How to Beat the PNW’s Record Heat Wave with No AC

Air Conditioning_NOT.pngWith a record heat wave hitting the PNW in early summer, many of us are flocking to the nearest store to buy an AC. With air conditioning units being in such high demand,, chances are you may not be able to get one before the next heat wave. Don’t worry though! There are plenty of other options to keep you cool this summer, this guide will break down a few of them for you.

Use Fans Properly

Now it’s pretty common sense to fans when it’s hot out, but are you using them correctly? Instead of using a fan to blow air directly on you, try setting up one fan in a window blowing air into your house and another fan in a window on the other side of the room and/or house blowing air out of the window. This will create a breeze throughout the whole space, cooling the area over time instead of just pushing hot air around.

Don’t Cook Inside

If you can’t find an AC in stock, consider getting an outdoor grill instead! Reducing the amount of times your oven and stovetop are used inside can significantly reduce temperatures inside your home.

Cover Up the Windows

Though natural sunlight can really brighten up the mood in a home, it can also drastically increase the temperature too. Lower the blinds and close the curtains in the morning to prevent extra heat from entering your home.

Install an Attic Fan

Attic fans are installed your roof and draw air up (and also heat!) and out of the attic. When heat builds up in your attic, it will eventually start seeping into the rest of your home. By releasing this heat, you’re preventing it from entering your home altogether!

Ensure Insulation is properly installed

Insulation doesn’t just keep heat in during the winter, but also keeps heat out in the summer. If your attic isn’t property insulated, chances are more heat is entering the space than necessary. One inspection could save you from the heat this summer.

The Basement is Your Friend

Your basement is the most natural geothermal cooling system of all! On average, basements are around 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the home.

Landscaping is Your Friend

Strategically placing trees that’ll grow into large canopies is an excellent way to shade your home from the sun. After all, if the sun can’t reach your home, most of the heat can’t either!

Conclusion

We hope our guide outlining the various ways you can cool your home without AC helps you to escape the heat this summer. Check out the rest of our blog to find more helpful tips for homeowners!

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