Surviving the Heat without A/C

Simple sunlight management and wise fan use can make a marked difference in your indoor temperature.



Save energy this summer. It’s easy to keep you and your house cool without air conditioning. Using a few basic environmentally friendly principals will help keep you cool and help you save money.

Dress for the weather.  If it’s hot, dress lightly. Wear light colored cotton or linen clothing to help keep yourself cool.

Turn on a fan. Moving air is cooler air. Air moving on your skin makes you feel cooler. Place fans in windows to bring more cool air in. Ceiling fans can also make a big difference. In terms of energy savings, if you run a ceiling fan full-blast for 24 hours, you will only spend about $20 a month in electricity. Make sure your ceiling fan is blowing down.  But don’t leave the fan running all day — only keep it on when you’re sitting under it. It only works if the air blows on your skin.  When it doesn’t the fan only adds heat to the room from the energy in the motor.

Turn Your Fan into an Air Conditioner. Another easy way to cool your home without air conditioning is to place a frozen milk jug  or cola bottle in front of fans.

Control the humidity.  Remove humidity somehow.  Humidity makes a room hotter. Do laundry early or late in the day. Take showers or baths during the cooler times of day. If your bathroom, laundry room or kitchen has fan vents, use them. Invest in a dehumidifier if you live in a humid climate. House plants may help with this also.

Open the windows and doors when it’s cool at night or in the morning.  Then, before it gets too hot, close them all up, usually around mid-day or early afternoon.  If it cools off enough after the sun goes down, open the windows and doors again and let the outside air cool off the house. Use white or light colored window dressings to reflect light.

Sun shining in windows can really heat the place up.  The most basic thing you can do to keep your house cooler without air conditioning is to keep as much sunlight out as possible and let cooler air in at night. During the day, keep windows, drapes, blinds or shades closed. Close blinds on your south, east, and west windows to cut down on extra heat, or, better yet, install exterior shades or shade screens to cut out the heat before it even gets inside the house.  If you have a porch, you can put up large plastic or bamboo shades to cut down on sunlight.


What you see here is an exterior shade screen. Exterior shade screens keep heat out of your house during the hot summer months.

What you see here is an exterior shade screen. Exterior shade screens keep heat out of your house during the hot summer months.


At night, leave cabinets open as well, as they will store heat.

Identify the appliances in your home that generate heat. If you aren’t at home during the day, it is easier to simply shut off as many electric appliances as possible. If you spend more of your day at home, try to use heat-generating appliances only during the coolest part of the day. For example, use the microwave instead of the stovetop or oven. Or, let your dishes air dry instead of heat-drying in your dishwasher. Keep electronics on a power strip to provide a quick way to “power-down” before leaving the house.

Change incandescent bulbs for cooler fluorescent bulbs. Turn off lights when not in use.

Landscaping for your home should be mindful of having deciduous trees (that loose their leaves in winter), trellises and shrubbery on the southern and western sides of your home. Don’t place heat-absorbing rocks, cement or asphalt too close to the house.

With a little wise planning, you are on your way to a cooler summer. When you dress lighter, open your windows, and use fans, you can be comfortable without using a/c.

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and fourteen grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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