During the hot summer months, you may be tempted to crank up your air conditioning. However, this results in high energy bills. One inexpensive strategy to stay cool is opening windows. Here are a few low cost tips and tricks to cool down your home during the hot summer months.
How to keep the house cool during summer:
Close Your Blinds
Closing your blinds prevents hot air from entering your home. Similar to hot air entering through car windows on a warm day, your house will also warm up with open blinds. Keep your home cool by closing window blinds.
Change of Sheets
In the winter, warm bed sheets and covers such flannel or fleece will keep you warm. However, in the summer, lighter bedding is perfect for the warmer weather. Cotton based sheets are more breathable and wick away sweat during humid nights.
Set Your Ceiling Fans Counter-Clockwise
In the summer, set your ceiling fans counter clockwise. This pulls cool air up, thus decreasing the room’s temperature by 8 degrees on average. Furthermore, it will save money on air conditioning costs.
Cool Down Your Body
Focus on cooling down your body more than cooling down your house or a particular room. Drinking cold water or lemonade is a great way to cool down. Additionally, rest a cold, wet washcloth on your neck or head.
Use the Grill Instead of the Stove
Using your stove or oven at temperatures over 300 degrees heats up your house. Instead, grill food outside. Enjoy nice summer weather and keep your home cool!