Most of us think that escaping the searing heat in summer comes at a cost – this is not always the case. There are plenty of ways to buffer your home from heat without using an air conditioning unit. Here are brilliant ways to keep your home cool and comfortable when summer is in full swing.
Start with the windows
When the sun comes through the windows, the house will get warm. Even if you use an air conditioning system, cleaning the curtains and blinds can make a big difference. However, if you don’t have curtains or interior shutters, the thermal shades can make a big difference.
Dust the fans
Moving air will keep the house cool, so you should take care of the fans. Whether you’re using floor or tabletop fans, they can accumulate dust. If you have a microfiber dusting tool, the cleaning process can be pretty easy. You can also leave the job to a professional like Dashing Maids. Don’t forget to set the ceiling fans counterclockwise to push the air straight down.
Get rid of excess clutter
During the sweltering summer heat, you should get rid of the excess clutter to open up space. When the clutter is out of the way, you’ll spend less time cleaning the room.
Store the extra blankets and comforters
If you have seasonal bedding that you switch between winter and summer, this is the time to store them. More specifically, you should keep the bedding to a minimum to ensure a comfortable night. While fleece blankets provide good insulation, you can go for cotton as it helps you stay cooler for longer. It won’t hold your body heat when packed with a pillowcase.
Hang wet laundry outside
When you hang wet clothes in your house, the humidity level rises to create a good environment for mold and mildew buildup. From a health perspective, drying clothes in your house increases the risk of asthma and other respiratory problems.
Use your home appliances wisely
The common home appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, vacuums, and home dryers emit heat when running. To ensure your home remains cool, you may want to use them when the outside environment is a bit cool – morning and evening. This tactic will help you save money in the long-run as the power costs tend to be lower during such hours. And because using a stove or oven in summer will make the house warmer, you can switch to grilling.
Clean and replace your air conditioning filters
Air conditioning filters can trap dust, pollen, or pet dander, so you should ensure your room remains cool and safe. With time, these filters can buildup disease-causing allergens and harmful particles into the air. If you don’t clean your AC unit, it will be forced to work harder which increases the energy costs. How often you clean or replace the unit will depend on the type of filter you use. As a general practice, you should replace the filters before the summer season kicks in. If you use incandescent bulbs in your lighting, you may want to switch to CFLs. That way, your house will feel more comfortable.
If you do any of the above tips, you can be sure your house will feel cooler this summer.
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