The Wet Curtain Technique

A wet curtain can work wonders in cooling air as it blows into your home!


  • A curtain or large cloth
  • Water
  • Optional: A few drops of essential oil for fragrance


  1. Dampen the curtain or cloth with water. Add a few drops of essential oil if you'd like.
  2. Hang the wet curtain in front of an open window.

Why It Works: As the wind blows through the wet fabric, the water will evaporate, cooling the air that comes into the room. It's an old-school method that's surprisingly effective.

These are simple, low-cost strategies that renters can use to beat the heat without making any permanent changes to their homes.

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