Sunny days and warm temperatures are a welcomed sign of summer coming. But it’s not too long before things start to get hot in the house— maybe too hot.
Putting a large AC unit in every room of the house or installing a swimming pool in the backyard might seem like great ways to keep cool, they’re also hugely expensive.
Here are some tips to cool things down without breaking the bank.
1. Grow some houseplants
Some plants, like cacti and bromeliads, take in water from the air and so can help reduce humidity in your home. That keeps everything cooler.
2. Buy a dehumidifier
If the plants aren’t cutting it, buy a dehumidifier to do the same job of removing moisture from the air and making you feel cooler even at hot temperatures.
3. Close your blinds
It might be nice to have rays of sunlight streaming in through the windows, but it heats up the space very quickly. Keeping the light out during the peak sunlight hours can reduce the temperature in your home from 10-15 C.
4. Shade the outside
If you can’t stand having the blinds drawn and a dark house, shade the outside of your windows with awnings. This will at least cool the air before it enters.
5. Reverse your fans
Setting the ceiling fans to spin counter-clockwise helps pull hot air up and away, rather than pushing it down towards you. In general, you want to pull warm air away rather than just move it around.
6. Cool sheets
Choosing materials that wick away heat and moisture – like silk or cotton — for your bed sheets can help you feel much better at night.
7. Create a flow of air
Be strategic about where you place fans and which doors you open to create a flow of air moving throughout the house.
If you’re feeling good yourself, the weather will feel more manageable. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated, avoid exertion and wear appropriate clothes.