Outside view of VIDA Building

Keeping Cool, Even With the AC Off

Vintage oscillating fan. Image credit: Yechan Park

May 2022


You may have heard that this summer is predicted to be an unusually hot one in Rochester. While all of VIDA’s apartments and townhomes have central air conditioning, it doesn’t have to be the only answer to keeping cool. Not using your AC or setting the temperature a few degrees higher than you normally would will help the environment and save you money. Here are seven tips for keeping your place cooler.

Close the Blinds

If you have windows that receive direct sunlight at any part of the day, you’ll benefit from keeping the blinds closed or curtains drawn for at least the sunniest part of the day. For rooms on lower floors, try turning your blinds upwards to prevent rays (and heat) from sneaking through.

Open Windows at Night

Take advantage of those breezy summer evenings. Open your windows at night to promote a cross-breeze that will help you and your family sleep better. The cooler air will circulate all night, allowing you to start fresh with a cool home in the morning.

Keep Interior Doors Open

Leave your interior doors open, particularly if you lack an open-concept living space. This simple step is critical to keeping your home cool. Open doors allows air to circulate freely, eliminating hot spots and regulating the temperature within your home.

Up the Thermostat One Degree

Increasing your thermostat by just 1o in warm weather can reduce the running cost of your air conditioning by about 10 per cent. And a one-degree difference shouldn’t even be noticeable.

Chill Out

Sip icy-cold drinks, apply a damp cloth to your neck and other pressure points on your body, or have a cold shower to cool your body without needing to switch the air-conditioner on.

Try a Fan (+ Ice)

A simple oscillating fan can get the air moving enough to cool you down. A cleverly-positioned bowl of ice is all you need to turn a fan into a cold mist machine. Place a shallow bowl or pan of ice in front of a fan for an icy-cool breeze that won’t break the bank.

Keep the Oven Off

Cook using your stovetop or microwave. Baking or roasting using the oven releases more heat into your apartment. Better yet, plan for salads, fruit, and other un-heated foods.