alternative ways to cool house in new england humid summers

I live in new england where we get some pretty hot and humid days in the summer. I hate ac units so I am trying to find other ways to cool my 180 years old house. It's well insulated and has a full basement that is 5 feet under ground level so it's usually pretty cool. A the temperature rises, the first floor is usually warmer and the second floor gets plain hot Has any one tinkered with fans and ducts to move that cool air up from the basement to the upper floors. Thanks

nlfast8 years ago
cool air always heavy than hot air,so ducts cool air from basement to second floor without enery power will be impossible,but the question is if u can use other enery power,then u no need to dusts cool air.isn't it right?