Summer heat can have you running to the thermostat to crank the AC. But before you skyrocket your electric bill, check out these super easy ways to keep your home cool – and your wallet happy.
Mind Your Binds & Curtains
Keeping binds and curtains closed during the heat of the day can make a HUGE difference. As much as 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows, so keeping binds and curtains down can save you big on your electric bill. For some of the warmest rooms, try blackout curtains to keep nearly all light out when the temps shoot up.
Close Off Unused Rooms
Guest bedroom not being used right now? Keep the door closed on unused rooms to prevent cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day. During the cooler night hours, let air flow naturally through your home.
Check Your Fans
Did you know ceiling fans need to be adjusted seasonally? In the summer, make sure your fans are set to run counter-clockwise and at a higher speed so the airflow will create a wind-chill breeze effect. Another tip for crazy-hot temps? Fill a bowl with ice and position it at an angle in front of a large box fan to push out an icy-cool breeze.
Cool Down Your Bedding
Still using thicker blankets at night in the summer? Keeping your bed (and your body) cool at night will help prevent you from cranking the AC in the evening. Try light-weight, breathable cotton sheets and swap your down comforter for a lightweight quilt to keep cool and happy and bedtime. Need more hacks? Try a cooling pillow or blanket, put a frozen water bottle at the foot of your bed, or even pop your sheets in the freezer before hitting the hay.
Keep Yourself Cool
When it gets super hot, it can be easy to only monitor the temperature of the house. Instead, focus on the temperature of your body. Keep iced drinks nearby, apply cold cloths to pressure points (like your neck and wrists), and be smart about your clothing choices – even when you’re inside the house. You might even try an ice bath or a cold shower to keep cool!
As much as possible, keep cooking on the stove or in the oven to a minimum on super hot days – it will make your house even hotter! Indoors, opt for the microwave or a microwave oven to minimize the hottest appliances. Best case scenario: Take it outdoors! Fire up that grill and keep the heat outside.
In off-seasons, consider some home improvements to help your house better adjust to the seasons. While a big investment, updated windows can make a world of difference against nature’s elements. You can also add items like awnings or additional trees around light-facing windows to help give your house a break from heavy sun.