Let’s cut to the chase. Over the past few weeks it has been getting hotter and hotter and it’s only going to get warmer over the next couple of months. I know that I for one am always dreaming of a cool home without having to purchase an air conditioner. It is very tempting to plant yourself within a couple-foot radius of the nearest fan or crank up the AC, but you could get the same effect for much less! We have the secret! Read on to find out how you can live in breezy heaven.
Keep your blinds closed
It sounds too simple to be true, but closing your blinds prevents your home from becoming a miniature greenhouse. This especially is the case for south and west facing windows. You’ll miss out on the sun, but you’ll be nice and cool.
Be smart about your doors
All your unused rooms are taking all the coolness away from where you really need it. The thought of loosing coolness whilst you’re overheating in the other room can be quite annoying, so make sure that all the doors are closed and it will prevent the cool air from permeating into these areas during the hottest part of the day.
Switch your bulbs
The EU has already said that they’re looking to stop incandescent lights and switch to CFLs and this is another reason why it’s a good idea. Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy in the heat they emit, so throwing them out could lower your energy bill as well as cool your home.
Have you changed your bedding?
Not only does switching up your sheets freshen up your room, it is a great way to keep your bedroom cool. You may be stocked up with fleece blankets from the Winter but they need to go. Look for duvet covers made with cotton as they breathe more easily and stay cooler. Another fantastic invention is a Chillow Pillow – just simply add water to it and it creates a cold ‘ice pack’ that you can pop under your pillow case.
Is your fan going the right way?
Whether you know it or not, your ceiling fan needs to be adjusted seasonally. Set your ceiling fan to rotate counter-clockwise at a higher speed in the summer. The airflow produced will create a chilly breeze effect.
During the summer months, temperatures tend to drop during the night, so it is always best to make the most of these refreshing hours. Open your windows before you go to bed, but be sure to close the windows (and the blinds) before things get too hot in the morning.
Worry about you, not the house
Ever wondered how your ancestors survived before air conditioning? A few little tricks can help you in the heat! Sipping on a tasty iced drink and applying a cold cloth to your neck and wrists will simply tone down your body heat. Other tricks include being smart about your clothing choices and no cuddling to sleep until the leaves start changing colour.
Get out the BBQ
I know it may sound obvious, but I’m going to say it anyway: Start grilling. Using your oven or stove in the summer will only make your house hotter. The last thing you want to do is turn your home into a hot oven! Besides, who doesn’t want a BBQ and to make the most of their outdoor furniture?
And of course, there are long-term improvements that can be made if you’re really, really committed to the whole no-AC thing. Vines on or in front of a light-facing window will shield your home from the sun’s rays and reduce the amount of heat your house will absorb. Another worthwhile investment is insulating your window films which will work in the same way as blinds.
Please let us know if you have any other great ways to keep your home cool this summer.