Natural Cooling Strategies

Who needs air conditioning? These design strategies can help you keep your home cool without it.



House With Porch
Two elements of natural cooling are shady porches and deep window overhangs that block the sun in summer.
PHOTO: BARBARA BOURNE
Porch With Vines
Deciduous vines and trees provide shade in summer and let in the sun’s heat during winter.
SUPERSTOCK
Open Window
Older homes often include lots of large windows designed to let in cooling breezes during summer.
ISTOCKPHOTO
Natural Cooling Diagram
This modern house design incorporates many elements that would help the house stay cool naturally.
KIPNIS ARCHITECTURE + PLANNING
Roof Overhang
This home design incorporates many elements of passive solar design. Notice the window overhangs that block the sun, the patio doors that open wide to let in the breeze, and the abundant vegetation outside.
CATHERINE WANEK











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