How to Keep Your Home Cool Without Central Air Conditioning
It can be challenging to keep your living spaces cool during the warmer months—especially if you don't have a central air conditioning system. But with the correct tools, it is possible to lower the temperature, both in small areas and larger living spaces. To help you beat the heat, we rounded up several effective products, from portable window units to oversized fans, that will make getting through the dog days of summer a breeze.
- Air Purifying Fan: Dyson TP04 Cool Tower Air Purifier and Fan
- WiFi-Controlled Window Air Conditioner Unit: LG 14,000 BTU 115-Volt Dual Inverter Smart Window Air Conditioner
- Mobile Cooling Unit: Zero Breeze Mark 2
- Silent Inverter Air Conditioner: Midea U Inverter Window Air Conditioner
- Powerful Freestanding Fan: Vornado 660 Large Whole Room Air Circulator
- Blackout Curtain Liner: Pottery Barn Universal Blackout Curtain Liner
Window air conditioning units are often unattractive and noisy, but that's not the case with this whisper-quiet, sleek, WiFi enabled device. Control it from your phone (you can pair it a myriad of smart devices!) or use the included remote.
Shop Now: LG 14,000 BTU 115-Volt Dual Inverter Smart Window Air Conditioner, $06.82, loewes.com.
Searching for a cooling unit you can take anywhere you go? This device is your best option: It weighs in at under 17 pounds and can be powered by either electric or battery (which means your kids can carry it around the house and stow it away in the car on the next family camping trip).
Shop Now: Zero Breeze Mark 2, $949, walmart.com.
Unlike traditional models, this silent, energy-efficient inverter unit allows you to open the window after it's been installed, so you can take advantage of those cooler days by throwing open the sash.
Shop Now: Midea U Inverter Window Air Conditioner, $469, amazon.com.
If your current ceiling fan isn't cutting it, this eight-blade option from Honeywell may be the solution. The additional blades make the downward draft more powerful, so you can find relief fast.
Shop Now: Honeywell 50609-01 "Xerxes" Ceiling Fan, $229, amazon.com.