Passively Cooling Interior Spaces

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They're predicting a hot summer, and I'm planning on spending as much of it at spray parks with my kids as possible. But, during the working hours, I'm in my home office with no air conditioning, and I imagine many other Seattle area folks are in the same situation.

Have you ever noticed that your neighbor's house may seem cool, while yours is on fire? There are some simple things you can do to help air move through your space without going out and picking up that window a/c unit.

First, take a look at your surroundings. What direction is your home facing? Prevailing winds usually come from the southwest in the summer. We can create a wind tunnel by opening windows on the northeast and southwest of the home, allowing a breeze to move through. Opening all windows allows good air movement as well, of course but many people don't want to open all their windows due to noise, bugs, or dust.

Now, if we aim a fan out that southwest window, we've encouraged that air to move through and assisted our breeze.

So, now you know how to save pennies and energy while keeping cool. But, there are so many more tricks! Check out this articlefor great methods of keeping cool as well.

When all else fails, go get some ice cream at Zombiez and hit up the local pool!