Summer is finally here and in full swing. As the heat intensifies, it’s important to find ways to stay cool in your home. It may be tempting to crank up the air conditioning, but this can result in higher utility bills or having to spend money on a new air conditioner. Fortunately, there are strategies to keep cool without spending extra money.
Here are effective tips for staying cool this summer without blowing your budget:
Strategically open the windows in your home to create cross-ventilation. By opening windows on opposite sides of your home, you will have great airflow and create a refreshing breeze throughout your home. Make sure to install window screens to keep insects at bay while letting fresh air in.
Curtains, blinds, and shades are a great way to control the amount of sunlight entering your home. Keep your window coverings closed during the day to block out the sun’s heat and direct sunlight. Once the temperature drops or the sun sets, open the window coverings to allow cool air to flow into your space.
Whether ceiling fans, portable fans, or box fans, you can keep cool without breaking the bank. Place fans near windows to draw in cool air or to create a cross-breeze effect. Take your fan to the next level by placing a bowl of ice in front of it to create a makeshift air conditioner that circulates throughout your room.
Replace incandescent light bulbs, which can emit heat, with energy-efficient LED bulbs. This produces less heat and consumes less electricity, which keeps your home cooler and reduces energy costs.
Limit Heat-Generating Activities
If you want to stay cool, minimize the use of ovens, stoves, and dryers in your home. Use these appliances in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Countertop appliances like toaster ovens, air fryers, and slow cookers generate less heat.
Create a Cool Sleeping Environment
Optimize your bedroom for a restful sleep on a summer night. Use lightweight sheets made out of cotton or bamboo. Wear light, moisture-wicking sleepwear to bed, and place a bowl of ice or a frozen water bottle in front of a fan to create a cool breeze.
Staying hydrated is one of the key things you should do to stay cool in the summer. Drink water throughout the day to regulate your body temperature and prevent overheating. Add a slice of lemon or another citrus fruit and mint to add a refreshing twist to your water.
DIY cooling devices are great for providing relief during the hottest days. Fill a spray bottle with water and mist yourself throughout the day for a cooling sensation. You can also wet a bandana or a small towel with cold water and ice and place it on your neck or forehead to cool down quickly.
Create a Cool Area in Your Home
Create a specific area in your home that will instantly bring cooling relief on a hot summer’s day. Set up your space with comfortable seating and a fan with a bowl of ice in front of it. Complete the vibe with chilled beverages and light snacks. This space can cool you down without having to cool your entire home.
There are habits you can practice to keep cool during the summer. Avoid using irons, hairdryers, and heat-generating appliances during peak heat hours. Take lukewarm showers instead of hot showers to lower your body temperature. Wear light, flowing, and breathable clothing to prevent overheating.
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by Arielle Clay | January 19, 2023
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