There are loads of things to love about summer – beach days, not having to wear fifty layers every time you go out of the house, the fact that you can eat ice cream without feeling like you’re freezing – but all of those things are easy to forget when it’s a hot summer’s day and you have no way of cooling your house down. Sure, you’re wearing cool clothes and you’ve had about a million ice pops, but that doesn’t help if your environment will have you sweating bullets again within minutes. Luckily, there are various ways of keeping your home – and therefore you – nice and cool during the summer months.
We’re starting with a pricier method here, but it’s so worth it. While many cheaper options will do just fine, none of them will come close to being as effective as an air-con. While there are various cooling methods that either circulate hot air or try and prevent heat from getting into the house, an air conditioner is the most effective because it actively cools down a room. Plus, it’s adjustable, so you won’t need to pick between either dying from the heat or freezing from the cold. Keep in mind that most air conditioning systems do more than just cool off a room, and therefore have various components that need to be maintained or replaced regularly, such as their outdoor condensing unit.
If you’re trying to save money and can’t afford an air-con, why not go with another tried and tested method; a fan? Fans may not be as effective as other methods, but they are much more affordable. You can have a fan in every room. They don’t cool down the air, but they do circulate it, which makes quite a difference if you have no other option. You can have ceiling fans installed, or just buy standing or desk fans to place around the house. You can always place a bag of ice in front of a fan to make the air colder.
Keep your blinds closed
There are various benefits of using blinds, one of them being that they can help cool down your house. When you’re trying to cool down a room, you want to keep sunlight out of it as much as possible. I’m sure you’ve walked into a room that’s flooded with sunlight on a hot summer’s day – everything you touch feels hot. Blinds are great because you can adjust them to allow in enough light for you to see, but not enough to make the room feel like an oven.
Open windows at night
During the summer, evenings tend to be cooler than the daytime, making it the perfect occasion to open your windows and let the fresh night-time breeze in. This should help keep your room nice and cool, even a few hours after the sun has risen. Keep in mind that various bugs may take this as an invitation to enter your home, so it might be a good idea to know how to get rid of them.