Here are some tips to keep your home cool without running your AC as much this summer.
REDUCE SUNLIGHT ENTERING YOUR WINDOWS Add an awning (front or back), solar film on windows, solar screens and reflective or even “blackout” blinds can all help reduce solar heat. While drapes aren’t as much in style anymore, they can also help because the pleats and folds dissipate heat through convection.
AUTOMATIC SHADES Motorized blinds and shades can be programmed to maximize energy efficiency, or even controlled by a smartphone. West-facing windows can be covered automatically as the sun sets on that side.
STANDING FANS If you are home alone and going to be in one spot for a while, a standing fan can help make you comfortable without having to cool the entire house. For a neat trick, place a large bowl of ice on a table between you and the fan for a chilled, misty breeze!
REDUCE HUMIDITY When possible, do laundry, cooking and showering during the cooler times of the day.
MORE FANS Ceiling fans don’t lower the temperature of the room (so don’t run them when you aren’t there!) but they can make you more comfortable. And consider a whole-house fan, which can quickly push hot air out of the attic, which then draws hot air out of the home and into the attic to balance.
CONSIDER NEW SHEETS There are new options in bed sheets to keep you cool at night. They are breathable, prevent sweating and wick moisture away to keep you dry. Stay away from sateen or silk and look for natural fibers like Egyptian cotton or bamboo.
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