When does our reliance on air conditioning become a minor addiction? These are some of the questions we must start asking as the sea levels rise and the earth gets warmer. Before air conditioning, people used a lot of methods to stay cool: cold showers, a jug of ice water in front of a fan, or they would head down to the nearest body of water where the temperature was always a few degrees cooler. Today, we can take a few pointers from these people who lived in the days before central AC – mainly we can borrow from their inventiveness. Here is how to reduce your reliance on AC.
One of the best ways to reduce your reliance on the AC is to not use it when you don’t need to use it. This may seem simple and obvious, but if you take a step back, you can probably think of a few times that you simply leave your AC on when you are not in the house. This can actually be incredibly wasteful – in terms of your finances and in terms of the damage to the environment. When you aren’t at home, your AC should be off – simple as that.
When you are at home, there are a number of ways to reduce your reliance. One great way to reduce your reliance at home is to use fans – overhead fans, ceiling fans, table fans – anything that has a spinning blade and can provide a nice cool breeze. Also, you may want to think about opening a few windows at night to let the cool air inside. In the morning, you can close these windows to trap the air in. Not only will this cool down your home, but it will also allow you the opportunity to save on indoor air quality services. By constantly letting fresh air in, you won’t have to worry about pollutants that are common with stagnant air – especially warm stagnant air.
Next, you may want to think about planting some trees around your home. Trees are amazing because not only can they provide shade – they can also cool down the warm air that passes through them. This is because of the oxygen and carbon dioxide that trees are always breathing in and out. It may be smart to start planting a few trees now, because next summer you will want that shade coverage. If you live in an apartment, you may want to think of placing some thick reflecting shades on your windows – these shades can deflect the sun’s UV rays, which will keep the temperature in your apartment controlled.
In the end, reducing your reliance on AC requires inventiveness, resourcefulness and a little creativity. It also requires a dedication and commitment to reducing your reliance. When a reliance on something becomes an addiction, there will most likely be negative consequences. In the case of our addiction to the AC, that consequence is global warming, so it is up to each and every homeowner to do his or her part to cut down their dependence.