Heat is hard on us. It makes it difficult to work, decreases our productivity, and even sleep doesn't bring relief. And if you live or work in a small room that warms up much quicker and where air circulation is significantly worse than in large spaces, the hot season becomes a real challenge to survive.
So, what are the best ways of fighting the heat and cooling a small room? Let's find out the tried and tested ways of cooling a room without AC.
1. Close the curtains during the day, and use dark ones.
If your window catches a lot of direct sunlight, using dark or blackout curtains will prevent the rays from overheating your room during the hours when the sun is most active. Otherwise, your room might turn into an impromptu greenhouse.
2. Open windows and interior doors at night.
There’s a benefit to closing off the doors to your kitchen during the day, since the hot air from cooking a meal will carry throughout your home. Yet, you can open the doors and windows at night to allow the cooler air to flow freely from room to room.
3. Place ice or cool water in front of a fan.
The idea is that ice generates cold air around it, and the fan will blow this air around. Just maybe don’t sit right in front of the stream so it doesn't irritate your eyes.
4. Adjust your ceiling fan according to the season.
Did you know ceiling fans have two modes? Depending on the way the blades turn, they can either create a breeze or force the warm air down (hot air always travels up). Make sure you have the right setting on so you’re cooling the bedroom instead of warming it up.
5. Sleep low.
Due to the principle of warm air rising, the air at your feet is less hot than at the ceiling. You can disassemble your bed and put the mattress on the floor or try a night without a mattress, if you don’t mind hard surfaces, and see if it makes a difference.
6. Let the night air in.
Open your window as soon as the temperature outside drops. In fact, open all the windows in your home to cool it down during the night and close them the next morning when the air heats back up again.
7. Upgrade all of your incandescent, fluorescent, and other light bulbs to LED.
All electronic equipment emanates heat, including light bulbs. This contributes to the temperature of your room. LED lights, on the other hand, stay cool. As a bonus, they are more energy-efficient, so you’ll save on your utility bills.
8. Buy a cooling mattress, pillows, and sheets.
Mattress technology has been developed to help you keep cool throughout the night. Whether they have moisture-wicking covers or breathable foam cores, there are many varieties of cooling mattresses to get you through summer sweat-free.
9. Use the Egyptian method.
It’s a method where you use a damp sheet as a cover to stay cool — basically a DIY swamp cooler. If you try it, set your fan on low, since cooling down your muscles too much might make you feel uncomfortable.
10. Drink more cool water.
Our bodies are mostly made of water, so staying hydrated is a sure way to stay healthy and comfortable. Chilled water (not iced) can also help cool down your body from the inside, providing relief.
11. Take a cool or contrast shower.
Taking contrast showers — alternating between hot and cold water during one shower — on the regular can help your body become more adaptable to temperature changes. If contrast showers don’t sound appealing, a lukewarm shower to cool down your body can still provide you with relief.
12. Cool off your pulse points.
If you’re really hot, you could place an ice pack or a cool, wet towel on your pulse points: your wrists, ankles, the crooks of your elbows, and the backs of your knees. Just be sure to cover your skin with a towel to protect it from getting too cold.
Surely we can all agree that these tricks have both pros and cons. On the one hand, spraying a sheet with water and using it to cool yourself down doesn’t cost much. On the other hand, most of them won’t work for a long period of time.
For some people it’s obvious — duh, why would I splurge on air conditioning for a tiny room I don’t even own?
It’s true: even the cheapest AC unit is costly and will spike your electric bill. Also, so many of us rent that you might simply run into the issue of your landlord not allowing it. Or, it may be your tiny office at work we’re talking about, and then the decision is out of your hands.
Or maybe you live in a country where there’s just a couple of decently warm weeks in a year — if you’re lucky — and AC is not common or easily available. You’re not alone! People in many countries don’t use air conditioning in households or offices.
If you dive deeper into what AC units entail, you’ll find plenty of drawbacks. For instance, did you know that having a runny nose all throughout the summer is often caused by air conditioning and the stark difference of temperatures it creates compared to the outdoors? It also dries out the air, which is not good for your health. And if you don’t have the AC filters cleaned regularly, it can aggravate other respiratory problems, such as allergies.
Air conditioners also contribute to noise pollution, as do other electrical appliances. It’s not the loud sounds that cause tinnitus, yet the constant buzzing can affect your mental health.
So if installing an AC is out of the question because it’s expensive or you rent your apartment or you’re on the fence while considering the drawbacks, are there any other effective ways to cool down a small space? Ones that won't make you put a bucket of ice near your office chair or sleep under a wet towel?
The good news is that air conditioning is not the only alternative to using electric fans or DIY-ing other tricks.
- Effective. It can decrease the temperature of your personal space, up to 33 ft2 or 4 m2, by 15 degrees C (59 F), unlike a fan that simply aids air circulation.
- 3-in-1. Evapolar not only cools but also purifies and humidifies the air. It's not a full replacement for purifiers and humidifiers, but it gives more than just cool air, unlike an AC that dries out the air.
- Eco-friendly. It doesn’t use Freon as AC units do, which is only relatively safe for you and the environment. Instead, it uses non-organic fibers on the filters that are easy to clean and don’t allow mold and bacteria to spread.
- Energy-efficient. Unlike an AC, it will not increase your electric bills, which— together with an affordable price — makes it a great alternative to air conditioners.
Also, many people consider Evapolar the best solution for the problem of cooling a small room, as it cools a person in a natural way and prevents exhaustion and dehydration.
There are lots of ways to keep a small room cool during summer. Some methods just don’t work as well as having an AC. It all depends on personal preferences and of course one’s budget.
The best solution is to cool down your own self and stay hydrated. Evapolar is a great fit for the job, as it evaporates cool air while humidifying the space.