The summer is here and that means a number of enjoyable and fun experiences to look forward to. It also means, unfortunately, that the heat is here to stay as well. Sometimes it feels impossible to escape that grueling summer heat, even within the confines of your own home.
Do you know how to cool down your house so you can stay comfortable throughout the summer months? Many homeowners don’t and they suffer as a result.
If you’re looking to cool down rooms in your home. there are a few simple steps you can take. While these steps are easy and inexpensive, they can make all the difference. Read on and we’ll walk you through what you need to know.
Switch Out Your Bed Sheets
One of the places in the home that people most often complain about is the heat in the bedroom. It’s easy to feel stuffy and uncomfortable when you’re trying to head to bed, especially if you’re someone who likes to snuggle up under some sheets to get comfortable.
What can you do to help create a better sleeping environment during the cruel summer heat?
Switch out your bedsheets to something more breathable. If you’re looking for the most comfortable outcome, you should consider investing in some cotton sheets. Cotton is the best material when it comes to heat-regulations.
It also absorbs moisture fast which can help you avoid sweating it out overnight.
On top of all of that, cotton is quite comfortable and you should have an easy time falling asleep in the soft caress of this kind of material. If you have a lot of money to throw around, silk linens are another option and boast many of the same properties. However, silk sheets tend to be far more expensive than cotton.
If you’re still suffering, even with cotton or silk sheets, you can take things to the next level by sticking your sheets in the freezer. That might sound crazy, but it can work wonders for your comfort in bed.
Simply stick your sheets in a plastic bag, pop that bag in the freezer, and wait for five or ten minutes. Pop them out, bring them to bed with you, and enjoy their refreshing cool touch as you drift to sleep.
Using A Fan the Smart Way
If you’re smart, you likely have already taken the steps to prepare your AC system for the onslaught of summer weather. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have an AC system in their home.
There are other ways to cool down a home, however.
For one, it’s worth reminding yourself that oscillating fans just push air around and don’t actually cool a room. While you might find a way to make yourself more comfortable by sitting in front of one, it won’t actually impact the temperature of the room you’re sitting in.
One way you can make a fan more efficient is by giving it some cooler air to push around. A life hack many employ is putting a bowl of cool water (load it up with some ice cubes) directly behind a fan. The fan will pick up the cool temperature of the water and spread it throughout the room.
Controlling Windows and Sun
The temperature of your home is greatly impacted by how much sunlight you allow into space. It goes without saying that the sun is very warm, and the more sunlight that enters your home during the day, the hotter things will get.
While you may not want to say goodbye to your perfect views, you can rectify this by closing curtains tight around the windows during the daytime. The more you can block the sunlight out, the cooler your home will be as the day goes on.
There are other steps worth taking with your windows if you want to keep your home cool. Remember that hot air rises, which means the warmer rooms in your house will be on the top floor.
If you can open the windows upstairs, you can send hot air from your home up and out back into the real world. This isn’t recommended if you’re blasting AC, but if you don’t have a system in your home, this trick can work wonders.
Use Lights and Oven Sparingly
Even if you block the sun out with curtains, there are various items and equipment in your home that produce heat of their own. Avoiding using these too often can help to create less heat within your home and keep temperatures down.
The oven is a piece of equipment that can likely cause the most damage. Your oven can get very hot, as you know. When you open your oven after cooking, much of that heat escapes into your home.
You might not be able to avoid using your oven in the summer, but stepping away from it can be beneficial. Try cooking some BBQ outdoors if possible!
You might also want to avoid turning on all the lights in your home. While a standard lightbulb doesn’t produce that much heat, the combined thrust of many bulbs can raise the temperature in your home.
Now You Know How to Cool Down Your House in the Summer
Summer means a lot of fun in the outdoors: beaches, lakes, pools, and so on. However, it can also mean that the time you spend indoors is a lot more uncomfortable. The above tips can walk you through how to cool down your house in the summertime.
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