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Innovative Strategies for Cooling Your House Without the AC

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Innovative Strategies for Cooling Your House Without the AC

June 16, 2023

In the beautiful new home community of Friendship Creek, nestled near Bethany Beach, DE, each house is equipped with modern air conditioning units. But, for those summer days when the breeze from the Delaware shore is just enough, there are a few innovative strategies to keep your house cool without the AC.

Harness the Power of Windows

It’s not all about keeping them closed. Strategic use of windows can be your first line of defense against the summer heat. Open windows in the cool early mornings and late evenings to let in fresh air. During the peak heat, keep them closed with shades drawn to block the sun’s rays. Thermal curtains can be a valuable investment to boost this effect.

Curtains Blocking out Sunlight

Use Fans Effectively

Though fans don’t cool air, they circulate it, creating a breeze that can make a room feel up to four degrees cooler. Ceiling fans are particularly effective at pushing hot air up and away. Remember to set your fan to rotate counterclockwise during summer, pulling cooler air upwards and creating a wind-chill effect.

Try Some Green Solutions

Plants aren’t just for beautification. Some, like snake plants, aloe vera and golden pothos, are excellent at cooling a room naturally. They absorb heat and release moisture into the air, thus reducing the overall temperature. Consider placing these plants strategically around your house for a naturally cooler environment.

Plants Against a White Wall

Seal it Up

Homes in Friendship Creek are built with energy efficiency in mind, but there’s no harm in double-checking your insulation. Ensure doors and windows are well-sealed to prevent hot air from sneaking in.

Cook Smarter, Not Harder

Kitchen appliances generate a lot of heat. On hot days, opt for meals that require less cooking. Grilling outside or preparing a refreshing summer salad can keep your house cooler.

A Grill With Meet on It.

Hydrate Your Home

Water evaporates at room temperature and helps cool the air. Small bowls of water placed around the house, especially near airflows like fans, can keep your home cool without an AC. A wet sheet in front of an open window can also do wonders.

Reflect the Heat Away

Consider reflective surfaces outside your house. They can be a powerful weapon against the sun’s heat. Light-colored blinds, solar screens or window films are all options to consider. You can also use light-colored roof shingles to reflect more sunlight away.

Understanding how to cool a house without AC can make those warm Delaware summers more enjoyable and eco-friendly. While all homes in Friendship Creek are built with efficient AC units, these techniques can help keep your house comfortable while saving energy.

Ready to experience the beauty of Friendship Creek for yourself? Schedule a tour today and come explore all that our sustainable and thoughtfully-designed community has to offer. We can’t wait to welcome you home!

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