If you don't have home air conditioning or your air conditioner is not working, you don't have to suffer in the heat. Here are three tips to help you keep your home and yourself cooler.
Use Interior Fans Efficiently
Fans inside your home can help keep the temperature cool and help you stay comfortable, despite hot outside temperatures. If you have ceiling fans, or portable fans, turning these on can move the air around and help you feel cooler. As the fan blows air around you, it allows more sweat to evaporate from your skin and your body to eliminate heat, which helps you feel cooler.
If you live in a climate that has cooler temperatures at night, you can use fans to pull the cool air into your home. It is helpful to have at least two box or window fans you can place in windows on opposite sides of your home. When the sun sets and temperatures outside cool down, place one fan in a window facing to the outside. Make sure you place this fan on the side of your home that is south or west-facing, which will be warmer from the setting sun. Then, on the opposite side of your home, place another fan in the window, facing into your home. This fan will pull in cool air from outside and the other fan will push out warm air from your home. Run these fans all night until the next morning when the temperature begins to increase.
Plant Cooling Exterior Vegetation
The type of vegetation and trees you have growing around your home can help keep your home's interior temperature lower during the hot summer months. Without trees and vegetation, the air around your home's windows, doors, roof, and patios heats up from the sun. This can increase the temperature inside your home. When you plant trees around your home to shade your home's exterior, the shade will help keep your home cool, as the air temperature beneath the trees can be up to 25 degrees F cooler than a nearby asphalt driveway or parking lot.
Plant trees on the west and east side of your home, approximately 15 feet from your home. This will provide shade for your roof and exterior walls without causing damage to your home's foundation from tree root growth. Trees planted accordingly around your home will shade your home and reduce your home's interior temperature by eight to ten degrees F. Then, you can plant trees with lower-growing branches on the east side of your home to shade any east-facing windows from early morning sun. Sunlight that enters your home's windows will heat your home just as a greenhouse is warmed from the sun.
Make Your Own Air Conditioner Unit
If the heat inside your home becomes unbearable despite trying these tips, you can build your own small air conditioner unit to cool a room in your home. You will need a medium-sized styrofoam cooler, a roll of duct or gorilla tape, a small eight to ten-inch portable fan, a two to three-inch section of PVC pipe and a PVC elbow in the same size, a sharp serrated knife, and some ice.
First, use the end of the PVC pipe to draw its outline with a pencil or pen on one end of the styrofoam cooler lid. Next, set the face of the portable fan on the other side of the top of the cooler and outline it onto the styrofoam lid. Use the knife to cut out both holes from the cooler lid.
Place the fan into the hole so the fan will blow inside the cooler and place tape around its edge to hold it in place. Place the PVC pipe sections together. Insert the straight end of the PVC pipe into the hole, allowing the elbow to extend out of the cooler's lid. Tape this in place.
Fill the cooler with ice cubes, or frozen ice packs. You can also use your freezer to freeze water in plastic bowls, then dump out the large ice chunks to fill the styrofoam cooler. Plug in the fan to create cool air that blows out the PVC pipe. Replace the ice as it melts.
Use this information to help keep you and your home cool during the hot summer months. While you use these tips, you might want to go to websites like the one linked to in this article to contact an air conditioning installation service.