While the first day of summer is still a few weeks away, the warmer weather has already made itself known. Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean that your home has to be.
Here are five ways to keep your home comfortable during the toasty summer months (without having to buy an air conditioner!):
Round and round: Ceiling fans are an easy way to keep fresh air moving and they can add a touch of style to your home as well. By circulating cool air throughout the rooms, you won’t need to keep the thermostat set as low. Ceiling fans need to be adjusted seasonally to be the most effective, so set them to spin counter-clockwise during the summer months.
Dress up your windows: Energy-saving window films will help block the sun’s rays and in some cases, cut UV exposure and add a little privacy. It’s easy to install yourself, and can help cut your electricity bill in the process. Some states even recognize the window film as energy-efficient building materials!
Keep it closed: It’s so simple yet so effective – keep your windows covered during the day to block out unwanted heat from the daytime sun (especially south and west facing windows). Blinds or basic curtains will do the trick, or invest in heavier blackout curtains to deter the sun and heat. However, there is a good time to think about opening things up in our next tip…
Let the cool in: Open your doors and windows at night after the temperature has dropped and invite the cooler weather into your house. If you really want to make a difference, set box fans up to blow the refreshing outside air indoors. Don’t forget to close everything up in the morning before things begin to heat up again.
Go green: What’s the best way to stay cool if you’re outside? Find the nearest bit of shade, often under a tree. The same logic works with your home – planting trees near your home can provide shade to keep the temperature down indoors.
What are some of your favorite tricks for keeping your home cool? Let us know in the comments!