Tips to Keep Your House Cool this Summer
I’m always excited when summer is just around the corner. The temperature starts to heat up, allowing for more outdoor activities with family and friends. But with rising temperatures comes rising air conditioning and electric bills. Luckily, here are some simple tips on how to keep your house cool.
1. Close doors and windows
During the day, keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible. Every time a door or window opens, you allow unwanted heat and humidity into your house. This causes your air conditioner to work harder and keep the temperature of your house down. At night, turn on fans to help ventilate the house. Make sure they are rotating in the correct direction so the cool air can be pushed up, and warm air pushed down.
2. Use appliances at night
Try and run heat-generating activities in the late afternoon when the sun is down, and the temperatures have cooled. This includes running the dishwasher, or the washer and dryer.
3. Use ceiling fans
Use ceiling fans to help ventilate your house. Using a ceiling fan is a great way to keep your house cool.
4. Use window fans
Window fans can work great if installed and used properly. During cooler days or at night, window fans can provide ventilation. Place window fans on the downwind side of your home, facing out. Keep windows open in each room to help with the airflow.
5. Replace old air conditioners
Is your central air conditioner old? Replace the outdoor compressor with a more efficient, modern unit.
6. Plant Trees
Consider planting trees in places that could provide shade to your home. This is especially helpful when trees can shade doors and windows. This great way to keep your house cool.
7. Close vents
Vents in unused rooms are often left open, and therefore the air conditioner still ventilates air into that room. If you close the vents, you can redirect that air to be in rooms that are actually used.
8. Open windows
If the area where you live isn’t too hot and humid, open the windows to let the air in the house ventilate. Sometimes it can seem cooler outside than inside, so take a break every now and then and go outside. Coming back in you’ll feel a burst of cool air that will refresh you. It is also very beneficial to keep your windows open when the sun is going down and the day is starting to cool off.
9. Wear the appropriate clothing
If you want to keep cool in your home you can’t wear fur coats. Wear thin, workout clothes, and avoid the color black. Darker colors absorb light and heat, and will therefore keep you warmer than you want to be in the summer.
10. Use ice
In the summer, ice is your new best friend. Eat popsicles, drink smoothies, and just simply put an ice pack on your forehead. All of these things will help keep your body temperature down, and you won’t have to touch your thermostat.
After reading these tips, we hope that you can keep your house cool in the summer and save money. Thanks for reading.