How to Cool a Hot Room

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No one wants to feel overheated at home.
No one wants to feel overheated at home. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

During sweltering summer months, any room in the house can become uncomfortable. If you don't have a central air conditioner, you can use other methods to cool a hot room. There are a few items that, when used together, provide a much cooler environment without the high electricity bill from a central air conditioner.

Things You'll Need

  • Ceiling fan
  • Portable electric fan
  • Ice
  • Large bowl
  • Portable air conditioner

Install a ceiling fan to provide good air circulation.

Plug in a portable electric fan to work with the ceiling fan. Together, they can get the room up to 5 degrees cooler. To add a cold burst to the air coming from the electric fan, place a large bowl of ice directly in front of it.

Close the blinds and all windows during the day, keeping out as much direct sunlight as possible. At night, when the temperature comes down, open the windows to let fresh cool air circulate through your room.

Use a portable air conditioner. Cheaper units are simply plugged in and filled with cold water, while others are window units that offer a bit more temperature control.

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