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Easy Hacks That Will Keep Your House Cooler This Summer!
As the summer sun sizzles and the temperatures rise, check out these easy hacks that will help keep your house cooler. Small changes make a big difference!
Summer has most definitely arrived. Hot, humid, OMG-I’m-Melting SUMMER. Now, don’t get me wrong – I do think that summer is a wonderful season. You’re able to get outside to enjoy the fresh air more often and you’ll find that many people are hosting barbecues (YUM!) and other social events. This time of year is especially great for spending quality time with friends and family. The one big downside to summer is that it can be quite hot. If you live in an area where the summer season tends to be a little too hot to handle, read on.
You might not realize that with some simple and easy hacks, you can drastically reduce the amount of heat in your house. I have a bunch of great tips that will help you cool down your house, even on the hottest days. Follow these simple hacks and relax in a little more comfort when the temperatures start to soar.
Hacks to Keep your House Cooler During Summer
Block out the Sunlight
During the height of a hot summer day, the sun could be peeking into your windows causing the temperature in your home to rise. Use blinds, curtains and other window-covering-devices to block sunlight from coming in through your home’s windows to keep your house cooler. For smaller windows you can even use simple windshield sun blockers to deflect the sun’s hot rays. We use this hack in our camper on the bedroom windows!
Shut off the Lights
I know that you probably know this one, but it makes enough of a difference to deserve repeating. Light bulbs (especially the older incandescent bulbs) produce a lot of heat. Having too many lights on in your home can cause the temperature inside your house to rise. Leaving lights on also adds to your electric bill and can put an unnecessary burden on the power grid. Be sure to shut off the lights when you’re not in a room and consider using a duller light option during the hottest days of the summer.
When it’s 95 degrees OUTSIDE, the last thing you really want to do is fire up your oven. Even when our air conditioner is running, if we use our oven to cook a summer dinner, the whole house heats up. Heat from the oven will linger long after your dinner has finished cooking.
If you have a way to cook outside (like grilling), make sure you take advantage of that option during the summer season. If you cannot cook outside, consider using smaller appliances that won’t heat your kitchen up the way a traditional wall oven does. Some of our favorite alternatives include a toaster oven, a slow cooker and of course, the Instant Pot.
Lighten the Decor
Consider covering your furniture with lighter colors and using more white/light colors in your house during the summer season. The light colors help reflect sunlight which in turn will keep the sunlight from making your house too hot. (Plus, who are we kidding? Seasonal decor is a fun way to give different spaces in your home a new look! Check out some of our favorite ways to decorate for summer. Lots of fun, light options.)
On days when you can cut the AC (or if you don’t have AC), opening the windows can provide some much needed relief. Try opening windows at opposite ends of the house. This creates cross-ventilation and actually helps your house cool during summer. The key is to open windows that are across from each other in order for cross-ventilation to really cool your home down. I do this often in our upstairs and it always amazes me how strong of an airflow there is.
Rotate Ceiling Fans
Just having a ceiling fan or two in your home can really move the air and help to make the rooms cooler in the summer. You can also make adjustments to the fan to make them even more effective. Adjust any ceiling fans you may have in the home so that they rotate counter-clockwise. This helps move the warm air away from each room and in turn, helps keep your house cooler during the summer months.
Little Changes, Big Differences
Just doing one of the items mentioned above will go a long way to help you keep your house a bit cooler this summer. The more of these hacks that you do, the cooler your house should get. These hacks to keep your house cooler during summer will help you whole family feel more comfortable in the house during the height of summer heat.
Each of these hacks are easy ways to ensure you maintain a level, cool temperature in your home without increasing energy costs. (And actually, since these hacks are all very energy-efficient, you might even see a decrease in your electric bill.)
Typical summer nights find us cooking dinner outside and, if it’s not boiling hot out, many nights we eat outside too. The kids love it when we let them take a dip in the pool AFTER dinner for the ultimate cool down. While Bob and I are not usually night swimmers, when it’s almost as hot and oppressive after the sun goes down as it was during the afternoon, we jump in the pool after dinner too. That cool water dip is usually just what we need to cool down and lower our body temps just a little. Plus, swimming tires you out, so by the time we head up to bed, sleep is not too far off.
I hope these tips are helpful to you and give you some ideas for cooling off your house (and family) this summer! I would love to hear what tips YOU have for keeping the house cooler in the summer. What things have worked great for you?
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