The sweltering days of summer are truly upon us, and you might be tempted to crank the air conditioner or plant yourself in front of a huge, energy-sucking fan to beat the heat.

However, the cost of staying cool can really add up. In 2015, the EIA Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) found that home air-conditioning costs averaged $265/month. That’s 12% of total home energy expenditures! And this summer, with everyone working from home, electric costs are expected to increase significantly.  According to a forecast from one clean energy company, the increase could be as much as $30/month.

What if paying an increased electric bill doesn’t fit into your monthly budget? What if air conditioning wasn’t high on your amenities wish list, and you’re living without? Or what if you simply want to use your cooling system as little as possible?

Figuring out how to keep an apartment cool without AC can be a bit tricky. Not to worry: we’ve got some creative tips for how to cool down a hot apartment, no matter your budget or air conditioning situation.

little girl eating watermelon in front of fan in cool apartment

How To Cool Down A Hot Apartment: 9 Tips for Renters

  1. Keep your blinds closed.

    Up to 76% of the heat that enters your apartment does so via the windows. This can be costly, since roughly 30% of the energy you use in your apartment goes toward cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. It might sound simple, but standard window coverings provide the most bang for your buck in terms of keeping the temperature down.

  2. Shut the door.

    Another simple tip: close the doors to any unused rooms, such as the bathroom or the bedrooms, during the hottest part of the day. That way, you keep cool air flowing where you need it. Conversely, open doors and windows when the temperature drops to let cooler air in.

  3. Switch out your sheets.

    If you’re trying to figure out how to keep your apartment cool without AC, nothing is more important than staying cool while sleeping. Swap out your fleece blankets and flannel sheets for cooler, breathable cotton versions in the summer months.

  4. Lower your mattress.

    This might seem like a silly idea, but it can make a difference. Since heat rises, sleeping lower to the floor can actually help you keep cool.

  5. Reset your ceiling fans.

    If you have ceiling fans in your apartment, make sure they rotate counter-clockwise in the summer. It will move cool air downward and result in what’s known as the wind chill effect.

  6. Use your built-in fans.

    Turn on your bathroom exhaust fan after a hot shower and your kitchen exhaust fan after you cook. These fans work to pull hot air out of your apartment, keeping the temperature down.

  7. Swap out your light bulbs.

    Close to 90% of the energy used by incandescent bulbs is actually emitted in the form of heat! Switch to CFL or LED bulbs for a cooler apartment AND lower electric bills.

  8. Add plants.

    Placing tall plants such as bamboo or snake plants near light-facing windows will help shield your apartment from the sun’s strong rays and reduce the amount of heat coming in.

  9. Upgrade your window treatments.

    One last tip for how to cool down your apartment: Invest in blackout curtains or shades for the ultimate sun blockage. Consumer Reports tells us that medium- or neutral-colored curtains with white plastic backing can reduce heat gain by up to 33%.

Contact Southern Management and Cool Down Your Apartment Search

Apartment hunting can cause your temperature to rise, but Southern Management can help you keep your cool! From apartments with air conditioning, ceiling fans, and window coverings, to communities featuring swimming pools, we know how to cool down your apartment (and keep you comfortable)!

Take the heat out of your summer apartment search by browsing our 75+ apartment communities online and check out each community’s unique amenities. If one of our communities catches your eye, contact our team for a phone consultation. We’d be happy to discuss our online application process.