5 More Tips for Staying Cool Without the A/C

When it comes to battling summer heat, it helps to have a fully loaded bagful of tricks to help you stay cool.  In addition to keeping your curtains drawn and replacing those heat throwing incandescent bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent or LED bulbs, here are a few more tips for staying cool without cranking up the air conditioner:

1. Pump up that basement air: Have you ever gone down to your basement in the summer and noticed a substantial difference between its temperature and that of the rest of your home?  That cool air can be put to use by keeping the basement door open and placing a fan facing your living area at that doorway in order to pull that cool air upstairs. However, don’t do this if your home has mold or high radon levels.

2. Stay wet: For some temporary but delicious relief, after showering, stay damp (not drenched) and sit near a fan.  Also, spritzing yourself with a spray bottle or, when the place and time is right, pouring water over your head helps cool you down as the evaporating water stimulates sweating — the body’s cool down mechanism.

3. Drink water: Your body’s losing a lot of water by sweating.  Staying well hydrated helps keep everything functioning, including the body’s blood flow and its ability to continue to allow you to sweat and stay cool.

4. Limit appliance usage: In addition to keeping the oven off as much as possible, limit your use of other appliances and electronic devices that generate heat, such as TVs, dishwashers and computers, which can be put in hibernate or sleep mode when not in use.

5. Cotton bedding and PJs: While a hot, humid day can be oppressive, trying to go to sleep on a wickedly hot night can be pure misery.  By using cotton sheets and wearing loose cotton pajamas, sweat will be able to evaporate instead of being trapped by fabrics that don’t “breathe.”

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Sheila Griffin
Sheila Griffin2 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago


Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo2 years ago

Thank you for the tips. It's also a good idea to keep curtains drawn on windows on the south and west side of the house.

Laura Saxon
Past Member 2 years ago

When I worked at my Dad's medical office back when we lived in Alabama, the air conditioner for the office would die like clock work every summer and we would have to have it replaced and we would go for a drive in the car with the air conditioner on.

Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago



Michele Wilkinson

Great tips.
Thank you

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for this article.

Asiatic Lion
Asiatic Lion4 years ago

can use a water cooler as opposed to an air conditioner...


Gordana Roljic
Gordana Roljic4 years ago


Charles B.
Charles B.4 years ago

Thank you Terri!