There’s no denying it.
The hot summer months come with baking heat and for many of us it also means high energy bills too.
It’s always tempting to want to crank up the air conditioning or cement yourself in front of a fan to cool down, but there are ways to cool down your home without resorting to these tactics.
Check out the tips and tricks we have for you below and you won’t have to fire up that AC unit or spend a small fortune on electricity anymore.
Block out the heat of the sun with your blinds
One of the most important things you can do to keep your home cool is to block out the incredibly hot rays of the summer sun from entering into your home in the first place. While this seems like almost too simple and too straightforward of a method to keep your home nice and cool, it really works.
Industry experts say that nearly 30% of all unwanted heat comes through your windows and by blocking them up with heavy shades or blinds will not only help you cut your temperatures by 20° or more inside it will also help you save upwards of 7% on your energy bills as well.
Exercise better control with your doors
By shutting doors – and making sure that they are as “airtight” as possible so as not to allow hot air to pass through cracks and crevices – you’re going to be able to really capitalize on preventing cool air from escaping or hot air from penetrating into your home at the exact same time.
Keep the doors to the south and west facing areas of your home closed during the day and you won’t have to worry about hot temperatures seeping throughout the rest of your home. Open everything up in the middle of the night and you’ll allow for better airflow when things have cooled down too.
Open up your windows at night but keep them closed during the day
During the summer temperatures are always going to drop lower at night, and you really want to take advantage of these lower nighttime temperatures to cool down your house. By blocking out hot air during the day and then allowing cold air to come in at night you are able to keep things nice and chilly without having to ever fire up your air conditioner.
Make sure your ceiling fans are rotating the right way
Did you know that ceiling fans are capable of rotating clockwise AND counterclockwise? If not, you’re not alone. Ceiling fans have a small switch on the side that allow you to control the direction that the blades spin.
You’ll want to make sure that you have your ceiling fans rotating in the right direction based off of the season.
In the summer months you’ll want to set your fans to counterclockwise at high speed so that the fans create a wind chill like breeze affect that will keep all of you cool while pushing hot air back down into the cool air so that everything circulates and is cooled down as long as the fans are running.
In the winter months, flip the switch to make the fan spin clockwise direction, which pulls hot air upward and helps spread it throughout the room.
Get more out of your fans rather than firing up the air-conditioner
Nothing beats sitting by the ocean on a hot summer day and taking in everything that cool Oceanside breezes have to offer, and even the best air conditioning units in the world aren’t capable of producing that same kind of affect the way that this simple and straightforward “fan hack” can.
Simply fill a mixing bowl with ice and position it at an angle in front of an oversized fan. As the air blows over the ice it will pick up moisture and the icy cold air, and push all of that throughout your room to cool you down dramatically.
Keep your body cool
Cooling your body down from the inside can dramatically affect the way you feel on the outside too.
Drink ice cold water, keep cold packs pressed to your neck or your wrists, and do anything else you can do to keep your body core temperature down and you won’t feel like the summer months are really wearing you out the way that they might have been otherwise.
Make sure your exhaust fans are running free and clear
Here’s a simple trick that goes unnoticed which can draw hot air out of your home.
The exhaust fans in your bathrooms and in your kitchen are going to be vented to the outside, and the airflow that they pull from your home will draw hot air out and into the exterior while allowing cold air to come up from the basement or lower levels to keep you comfortable all summer long.
Change your sheets
It’s always a good idea to match your sheets to the season, and we’re not just talking about style here but the actual textiles and fabrics that the sheets are made out of as well.
We know how tempting it is to just keep the same sheets on your bed all year round, but that can really affect your comfort when sleeping indoors.
Flannel sheets and fleece blankets are always going to help you stay warm in the winter, but when you are dealing with the hot summer months you’ll want to go to lightweight cotton fabrics to eliminate as much of that insulation as possible.
Get your hands on a buckwheat pillow or two and you’ll be able to get rid of a lot of extra heat trapped in your pillows during the summer as well.
Chillows really work
If you want to be sure that you’re not sweating every single night, be sure to get your hands on a Chillow or two. These amazing little pillows are capable of keeping you completely cool during hot summer nights, and will practically guarantee that you don’t ever feel like you are waking up soaking wet because of the warm summer temperatures.
Invest in a window air conditioner
When all else fails and you still can’t cool down enough inside your home, a top rated window air conditioner unit can do the trick. These inexpensive devices work amazingly well to cool down one room of your home at a time.
The most cost effective solution is to get a unit that’s properly size for the room, that way it doesn’t use too much or too little energy to cool it down. With it running on full blast for 8 hours per day, you can expect to pay about $20 per month to use it.