Keep cool…

Having trouble keeping cool, here are some tips that will help, with or without an air conditioning system.

Keep your cool, and…

  1. Keep your blinds closed

Some say that up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows, and utilizing shades, curtains and the like can save you up to 7 percent on your bills and lower indoor temperatures. This means that closing the blinds essentially prevents your home from becoming extremely hot in summer, or cold in winter.

  1. Be smart about your doors.

Closing off rooms will prevent the cool air from escaping these areas during the hottest part of the day. You’ll want to make the most of the cooler night hours,  letting air flow naturally through your home.

  1. Swap your sheets.

Not only does seasonally switching up your bedding freshen up a room, it’s a great way to keep cool (or even warm in winter). While textiles like flannel sheets and fleece blankets are fantastic for insulation and will keep you warm, cotton is a smarter move for summer as it breathes easier and stays cooler.

  1. Heat-proof your bed.

If you are too hot at night, how about tuning your hot water bottle into a cold water bottle?  Fill a hot water bottle and put it in the freezer before placing at the foot of your bed.  It sounds strange, but slightly dampening your sheets before bedtime will majorly help you chill out.

  1. Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise.

Whether you know it or not, your ceiling fan needs to be adjusted seasonally. Setcounter-clockwise in the summer at a higher speed, the fan’s airflow will create a wind-chill breeze effect that will make you and your guests “feel” cooler.

  1. Let the night air in.

Open your windows at night, so the cool air gets in, this will cool your house down naturally.

  1. Start up the bbq

It’s obvious, but we’re going to say it anyway: Using your oven or stove in the summer will make your house even warmer. If it already feels like 35 degrees in your home, the last thing you want to do is turn on an oven. Besides, who doesn’t want to get more mileage out of their outdoor furniture and seasonal accessories?

  1. Make a few long-term improvements.

Insulated window films, for example, are a smart purchase as they work similarly to blinds. And additions like awnings and planted trees or vines on or in front of light-facing windows will shield your home from the sun’s rays, reduce the amount of heat your home absorbs and make your investment nothing but worthwhile.