Affordable Ways to Cool Down Your House in the Summer
Summer is here and so is the squelching heat! We are all going to make the most of these few precious months of warmth before the harsh Winter rolls in. While it is great to break out in those shorts and flop around the beach or pool in sandals. The fact remains that a house not adjusted for the summer heat, will become unbearably hot and uncomfortable.
Air-conditioning your whole house immediately comes to mind to beat the heat, but with that idea comes the expense of installing an A/C unit if you don’t already have one and the high energy bills that follow. A funny scenario would be to sit in front a block of ice and have the fan blow the cold air towards you. This certainly is one way to keep cool, but a messy one at that! There are more practical and affordable ways of keeping your home cool in the summer and ones that will not cost you an arm and a leg.
This idea seems like a “no brainer” but is often overlooked or not utilized. Every house has windows, so try opening it up to allow fresh air to circulate throughout the house, especially in the cooler evenings. How it works is that the fresh air or outside breeze will take away the heat from your skin and also from the surface area of your home to give that cooling effect. Some windows have screens over them that are removable; it is advisable to remove screens to allow the air to circulate more freely.
Circulate fresh air artificially by using fans throughout your home. The quickest way to cool your home using fans is to position the fan-head upwards towards the ceiling operating at the highest speed. This method will effectively cool your home because hot air rises and cool air sinks. When the fan sends cool air upwards, it cools the hot air which will quickly sink as cool air, making your home feel more comfortable.
If your home is tiled then mop the floor with cool water to dissipate the heat, since floors are known to retain heat very easily. Check your home for any rugs that you have as decorative pieces and consider rolling it up for storage, since rugs are great at retaining heat and could actually make your home feel warmer than it really is.
Install an awning on the exterior of your home to combat the heat from reaching into your home through windows that receive direct sunlight. The best place to install your awnings would be where the sun comes in direct contact for long periods of time with the windows, entrances, and exits of your house. Tinting your windows and glass doors is another great way to beat the summer heat.
If you spend the majority of your time at home in one or two rooms, let’s say the living room and bedroom, then you can install small window A/C units that are more energy efficient than their larger whole house central A/C units. Look for deals on these A/C window units to save some money. They are fairly easy to install and will cool the house down a lot more than just opening the windows.
If all else fails, then head to the water for a nice dip in the public swimming pool to try and cool down. Summer is all about beautiful weather and outdoor activities so try spending more of your time outside having fun and less time inside the hot stifling house. Remember to take it easy while outdoors to avoid possible heat stroke during rigorous activities. Have fun this summer and save money by using all or some of the above ideas!