Wondering how to keep your house cool in the summer? These tips are easy and won't cost you a fortune.
There's so much to love about summer: fresh fruit; long, lazy days; and a poolside iced tea. It's also nice to have a way to escape the heat, and if you know how to keep your house cool in the summer, you don't have to go far to chill out.
Central air or a few window units are great if you have them. They also jack up the electric bill faster than you can fry an egg on an August sidewalk. Try these tested and proven tips to help you stay cool when the heat is on.
How to keep your house cool in the summer
Open your windows
If you can keep your windows open at night and closed in the morning, you may just feel as if you have the air conditioning on. A well-insulated house can stay cool for several hours even on the hottest mornings.
Once your home starts warming up, use your windows strategically to get the best airflow. Open upstairs windows wide and your downstairs windows about half way to take advantage of the draft that rising warm air creates.
If you have double-hung windows, open them from the top down on one side of your home and from the bottom up on the other to utilize the same airflow principle.
Use your ceiling fan
If you have ceiling fans, turn them on counterclockwise. The "wind chill" can make your home feel several degrees cooler.
Use window fans
Two good window fans will keep your house as cool as a cucumber. At one end of your home, place one fan blowing in. On the other end, set your fan to blow out. Now you have a nice breeze all day long!
Switch to cotton sheets
You don't want to lie in bed sweating all night. Store the flannel sheets until October and use cotton sheets. If you really want to go all out, mist your top sheet with cool water before you get into bed.
Move your plants
One common suggestion to help your home stay cool is to close your curtains during the day to keep out the radiant heat from the sunlight. This is a fabulous suggestion unless you actually enjoy the sunlight and don't want to feel like you live in a cave.
You can achieve a similar effect by placing large plants in front of your windows. The sunlight still comes in, but your plants will absorb some of the heat just like curtains would. You get the added bonus of passive air purification, too.
Keep yourself cool
Drink water to stay hydrated in the summer. You can make a nice treat with a splash of lemon or mint leaves in your water. The touch of flavor is refreshing.
Switch up your wardrobe and wear summer clothing. Light-colored linen, cotton, or other natural fabrics will keep you cooler than dark polyesters or synthetic fabrics.
Run appliances at night
It's best to wait until the cool of the evening to run appliances. Dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, and especially ovens will heat your house up in no time. Run these appliances at night if you can. Better yet, cook outside and dry your clothes on a clothesline.
The best way to keep your house "cool" is to keep it safe and insured. Have you checked your home insurance recently? Make sure your home is protected and call your local Pekin Insurance agent today!
What do you say when someone asks you how to keep your house cool in the summer? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!