Frigidaire 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

How to Keep Your Home Cool Without Central Air Conditioning

Beat the heat this summer with one of these must-have products.
By Lauren Wellbank
April 12, 2021
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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.

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Purifying Fan

Cool and purify the air in your home with this powerhouse fan, which displays gas and air quality values while it oscillates.

Shop Now: Dyson TP04 Cool Tower Air Purifier and Fan, $449.99, target.com.

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WiFi Window

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.

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Portable Unit

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.

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Large Room Cooler

No window unit, no problem. This portable machine by Frigidaire cools down large rooms between 350- to 450-square-feet with ease and even boasts a dehumidifying setting.

Shop Now: Frigidaire 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner, $360.14, wayfair.com.

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Inverter Unit

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.

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Window Treatments

Keep the sun's harsh rays—which drive up the temperature in your interior spaces—out by installing solar shades. These window treatments are specially designed to reduce heat and come in a variety of colors and styles.

Shop Now: The Shade Store Solar Shades, price upon request, theshadestore.com.

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Big Fan

Cool a larger space with this freestanding fan from Vornado. The four-speed model can be tilted up to 90 degrees and works using a powerful vortex circulation method.

Shop Now: Vornado 660 Large Whole Room Air Circulator, $99.99, amazon.com.

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Blackout Curtain Liner

Turn any set of curtains into blackout shades by adding these light-blocking liners. Install the material to the window-facing side of your existing linens to keep hot rays out for good.

Shop Now: Pottery Barn Universal Blackout Curtain Liner, from $39, potterybarn.com.

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Ceiling Fan

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.