16 Aug '11, 1pm

More Architectural Tricks To Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

In the morning, gable windows on the top floor and basement windows can be opened. This creates a stack effect which exhausts hot air through the top floors and brings up cooled air from the basement. Closing the main floor shutters during the day keeps the main floors cool. The shutters are then opened in the evening to let in the cool night air. In winter, opening the shutters during the day can let the low, warm sunlight into the house. At night, closing the shutters helps keep the warm air inside where it belongs.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/more-architectura...

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