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15 Ways to Reduce Heat Inside Your Home Without Using Electricity

15 Ways to Reduce Heat Inside Your Home Without Using Electricity

In the times before the air conditioner, people had to find many ways to keep themselves cool during the summer, and reduce the heat that was trapped inside their homes. Many times just a few simple upgrades can dramatically reduce the heat that comes into your home, while other times the only option is to try to get the heat out. Even when you have access to an air conditioner, it is not always the best option financially.

1. Tune/Update Your Windows

If you have high windows, simply open them when it is hot outside. In the case of double hung windows, open the lower portion on the upwind side of the home, and the upper portion of the downwind side. This will cause the pressure to suck the air through your home. Updated windows will prevent cool air from seeping out and hot air from seeping in. The best option is installing windows with double-pane insulated glass.

2. Plant a Tree

There is a strategy to this—a tree planted so that its shade will cover a portion of the home, will provide relief from heat creeping into the house, as long as the sun will cast a shadow on the home.

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3. Paint Your Roof

Light colors reflect UV rays rather than absorbing them, much like how ice or snow does.

4. Install External Blinds or Operable Shutters

These are designed to keep the sun out in the summer, but let it in during the winter. Shutters provide security, shading, and ventilation. While external blinds are not common in North America, they are popular in Australia and the European countries.

5. Close Your Drapes

Line your drapes with a light colored fabric that will reflect the sun, and then close them for the hottest portion of the day.

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6. Cook Hot Food Outside

Stoves bring in a lot of extra heat during the summer, and more money has to be spent trying to cool the home off, due to it. Cooking hot food outside is one of the creative ways to reduce electricity bills while keeping the house cool.

7. Utilize High-Reflectivity Window Film

These films are used to save energy through reflecting light on the east and west facing windows. The films that appear mirror-like are more effective than those that are transparent.

8. Unplug Electronics

This will reduce heat output from things like televisions and computers, as all larger appliances and electronics generate heat when they are plugged in.

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9. Rethink Your Pillows

Buckwheat pillows don’t absorb heat like regular cotton and down. These pillows will help to keep you and your bedroom cool during hot summer nights.

10. Hang a Sheet

To cool down a whole room, hang a wet sheet in front of a window that is open when there is a breeze. This will help to rapidly cool down the temperature of the room.

11. Use Blocks of Ice

A DIY air conditioner can be made by placing a block of ice in a shallow pan or bowl, in front of an open window. The breeze will pick up the cold water and create mist.

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12. Choose Your Bed Linens Carefully

To reduce heat in the bedroom, opt for lightweight cotton. These sheets are breathable and will promote airflow and ventilation in the bedroom.

13. Open Up Your Windows

When the temperature outside is lower than it is inside, open the windows up. This will help to cool all elements of the home (including the walls, floors, etc.) that absorb heat when temperatures rise.

14. Utilize Awnings

This can help to reduce the solar heat gain in a home. Some research has said that awnings can lower heat gain from windows with western exposure by up to 77 percent, and heat gain from southern exposure by up to 65 percent.

15. Plant Vines

Vines will shade a building’s walls from the sun, reducing the average daily fluctuation of temperature by up to 50% through a process called evapotranspiration. Some vines do cause damage, so be sure to research the best type of vine for your home’s exterior.

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

Featured photo credit: Jopeel Quimpo via unsplash.com

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