When Summer comes rolling around it means two things – your kids are done with school, and the weather is much warmer. In addition, the days are longer and when we overheat we have much less patience with our surroundings and family members. Therefore, to help keep stress levels at a minimum, follow these tips to keep your home cool inside this Summer.
6 Tips to Keep Your House Cool
Open the Windows At Night
At night the temperatures drop, and you can take advantage of this by opening up some windows. Keep your house cool by allowing the breeze to flow in through the windows, or install a fan inside the window the bring the air with more force. Be sure to close these windows in the morning, as you don’t want the hot air to come in throughout the day. By opening windows, you can save money on your AC costs when you shut it off for the night.
Regularly Maintain the HVAC
Your air conditioning units are the best way to keep your house cool in the summer. Whether you have units in your windows or a central air system throughout the house, you will want to be sure they are working properly before the hot weather arrives. Check up on your window units and make sure they are not only working but that the filters are clear.
For your central air unit, it may be a good idea to bring in an expert AC and heating repair company to perform some annual maintenance. They can check to make sure everything is running as well as it can, and prevent any major problems from occurring. If you have not had this done in a while, now may be a good time to give them a call.
Use Insulated Curtains
Sunlight can make a room much warmer, so you will want to block it out as best as you can. Close the blinds or pull the curtains during the day to prevent the sun from getting in and be sure to use insulated curtains for maximum effect. This will make the room darker, so not great for the house plants, but it will help keep it cooler.
Rethink Your Color Scheme
The color white reflects heat while black absorbs it, so keep this in mind when you redecorate. For example, all-white kitchen cabinets reflect the heat, just like a white car reflects heat which keeps it cooler inside the car. So, perhaps light-toned wood cabinets are in order to reflect heat and absorb the least amount.
We suggest that you look for the best wood cabinet makers in your area if you’re interested in a bit of kitchen remodeling. Then, talk to your prospective contractor about different ways to retain as much cool air as possible in your home with different color schemes.
Plug in the Fans
Fans circulate the air in a room and provide you with a nice breeze. If you want to cool down a little bit in a certain room, you can plug in a fan anywhere for relief from the heat. For a more permanent solution, you can install a ceiling fan in some rooms. Be sure the fan rotates in the right direction (counterclockwise for the summer) to ensure you are getting the best use of your fan.
Turn Off The Lights
Lastly, having the lights on generates heat from the bulbs. While in the cooler weather, you probably don’t notice the heat coming off your lamps, in the heat of the summer, it makes a difference. If you still need some light, consider lower wattage bulbs or install a dimmer switch so that you can lower them a little bit, while still being able to see.
Enjoy Your Cooler Home!
Make your summers easier by keeping the house nice and cool for you and your family. Not only will you enjoy it more, but your children and guests will be happier. It doesn’t take much, and if you follow the tips outlined above, you should notice a significant difference in your home this season.
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