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Houzz.com: Ways to Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning

Ways to Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning

Summer heat waves have everyone looking for ways to cool down at home. Blasting the air conditioner isn't always an option, and it certainly uses a lot of energy. Instead of shelling out the big bucks to keep cool, consider several alternatives that can make a big difference.

1. Choose light-colored blinds. Installing window shades or blinds is a no-brainer. But light-colored shades tend to be more effective, since they reflect the heat back outside. Close south- and west-facing curtains during the day to further reduce heat.

Consider applying window tint too. "You have no idea how incredible the new 3M window film products are — not only for reducing heat, but also for cutting down on the UV factor that can fade your carpet and materials," says window designer and specialist Cory Jacoby of the Jacoby Company. "This should be your first line of defense."
(Credit: Eileen Kathryn Boyd)
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