Summer means a lot of things. Days spent at the pool, lemonade stands, and slathering on sunscreen. Essentially, we’re all just trying to do what we can to stay cool. In some states, summer isn’t too intensely hot, whereas in others, summer is better spent indoors to avoid melting into a puddle of sweat. If you’re in the camp of people who feel like they’re dying of heat, here are a few tips to keep your house cool this summer!
Make sure your house is properly insulated
You could have the most efficient central air system in your house known to mankind, and your house still wouldn’t be cool enough if your home isn’t properly insulated. A lot of people think that insulation only serves a purpose when it’s cold outside, which just isn’t true. Insulation not only keeps the cold outside during winter, but it also keeps the cool air inside during the summer. In most cases, if you spend a lot of money on your utility bills during the hottest and coldest months of the year, you could save a lot of money by updating your insulation. Start with your windows and doors, since that’s usually the biggest culprit. Another important place to look is in your garage, especially if you have a lot of traffic going through there regularly.
Change the rotation of your ceiling fans
Did you know that your ceiling fans are supposed to be adjusted with the seasons? We sure didn’t. During the summer, you should switch the rotation of your fans to be counter-clockwise. This allows the airflow from the fan to create a cooling breeze, rather than what the motion of a clockwise ceiling fan would.
Use the grill, instead of the oven
The kitchen can very quickly become one of the hottest rooms in the house come dinner time. Turning on the oven or stove will fill your kitchen up with heat, which doesn’t help when it’s already so hot outside. Whenever possible, head outside and fire up the grill instead of using your oven! The heat from your grill outside won’t do anything to affect the temperature inside your house, which is exactly what you want!
Get your windows tinted
Have you ever noticed that the room in your home with the most windows gets the hottest, fastest? That’s because of the warmth from the sun streaming through those windows. Although have blinds or other window covers is a great partial solution to combat this heat, it’s not the most effective option. Getting your windows tinted is a great way to promote energy efficiency within your home. You’ll still get plenty of light, but you’ll skip out on the blazing heat, and watch your energy bill get smaller every month. Window tinting isn’t just for cars!
Change your sheets
Sleeping in a hot room is one of the most uncomfortable ways to sleep, we know. If you’re sleeping with winter sheets(made of something like flannel) or with heavy blankets, we suggest you swap them out with something lightweight for summer. Cotton is a safe bet until it starts to cool down.
Set up a fan and some ice
If you’re having a particularly hot and sweaty day, or maybe your AC broke down, here’s a little hack to really cool things down. Set up a fan, and place a bowl full of ice(or an ice pack) at an angle in front of it. The fan will pick up the cold temperature from the bowl of ice and carry it off into the room with the airflow.
Shut off the rooms you’re not using
This tip is pretty simple! When you aren’t using a room, shut the door. No point in trying to maintain the temperature of a room you aren’t using. Before you shut that door, shut the windows and blinds, to keep the room dark and avoid excess heat building up. Once the air starts to cool off at night, make sure to open all of these doors to promote a natural air flow between the rooms within your home.