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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 August 6, 2018

10 Benefits of Deadlifts You Probably Never Knew

10 Benefits of Deadlifts You Probably Never Knew

The Deadlift. It is the quintessential weightlifting exercise. According to David Robson, a bodybuilder, personal trainer and contributor to Bodybuilding.com,

“In my experience as an athlete, and based on the results witnessed by many of my personal training clients, the deadlift, if performed correctly, will build unparalleled mass while strengthening all the major muscles groups.

Yes, many will argue that the squat is the King of Exercises, and will contribute to more strength and size gains than any other exercise.

While it is true that the squat does rank as one of the best size builders (and on this basis alone should be included in everyone’s program), the deadlift, in my opinion, builds the upper and lower body like no other movement.”

The deadlift is done by simply grasping your free-weight bar (with as many weights as you can feasibly – not comfortably – lift) and lifting up until your standing up with the bar hanging in front of you, arms extended.

1. Increased Fat Burning

Alwyn Cosgrove, a personal trainer and fitness author, recently wrote about a study where: “Overweight subjects were assigned to three groups: diet-only, diet plus aerobics, diet plus aerobics plus weights. The diet group lost 14.6 pounds of fat in 12 weeks. The aerobic group lost only one more pound (15.6 pounds) than the diet group (training was three times a week starting at 30 minutes and progressing to 50 minutes over the 12 weeks).

The weight training group lost 21.1 pounds of fat (44% and 35% more than diet and aerobic only groups respectively). Basically, the addition of aerobic training didn’t result in any real world significant fat loss over dieting alone.”

Lifting weights and resistance training will burn more fat than just dieting or dieting with cardio exercise alone.

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2. Better Posture

Deadlifting increases your core strength and adds to core stability, according to Robson. Deadlifting targets all of the muscles responsible for your posture and enables you to keep your back straighter during regular daily activities.

3. More Muscles Worked

The Deadlift works more muscles than any other exercise, including the squat. The lift engages all of the major muscle groups, according to exercise physiologist Kevin Farley. If you need to do one exercise, this is the one to do. The Deadlift works your lower and upper body, including your back muscles.

4. Increased Real Life Lift

When you do other lifting exercises, like a bench press, for example, you’re not doing anything you might really do in real life. When are you ever going to have the need to lay on your back and push something in the air — unless you’re giving your two-year-old “flying lessons.” The Deadlift develops the muscles you need to actually carry something, like a bucket of water, those heavy grocery bags or your neighbor’s dining room table.

5. It’s Safe

The Deadlift is one of the safest weightlifting exercises you can perform. You aren’t going to get pinned under the weight or have to worry about it pulling you over backwards. If you get into trouble, you can simply drop it…making for a loud bang, no doubt, but no damage. You also don’t have to have a spotter to perform this exercise.

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6. Improved Grip Strength

According to Outlaw Fitness:

“Deadlifts are renowned for their ability to build massive amounts of grip strength, and for good reason. Your fingers are literally the only things connecting you to the weight of the bar. Your forearms have to work incredibly hard as you progress in weight to keep the bar from falling out of your hands. Subsequently your grip strength grows by leaps and bounds.”

7. Increases Hormones

Now don’t worry, these aren’t the hormones that will make you more emotional! Instead, by doing at least 8 to 10 repetitions of Deadlifts with significant weight, you can increase the amount of testosterone and growth hormone produced by your body.

Testosterone increases muscle growth and improves muscle repair while growth hormone, which is produced by your pituitary gland, promotes tissue healing, bone strength, muscle growth and fat loss.

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8. Cheap and Easy

A lot of exercises require a lot of equipment, special shoes or whatever. Not the Deadlift. Just a bar with some weight. Pick it up. Simple. You can usually find freeweights and a bar at a thrift store – or being given away by a friend – making it even cheaper.

9. Increased Cardio

Believe it or not, doing 10 repetitions of Deadlifts will increase your cardiovascular ability. You might want to make sure you have somewhere to sit down when you’re done!

10. Prevents Injury

The Deadlift can help prevent injuries by increasing the strength of your muscles around critical tendons and ligaments. Supporting joints with strong muscles is crucial to preventing injury, especially in the hamstrings and lower back, according to Outlaw Fitness.

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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