The Nuts and Bolts: It's All About Staying Cool

DIY Options for Fighting the Heat

Want to think outside the box when it comes to home cooling? Here at we recently featured some how-to guides on creative alternatives to typical air conditioning. Up first was a DIY Air Conditioning Fan that basically takes a floor fan and converts it into a cooling unit via a container full of ice chilled water, a pump, and coil attached to the front of the fan. Get the full project steps, here.

Another cool (pun intended) idea is to install patio misters. It’s a simple little device that puts out a refreshing spray of mist – perfect for a hot summer day. Learn how to install your own, here.

They Call Them the Lazy Days of Summer for a Reason

Not up for a hands-on project this time of year? We get it. Luckily there are some new products out there that can quickly change the temperature inside without requiring any major installation.

Applause® honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas is a great option that will add some add modern elegance while reducing unwanted solar heat through windows by 67%. The shades also utilize a new fabric developed by Hunter Douglas called Venue™, which features MicroShield™. This is an antimicrobial fabric protection that resists the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause odors.

Looking for something a little more aggressive? Here is an option you may not have known even exists: a portable air conditioner. De’Longhi (leader in home comfort appliances) is the force behind saving your window from having to share its space with big, bulky, ugly AC units. With their portable air conditioner, you still have your window. The vent only takes up a part of the window, and if needed, you can quickly remove it in seconds if you want to open it up for some fresh air. With a window unit, once it’s in, that’s it (until you remove it). They also point out some other useful considerations when deciding between a window unit or portable AC: 1) security (burglars instantly know they have an open window opportunity when they see that giant box – with a pack you can just remove the vent and lock the window); 2) safety (window units are HEAVY and installing them can be dangerous as you sometimes have to lift overhead - they can fall out and injure those below); 3) noise (PACS are super quiet –50% less noisy).

Energy Efficiency Awareness

When considering which path to go down when looking to cool down your home this summer don’t forget about the energy used to do it. According to, heating and cooling accounts for more than half the energy use in a typical US home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. Check out for tips and advice on ways you can reduce your cooling cost, including an infographic on “Everything You Need to Know About Home Cooling.”