7 ways to keep your apartment cool on
hot summer days
Try a heat snorkeling system. Point a fan into a square
of four cups filled with ice water and ice cubes. The
cooler air in the cups has nowhere to go but out. Each
night, refreeze the cubes and open the windows.Open
the windows at night and close them during the day.
Open windows at night so that cooler night air is
blowing in throughout your apartment in the evening
and night. Leaving all interior doors open for
circulation. Close the windows and blinds and curtains
as soon as the sunlight hits your suite.
Use a combination of fans to create good air
circulation. Blow hot air out by positioning a powerful
exhaust fan near a window but not so close that rain
could damage the fan motor. Also, use oscillating fans
placed near other windows to blow in fresh, cooler air.
Use this fan combo only when outside temperatures
are cooler than the inside of your apartment. This
tends to be during the night or on overcast days.
Make a do-it-yourself air conditioner. Put a metal bowl of salted ice in front
of a fan, and adjust the fan so that the air is blowing over the ice. Or, use
one or more 2 liter bottles and fill them mostly full of water (70%) and rock
salt (10%). Leave 20% of the volume empty for expansion. The salt lowers
the temperature at which the water freezes, allowing you to make the ice
super cold. Freeze the liquid in the bottles, then place them in a large bowl
(to catch dripping condensation). Position a fan to blow on them. As the
salty ice in the bottles melts, the air around them cools and the fan will
blow that air at you. The water and salt in the bottles can be refrozen every
night and used repeatedly.
Turn off all heat sources and BBQ or eat cold Foods. Incandescent light bulbs also
give off heat. Switch to compact fluorescents or LEDs. Turn off your lamps and your
computer when youre not using them. You should also turn off your TV since it gives
off a lot of heat and turn the power off of non-essential plug-in power adapters.
Avoid steam. Dont take a hot shower, wash dishes, wash clothes or cook until after
dark. Make sure your pot lids are tight-fitting if you do cook on the stove, and make
sure your washer and dishwasher are in good shape and have no breaks or rips in
Put smooth white fabrics over anything in your house that is fuzzy. For example, you
could cover corduroy pillows with white satin pillowcases for summer, put linen
slipcovers over wool sofas, or even just throw white sheets over furniture. Light-
colored fabric will reflect heat instead of absorbing it, and the smooth texture will
give you the look and feel of coolness.