When the heat rises, it can be tempting to blast the air conditioning to create a nice igloo out of your home. However, that uses a lot of energy and you’ll end up with bills rising faster than the temperature outside. Before you go cranking up the AC, try these tips to keep your home cool this summer.
7 Tips To Keep Cool That Don’t Involve A/C
1. Ventilate at the right time
Keep your home closed up tight during the day, and only ventilate at night. However, only open those windows if it is cooler outside than it is inside, obviously.
2. All About Blinds
- Use light colored blinds- since dark colors absorb the sun’s heat and light colors reflect it, choose light blinds.
- Keep blinds and curtains closed- you’ll be amazed as to what a difference this makes. Closing your blinds and curtains during the day will protect against that unwanted heat coming from your windows.
- Tilt blinds up towards the sky- doing this directs lights light and heat up to the ceiling, instead of the heat shining down into your room.
3. Mind your appliances
Appliances such as ovens and washer/dryer machines put off heat. Now, we aren’t advocating that you skip laundry and cooking altogether! Just avoid using these appliances during the warmest part of the day. Instead, dry your clothes on a line or grill outside.
4. Use exhaust fans
If you are cooking inside, use your exhaust fans in your kitchen. Also turn on your bathroom fans while taking a shower, as a hot steamy shower can quickly warm up that area of your home.
5. Keep your inside doors open
You want air to flow from room to room during these summer months. For a cooler home, you need good airflow. Closing off rooms prevents cool air from circulating.
6. Check your ceiling fans
During the summer, your ceiling fans should be spinning counterclockwise to create a breeze. Once fall hits, set them to clockwise again.
7. Make the Investment
Don’t underestimate what larger upgrades can do, such as purchasing energy efficient windows, or windows with Low-E coating.
- Energy efficient windows reduce the transfer of heat, energy efficient products like ours not only help avoid the heat but reduce heating and cooling with bills as well, how cool is that?
- Low-e coating windows is a coating that blocks infra-red energy from passing through the glass, keeping the heat out.