How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning: 12 Tips

No air conditioning? These tips will keep your home cool and comfortable in summer, reduce energy use and save on energy costs.

teen girl creates her personal oasis on the floor, listening to music through wireless headphones in front of a cooling fan
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There is nothing better than enjoying the heat of the summer, especially after those chilly winter and rainy spring months. But the heat and humidity of summer can quickly leave you wondering how you can stay cool. Whether your home doesn’t have central air conditioning, or you like to use air conditioning sparingly, you’ll want to plan ahead with some proven tactics to help you stay cool in the summer.

The cost of making some of these changes can be offset with tax credits. Energy efficiency upgrades to your home may qualify for one of two federal income tax credits, depending on the type of improvements you make to your home.

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Donna LeValley
Personal Finance Writer

Donna joined Kiplinger as a personal finance writer in 2023. She spent more than a decade as the contributing editor of J.K.Lasser's Your Income Tax Guide and edited state specific legal treatises at ALM Media. She has shared her expertise as a guest on Bloomberg, CNN, Fox, NPR, CNBC and many other media outlets around the nation.