After waking today, I closed all the windows. Although the temperature has slowly creeped up, it's only 80 degrees inside my house. (It's 97 outside) I haven't turned the air conditioner on yet and it's almost 2 PM. Why? I've got a ceiling fan over my desk, which makes it feel a lot cooler. Ceiling fans lower the effective temperature -- how cold it feels to a person -- by around 4 degrees F. If this keeps up, I won't have to turn the air conditioner on at all today or tonight. If we get a cool breeze this evening, I'll cool the house naturally once again, perhaps avoiding the use of my air conditioner tomorrow as well, and saving a ton on energy use.

Kim_46
6/21/2010 9:01:04 AM
We'll have another 95 degree day today, but right now at 8:21 am, my windows are open and it's cool and comfortable in my house. We usually open the windows at bedtime, but sometimes earlier. Typically we don't need the a/c until noon or so. Our upstairs windows all point outwards, and blow the warmer air out of the windows. I open two windows downstairs, and a cool breeze rushes in because of the current caused by the upstairs fans. It works incredibly well and only uses the energy needed to run the fans. It amazes me how dependent we've become on air conditioning in just a generation or two.

t brandt
6/20/2010 8:52:44 AM
Why do so many people set the thermostat at 75 in the winter and 65 in the summer? When posible, use shade trees, vines and even consider roof plantings to keep direct sun off the house. In ancient Rome, water was plentiful and they cooled buildings by letting trickles of water run down the roofs & walls.

Christina_21
6/18/2010 6:54:34 PM
Yes, this method really works well in Colorado and we sleep wonderfully well. If we don't set the timer to stop before 4am, with a whole house fan we wake up shivering cold, even in August. We also keep blinds shut against the sun and a sun shade outside to keep from heating up the porch. We suffered for many years in same house before installing the whole house fan. Air conditioning just causes us severe allergy/sinus problems. I'm very glad to have another choice. Thanks for the article because most people we talk to have not heard of this choice.







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