The summer period is finally dawning and many people have already started thinking of how they can beat the summer heat by either repairing their broken down AC systems of buying new ones altogether. But did you know that there are many cheaper alternatives that you can always go for in place of getting the more expensive air conditioning systems? Well, there are. And some of them are quite ‘free’ too. Here are five cheaper alternatives that you can try out in place of buying the more expensive AC systems.

1. Open windows

This is perhaps the oldest method known to man of air conditioning. Opening the windows and letting the natural cool breeze cool your rooms for you through your windows has been around since man learned to build houses. If you keep to this practice every morning and evening, then you will have a cool natural breeze cooling your home all the time.

The pros

  • It is free
  • Doesn’t need electricity
  • You can adjust your windows to allow as much air as you want

The cons

  • Noise pollution can be a problem
  • Relies entirely on outside weather
  • Animals, insects, and birds can access your home
  • Your home can’t be cooled well if there is no wind outside

 

2. Attic ventilation

You can also use your attic to cool your home. You can do this by installing vents or vented skylights to cool your home by pulling hot air up and out of your home.

The pros

  • Cost-effective
  • The vents can work for years once installed

The cons

  • They may not be noticeably cooler
  • You need to open the windows at the lower portions of your home for this to work
  • Reduce the amount of heat you create in your home
  • You have little control over the rate of cooling of your home.

 

3. Reduce dishwasher, oven, and dryer usage

This is also another great way you can apply to prevent your home from getting too hot. The process is quite simple; you are only reducing the total amount of heat that the equipment in your home is generating. You can cut down on the usage of these machineries especially in the mornings and evenings to get the most results.

The pros

  • You will also be cutting down on the electric bills
  • There will be less heat, which requires cooling in your home

The cons

  • It is more of a preventive measure compared to a solution
  • It only really works if the heat comes from indoors and not outdoors
  • It can disrupt day-to-day lives of families
  • You will, most likely also have to have your windows open as well to maximize the cooling process

 

4. Fans

Fans are also popular home cooling tools for specific areas in your homes for hot days. These small gadgets can cool in one direction or be set to rotate from side to side and end up cooling larger areas.

The pros

  • They are effective for individual use or small areas
  • Inexpensive

The cons

  • Can be noisy at times
  • You might need to also open your windows so that air can easily circulate
  • Only cools small areas and not the whole house
  • Only effective when using the fan

 

5. Window units

This is almost like a built-in AC, only that it relies mostly on a unit that’s attached to the window frame to cool your home.

The pros

  • Cost-effective
  • Reliable
  • Effective for individual use or small areas

The cons

  • Can be unattractive
  • Cools parts of the house and not the whole house
  • Takes away natural lighting and outside view.