Surviving the Summer without Air Conditioning

This article was written by Anne Marie Duhon. Anne Marie is a wife, mother of six, and full-time employee. She and her husband currently live in a small 200 square foot house, completely off the grid, and are (still) looking for the perfect place to feel at home. Besides being a wife and mother, she and her family raised many different animals on their various estates and lived and loved being off the grid and several miles from the nearest paved road. She wants to share her first-hand experiences and help others learn to live offline and love life and be as confident as possible.

Yes, believe it or not, it is possible.

No, it won’t be easy, but this has been going on all over the world for much longer than the weather.

I remember when I was very small, my parents installed the first air conditioner and we kids would lay on the living room floor and breathe the fresh air. Air conditioning systems as we know them today have only been around for about 40 years. Man has always looked for a way to stay cool in the summer.

Low-tech tips to stay cool in the summer

Here are some ideas and tips to help you make your air conditioner less bearable in the summer:

  • If you can change your work schedule. Work outside early in the morning or late at night and leave the hottest part of the day at home or in the waiting room.
  • Wear cool clothes, but cover up. I think I look cooler in a skirt than in shorts! Always wear a hat or cap when working outdoors. Clothing provides shade for the body and protects it from direct sunlight.
  • Drink lots of water! Water or Gatorade is better for you than soda, but it’s actually the cool drink that refreshes you from the inside out.
  • Do not eat heavy foods during the hottest part of the day. The body generates heat by digesting food and just makes you warmer.
  • Look for shadows, like animals. Find the coolest place in the house: the basement, the north side of the house, the part of the house that is under a tree, and things like that.
  • Try even wetting the feet (I’m dipping my pig in a bucket of fresh water right now as I write this, and it helps!), wetting the head/fibers, and putting a cool, damp cloth around the neck. You’d be surprised how much it really helps.
  • If it’s really hot, go to the library and enjoy their air conditioning! Or go to the municipal pool (not me, I’m too shy!) or take a stroll around the mall.

and some other tips…..

These ideas are low-tech and not expensive! Here are a few that are a bit more comprehensive:

  • Fans. The moving air wicks away sweat, leaving you feeling much cooler. Try placing a large block of ice (such as a cooler) behind the fan so that air is drawn over the ice, and this will significantly lower the temperature in the small room.
  • If you live in a hot, dry climate, try swamp coolers or evaporative fans. These are fans equipped with small hoses and nozzles that spray a fine mist into the air.
  • Close south-facing windows during the day to block out the sun, and open windows on the cooler north side or windows under trees. It’s the exact opposite of what you want to do in the winter.
  • Open windows at night to let in fresh night air, and close them during the day to keep fresh air in the room as long as possible.

Tips for building a summer house

If you know even before you build your home that you won’t have air conditioning, here are some ideas you can apply:

  • Make sure large deciduous trees provide shade on the south and west sides of the house. Trees release water vapor from their leaves as they breathe, and it’s much cooler under a tree!
  • Build your home in stone, masonry or concrete. Works very well in both winter and summer, keeps the walls warm and the interior cooler/warm.
  • Build your house underground, for God’s sake! Even the depth of a normal house keeps the house cooler in the summer because it is surrounded on all sides by the land mass. Go crazy and build your house in a cave!
  • If you are building a standard wood frame home, you should insulate the walls and ceiling well, and place windows and doors so that the air circulation in the house is optimal.
  • Install awnings in front of much-needed south-facing windows to shade out the warm summer sun, but leave the cooler winter sun under them to passively heat the house in winter. Make sure all windows are insulated or double glazed.

Summer is not an easy time for people and animals, but we can all do something about it if we think carefully and take precautions.

The fact that you too will get used to the lack of air conditioning is called acclimatization, and when you go you will find it unpleasantly cold! It usually takes a few weeks to get used to the heat and perspiration, but after that, you’ll find your pampered friends panting and sweating while you’re just riding your bike!

Enjoy a summer that won’t last forever!

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frequently asked questions

How can you keep your home cool in the summer without air conditioning?

How to keep your room cool in the summer WITHOUT air conditioning or refrigerator …

Could you live without air conditioning?

Once you realize that you can survive without air conditioning, living without it will be much easier. (It’s probably the same for all the rest.) So if I can get used to living without air conditioning after a few days, many other people probably can too. … I feel much cooler now without air conditioning, while my siblings are sweating every moment.

What can I use instead of air conditioning?

4 alternatives to air conditioning to stay cool this summer

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