Our 5 Best Tips For Staying Cool This Summer
When the mercury rises, the best way to stay cool is usually to head indoors. However, without the proper preparation or a little know-how, you can find your home is just as hot and sticky as it is outside. So, what simple steps can you take to keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long? Here’s our quick guide.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for peak use
Before we get into the clever home cooling hacks that you’ve probably not heard before, it’s essential to tick off the fundamentals. If you want to keep your home cool this summer, then air conditioning maintenance is vital. It will ensure that your air conditioning is running smoothly and is ready to deliver the biggest possible cooling benefit to your home.
To make sure you’re air conditioning is ready for the summer, we recommend that you:
Replace or clean your filters - That will help to keep cool air flowing through your A/C unit.
Inspect your outdoor unit - Inspect the area around your A/C condenser to ensure that it’s free from debris and there aren’t any blockages. You should also check for leaks and make sure there’s plenty of refrigerant to keep the air cool. It’s also worth checking and cleaning your ductwork to improve your air quality.
Check that your thermostat is accurate - The last thing you need in the heat of summer is a thermostat that thinks it’s colder or hotter than it is. And even smart thermostats can be fooled. So, make sure any appliances or lamps that generate heat are not in the vicinity of your thermostat, as they could skew your temperature reading and make your A/C system work harder than it needs to.
Create an ice-cool breeze
Even with your air conditioning and ceiling fans on at full pelt, nothing can create an ice-cool breeze like this simple tip. Simply fill a mixing bowl with ice and place it at an angle in front of an electric room fan. That way, the air that’s being blown around the room by the fan will whip up off the ice to create a nicely chilled breeze. Perfect for the hottest days of summer.
Switch off your appliances and use them sparingly
Turning off heat-generating appliances is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your home cool. For example, hanging up your laundry outside rather than using your dryer is a simple way to reduce the heat you generate in your home. This will also help you to reduce your energy costs, given that electric clothes dryers are typically the second biggest electricity guzzlers, after the refrigerator, in your home.
Taking your cooking outside whenever possible and using the barbecue grill is another sure way to keep the temperature down indoors. Alternatively, using a microwave is a great way to cook quickly indoors without generating any heat.
Keeping the lights turned off or switching to low-energy light bulbs can also help to reduce overheating. Only around 5 percent of the electricity sent to a conventional incandescent lightbulb is used to generate light. The rest is turned into heat. By switching to more efficient alternatives, you’ll help to keep the temperature down.
A few tricks with your bed sheets
Believe it or not, there are several ways that the humble bed sheet can help you beat the heat in your home. Rather than enduring a hot and sleepless night, put your bed sheet in a plastic bag and pop it in the freezer (yes, the freezer!) for just a few minutes before you go to bed. That will give you 10-15 minutes of respite from the heat, which is hopefully enough time for you to get off to sleep.
In the summer, light-colored cotton sheets are the coolest to sleep in. Some people opt for silk and satin sheets, but sheets made of natural fibers such as cotton and linen are the most breathable.
Your bedsheets can also be used to keep the rest of the house cool. Wetting a bed sheet and hanging it in front of a window is a surprisingly effective way to keep the temperature down in that room.
Keep cool from the inside out
Sometimes it’s not the temperature of your home that’s the problem. People do not do enough to keep their bodies cool on hot and humid days in many cases. Drinking plenty of ice-cold drinks and placing cold cloths on strong-pulsed areas such as your neck and wrists can help you keep your body temperature down. If you’re struggling to sleep, then keep a bowl of cool water by your bed and dip your feet into it whenever you’re feeling too hot.
Still, struggling to keep your home cool this summer? Then here are some more tips that you can try.