Summer is coming, and that's sweaty when you're in an area where baking is done on the hottest days of the day. Even the most powerful AC systems can sometimes not keep up, but these low-tech solutions can help keep your home cool.
In this list, we focused on standard components that do not require expensive installations. For those who can not afford to have a complete home system or who can not install much hardware since their rental. (Landlords do not always see high-performance, efficient air conditioning as a priority for their tenants.)
We focus on two options: Air cooling and air circulation with fans and portable / non-permanent air conditioning units and heat exclusion ensure that heat and light not get into your home. Take a look at our selection below.
The Best Window-Mounted AC Device: GE AEM08LX ($ 289)
A window mounted air conditioner provides the best cooling performance. Although limited to a single room, this GE model can blow you free-cooling air without the expense or power of a full central AC system.
At just less than $ 300, it's also inexpensive enough to complement an existing system if it's not suitable for a bedroom or office, or for an external garage or workshop. You may need some help with installation if you can not lift the 60-pound unit, but it will come with a mounting bracket and a plastic blocker in the box. Once it's set up, plug it into a standard power outlet and you'll immediately get a blast of cold air.
The Best Portable AC Device: Whynter ARC-14S ($ 480)
For those who have no option for semi-permanent window installation or need to move the air-conditioning system from room to room, a portable solution is the best solution. We have a full summary for portable AC devices, but the best overall choice is the Whynter ARC-14S.
With a tremendous power of 14000 BTU, it can cool a single 500 square foot room or supplement the cooling system for something bigger than a living room. You still need to find a window for the exhaust air and humidity, but it can be installed and removed in just a few minutes.
The Best Window Fan Unit: Holmes HAWF-2041 ($ 43)
If your budget is not for an AC unit or you just occasionally need cool air? This Holmes window fan may be better for your purpose. The design with two fans sits in your window and can be expanded as desired. You can suck in cool air, blow out hot air, or turn the two blades in opposite directions for a complete air exchange. It's an excellent solution for those who do not want a lavish installation or need to switch from one uncomfortably hot room to another. And the price makes it prudent to pick up two of them – then you can position them so that a fan sucks in cool air and pushes hot air through your room or apartment.
Best Recirculation Fan: Lasko 20 "QuickMount ($ 70)
A traditional floor fan could be everything you need if you only want a little air circulation. If this is the case, skip the fancy futuristic designs for this more conventional 20-inch lasko fan. This unit has a deceptively chic design: unlike many high-volume models, the controls are front-mounted and the V-shaped bracket can be used on a floor or table or suspended from the wall with the supplied steel bracket
Heat-blocking Venetian Blinds: Belle Max Honeycomb Cellular Shades (30 USD)
If the rest of your home is in order, the heat is easiest to enter through the windows. Rental apartments and houses rarely have high-quality blinds. Upgrading your blinds is therefore a simple and visually appealing way to keep the heat out. We recommend the Cellular Blackout Venetian Blinds from Belle Max.
The double-walled chamber construction prevents hot air from entering your home and the aluminum inner lining blocks the light. These are available in a variety of sizes from 23 inches to 46 inches, including mounting hardware. If you still prefer a little light in your window, the foil lining will not be available on the slightly cheaper white version.
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For ultimate light and heat blockers, there is nothing better than this complete aluminum foil insulation. The 24-inch roll is double-walled for the drainage of the head and comes in a roll of 25 feet, which should be sufficient for a whole apartment or a small house.
It does not look very good – but if you prevent If you want the maximum amount of heat to get into your home, you can do so in this way, and it's worth paying attention to the rules of your apartment complex and even local regulations before you just put it in the window Many places have rules that indicate that things like foil and cardboard are banned in windows, and only curtains and appropriate window treatments are acceptable. If this is the case, you can cut the film larger than the opening and put it over the existing window treatment or hang a plain white cloth between the film and the window. Still, dollar by dollar, you will not beat this stuff to keep out the scorching summer heat.