There’s nothing more uncomfortable than trying to relax in your own home in the sweltering heat. Naturally, the first thing we would do it blast the AC. However turning on the AC comes with many disadvantages, that we may not know about. But, there are many ways that we can all keep cool without having to use the air-conditioner. Take a look at these brilliant ways to keep your home cool without having to crank up the AC.
Invest In Blackout Curtains
Most people don’t always like to have a room that is pitch black, however, blackout curtains block sunlight, which then naturally insulates the rooms. Blackout shades or curtains also allow us to sleep better which is so ideal in the summer months when the temperatures are much warmer.
Keep Your Blinds Closed
Another handy tip that not many will be aware of is to use shades and curtains. This allows the unwanted heat that comes from windows to be significantly reduced. The indoor temperatures will thus be lower and prevent your home from becoming a miniature greenhouse. So do yourself a big favor- close your blinds and curtains at the beginning of the evening and keep them shut until the morning.
The hot summer months can be brutal which is why ceiling fans are a huge help in keeping your home cool. The ceiling fans keep the air continuously flowing which in turn allows your home to cool down in a more natural way. In case you never knew, during summer its best to make sure that the ceiling fans are rotating anti-clockwise at a higher speed. You will definitely feel a huge difference and the breeze effect will be great!
Cook & Bake At Night
This may be an obvious one, but larger appliances emit large amounts of heat while they are being used. So it’s best to save these tasks (if you can) for the evening or later hours of the night when temperatures are a lot cooler. Whether its a dishwasher, oven or washing machine, this tip will be highly useful when trying to keep the house cool.
Let The Night Air In
If you’re lucky enough to live in a place when temperatures drop at night – consider yourself very fortunate! Take advantage by allowing the fresh air in the evening by slightly opening the windows before you head off to bed. But be sure to close both the windows and the blinds before temperatures start to rise again in the morning.
Switch Out Your Incandescent Lights
For those of you who have been meaning to switch out all of your incandescent lights, you now have the perfect opportunity. Incandescent light waste a huge amount of energy and not to mention give off a large amount of heat as well. Once you make this small change in your home, you will instantly notice a great difference. Switching to low-heat lightbulbs like fluorescent lightbulbs is an easy way to keep your house cooler in the summer.