In case you couldn’t feel it already—summer is here! With 100-degree days becoming the new norm for much of the country, it’s easy to lose your cool trying to keep yourself and your home a refreshing, air-conditioned paradise away from the heat of the day.
Just because its summer doesn’t mean you’ll have to battle out the rising temperatures every day. In fact, there are a few ways you can outsmart the heat so that your home is cool and your air conditioner is running efficiently in the process.
1. Blinds and Blackout Curtains
Even though bright sunny days will have you wanting to have all the blinds open, it may be one of the reasons why your home is having a hard time keeping cool. Keep blinds shut during the hottest parts of the day or during times when the sun is shining directly into your windows.
You can also install blackout or thermal curtains. These curtains will provide an extra shield against the sun's rays. In fact, these curtains are shown to block heat transferred by windows by up to 24%!
2. Change Your Bedding
Swap your bedding to lightweight fabrics like cotton or linen-blends during the summer months. These fabrics breathe easier than flannel or down so you don’t have to lower the A/C so much at night. You may even sleep better with lighter bedding, allowing you to stay cool and ease into a deep slumber without overheating!
3. Seal off Doors and Windows
This seems obvious, but unseen small cracks in doors and windows can act as a vacuum and rob your home of cool air without you even knowing it! Before the temperatures get too high, spend time looking at each window and door in your home to be sure that weather stripping is properly installed and windows are closing properly.
4. Switch to Grilling
When you use a hot stove and oven during dinner time it can raise temperatures inside your home, causing your air conditioning unit to have to work harder. To avoid this, get grilling outside! Grilling dinner outside will not only be beneficial to your air conditioning unit, but it cuts electricity costs, and creates a fun dinner time routine for the family! You can also prepare meals in a crock pot or slow cooker. Not only will this save you from having to use your oven, but it can be a huge time saver—put dinner in the slow cooker before you leave for work in the morning and come home to a fully cooked meal and a cool home!
5. Change Your Air Filters
If you haven’t already, set a 30 day reminder to check and change your air filters. Even if you have a more durable filter, you should still have a reminder to check in and be sure everything is running efficiently. Dirty filters can cause many issues, including higher energy bills—which is exactly what you should be trying to avoid this summer!
6. Keep Yourself Cool
Can you think back to a time when air conditioning didn’t exist? We’re not saying you should go A/C free all summer, but there was a simpler time when people stayed cool year after year without the air conditioning. But, if things get really tough (or if your unit goes out) you can use simple techniques like a cold cloth on your neck, sipping ice cold water, or even keeping a bowl of ice water in front of a fan! Also, stick with lightweight fabrics around the house like thin cottons and linens that breathe easy.
While we might not be able to help you avoid the summer heat wave all together, coming home should be your oasis on a hot summer day! Do you have other tips and tricks on how to stay cool while keeping your energy costs low? Let us know in the comments below!