With summer just around the corner, we’re all looking for ways to stay cool and refreshed in the heat. In many parts of the country, it can feel impossible to escape the unrelenting heat at times, so here are some timely tips. Not only will these tips help you stay cool, but they might even save you a few dollars in the process.
Close the curtains and blinds
In the cooler months, we love opening up the blinds to let as much sunshine as possible into our homes. In summer though, it’s a different story. During the hottest parts of the day, we actually want to keep that harsh sunlight out of our homes to maintain a cool and comfortable temperature inside. One of the best ways to do that is to close the curtains and blinds, especially when you’re not at home.
Shut off unused parts of the home
Do you have rooms that rarely or never get used? Think of places like spare bedrooms and other parts of the house you use sparingly. Naturally, at some point during summer you’re going to need your air conditioner running, so be smart about how you use it. BY closing off unused parts of the house, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. Keep cool and save on power bills at the same time!
Upgrade your insulation
Spring is a great time to think about the insulation in your home. If you don’t already have ceiling insulation in place, the time to act is now. It’s relatively easy to install roof insulation, because most homes have pretty easy access to the roof cavity. So much heat can enter through the ceiling because your roof has the hot sun on it all day, so upgrade your insulation today and keep some of that heat away.
Let fresh air inside when it cools down
In the evening when it starts cooling down, that’s the perfect time to open your windows and let some fresh air into the home. Not only does this refresh your house if it’s been closed up all day, but also cools your home quickly. By opening windows in most rooms, you can avoid blasting the air conditioner to cool the whole house down.
Restrict oven use
One way to keep your home cool in summer is by avoiding the oven. While most of the heat remains inside the oven, every time you open the door it releases a blast of heat into the room. In a large home it may not be noticeable but it certainly is in a smaller one. If you have to use the oven, try cooking bulk meals instead of using it every night.
Make use of outdoor areas
Finally, if you’ve got a nice outdoor area, why not make use of it? Summer is the perfect time to move your activities outdoors. Whether you want to relax and read a book, or even if you work from home. You can do most things outside if the weather is nice enough. Also, if there’s a nice breeze along with the summer heat, there’s almost nothing better!
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