Good Questions: Cooling the house with fans?

Good Questions: Cooling the house with fans?

Mar 19, 2007

Saidalice writes:

Hi AT,
Oh, Southern California! While I love the weather when I'm out-and-about, I don't love the heat that collects in our home. Long after it's cooled off outside, our house stays muggy and suffocating (yes, we leave the windows open). It's an older home, and while we have air conditioning throughout, we don't like to use it. (Our budget thanks us, but our kitty does not!) Before the heat commences in full force, I'd like to find a few fans to set around the house only, I don't want plain, white plastic ones. I'm not too picky about style, but I'm leaning towards metal (be it vintage or modern looking, the two not necessarily mutually exclusive). Also, I'm wondering if anyone has any good placement tips. I usually just set them as close as I can to windows, but when it's hot outside, I'm wondering if there's a better place for them?

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Hi Saidalice, it's a great idea to set a fan by the window to bring in the outside air, but the main thing to remember is circulation. You should make sure you open a window on the opposite side to enable the warm air to get out. Another tip is to leave your windows open at night to let the cool air inside, and keep them shut during the day to keep the hot air out. The vintage styles you are looking at are fantastic, and increasing in popularity. The one shown is from Restoration Hardware, but you can find similar styles for less at other stores, like this one from Target. Does anyone have any other tips regarding fans? Please share in the comments!

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