3 Windowless Cooling Solutions for Small Apartment Living

Last Updated on April 10, 2023 by Kravelv

Living in a small apartment poses unique challenges. One of the biggest issues you can face in a small apartment is having to cool your living space if you don’t have any windows.

While a windowless apartment might not seem like an ideal living situation, it can save you a lot of money. You might even have a guest room in your home that doesn’t have a window that you need to cool.

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We’ve got some great DIY hacks and workarounds that can let you keep your windowless space cool.

1. Windowless Air Conditioners

You actually have three strong options for getting an AC unit that doesn’t require a window. It might surprise you that there are AC units that don’t need a window, but they’re actually surprisingly effective for keeping cool in an apartment with no windows.

Your first option is a windowless AC unit. A windowless AC unit is either going to work using an alternative cooling method that doesn’t need an exhaust.

You can also look into installing a through the wall AC unit in your windowless apartment.

Through the wall AC units look and function exactly like in window AC units. However, they’re installed by making a permanent opening in your wall where AC unit can be housed.

Through-the-wall AC units might not be the right solution for every apartment. They need an external wall to function and may not be an option if you’re renting.

There are also ductless AC systems that do not require any windows. These are powered by a central condenser outside of your apartment complex.

Ductless AC systems provide powerful and effective cooling. They can get fairly expensive, but they are one of the best Solutions if you don’t have a window available.

2. Evaporative AC and Swamp Coolers

Now we’re going to talk about one of the most ancient solutions for cooling down during a hot month. Evaporative AC units, commonly known as swamp coolers, can effectively cool your windowless apartment.

Swamp coolers have been around since ancient Egypt, but today’s swamp coolers are a little bit more advanced than they were thousands of years ago.

The basic science behind a swamp cooler has stayed the same. All you need is a chamber, like a cooler, full of ice in a fan that will below the cool air off the top of the ice.

Swamp coolers are able to handle small spaces. It’s best to use a swamp cooler in a self-contained room like your bedroom. You’ve finally got some great motivation for you to finally get around to redecorating your bedroom for the summer.

The only drawback to swamp coolers is that they don’t work as well in extremely humid environments. If there’s a lot of moisture in the air, you might be better off with one of the other solutions on this list.

3. DIY Hacks for Staying Cool

You can also make improvements to your living space that will help keep things cool even in hot summer months.

Did you know that your ceiling fan actually has two settings? There’s a switch on the side of your fan that changes it from rotating clockwise and counterclockwise.

You want your ceiling fan to rotate counterclockwise in the summer. This will push cool air down to create a refreshing breeze.

You can also try adding some plants to your home. Not only do plants refresh the air in your apartment, but they can also help cool things down.

You can also cool down using fans, but you want to place them strategically. Try to angle the fans in such a way that creates a breeze that travels through your apartment which will help keep things cool.

Now’s the time to make the most of other spaces in your home. You can fix up your three-season patio to create a space to cool down and relax on warm summer nights.

The Takeaway

You have some interesting options for keeping things cool even in an apartment with no windows.

It might seem like cooling down in an apartment with no windows is an impossible task, but there are options for people who own their apartments as well as options for people who are renting.

Windowless AC units and ductless AC units are the most effective options, but they’re also going to cost the most and can even require some light remodeling. DIY hacks like plants and swamp coolers are definitely going to cool things down and they work on every budget and for renters.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to stay cool in your windowless apartment next summer.