Air conditioning hurts health and the environment: it is the result of a recent study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We must change our habits. Here are 5 tricks to do less of the conditioner, and cool the rooms in a natural way

The summer heat often leads us to stay indoors by turning on the air conditioning in search of refreshment. The negative consequences are many. Air conditioning is bad for our health because by using it we are subjected to temperature changes.
But the conditioner is doubly harmful. A recent study, conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reveals the negative impact due to the climate control of buildings.

Air Conditioning risks

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According to the research, in the United States the use of air conditioning causes 1,000 more deaths each year. This is mainly due to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution due to air conditioners.

Through computer models, the study has measured both air pollution and the health impacts of a warmer climate, revealing that:

  • the use of air conditioning increases concentrations of fine particulate matter and ozone in the air;
  • climate change alone increases premature summer mortality due to air pollution;
  • the increase in air conditioning is responsible for the further increase in the number of deaths.

In summary, using the conditioners the greenhouse effect grows, the air is more polluted due to harmful emissions, and we have negative effects on our health.

5 Ways to Cool Yourself Without Air Conditioning


Air conditioning damages our health and the planet. But how to do without it? Here are 5 simple alternative solutions to cool the house without conditioner:

1. Minimize heat sources

LED or low consumption bulbs help reduce heat sources
LED or low consumption bulbs help reduce heat sources, ph. via pxhere

Especially in summer, it is best to turn off all stoves. Even the computer or the lights, along with other appliances, help to heat the house. And if you use incandescent bulbs, remember to replace them with energy-saving or LED ones.

2. Install ceiling fans

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Once the fans are activated, the hot air will be pushed upwards. Consequently, the fresh air will be free to circulate through the rooms.

3. Push the cold air to the upper floors

On the lower floors, the air is always cooler. If you have a cellar, install an independent ventilation system. Through a duct, you can allow fresh air to move from the lower floors to the upper floors. Warm air will instead be forced out of the house by a drain pipe.

4. Close the windows during the day and open them at night

Close the windows during the day and open them at night
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In this way, hot air cannot enter during the day. At night instead, opening the windows helps us to create refreshing drafts in the house.

5. Plant trees around the houses

Plant trees around the houses
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For those who have the chance, the advice is to plant trees and climbing plants near the house. In this way, in addition to guaranteeing a healthier and cleaner air, you can also take advantage of their shadow. Even climbing plants, such as ivy, allow to drastically reduce the heating of the house. But do not worry, in fact, in winter, the effect is the affixed one.

These are 5 simple attentions to make your home fresher. Do you know others? Write them commenting on the article!

Cover Image: foto di Rafael De Nadai, via Unsplash

Author: Silvia Ombellini

I am an architect with a passion for travel. I think it is urgent to be able to live in harmony with the ecosystem we are part of. After the birth of my second baby, Leo, I began to work at Ecobnb, an adventure undertaken to change the way we travel, to make it more sustainable, respectful of the environment, places and people.
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