Although it’s fun to be out in the sun to enjoy the hot weather, sometimes it can get too much. With the heat and humidity that summer season brings also comes discomfort.
To ease the discomforts of warm weather while preventing yourself from firing up your energy and power bills, here are tips on how you can keep your home cool and comfortable this summer:
- Know when you should and shouldn’t open your windows. Open windows once the sun goes down to let the warm air be replaced with cool, refreshing air at night. During the day, keep blinds and windows closed. Make sure to use light-colored blinds or curtains to reflect rather than absorb the heat from the sun.
- Replace your sheets and beddings with cotton options. Get smart with your bedding options. For a cooler and more comfortable sleep each time, switch your usual sheets and beddings to more breathable options like cotton, linen, and percale. These fabrics are light, cool, and airy – truly perfect for hot weather.
- Utilize the light from the sun, and only use light minimally or not at all. Light bulbs can also give off heat when turned on. To prevent your home from getting warmer, take advantage of and utilize the abundance of the natural light from the sun during the day. Unplug your appliances when not in use as well.
- Lessen or skip the use of the oven or stove. Using the oven or stove will only heat your home even more. So, this summer, take advantage of the weather and do outdoor cooking more. Take out and dust off your grill and use it more. There is a lot you can prepare using the grill like skewer and foil-pack recipes.
- Make sure your air conditioners are well-maintained. You have to be sure that your air conditioning units are working properly and efficiently. Clean or change out air filters at least every 4-6 weeks or during the months of their heaviest use. A dirty air conditioner filter can reduce air quality, efficiency, and airflow.
- Welcome cooling indoor plants into your home. Having indoor plants around your house can help you and your household survive the dry and warm temperature of summer. Plants including aloe vera, areca palm tree, ficus tree, fern, snake plant, and golden pothos can reduce air temperature by ten degrees.
- Make yourself feel cooler. Aside from cooling your home, keep yourself cool as well. To do this, you must refrain from doing heavy chores during the day when the heat is at its peak. Take frequent showers all throughout the day to cool down as well. You can also create an ice fan with a box fan and a bowl of ice.
Get yourself and your home ready for summer. Follow the above tips and survive the warm weather ‘in a breeze!’