Is the Heat Getting to You? Check out These Helpful Tips to Keep Your Home Cool
We all know what it’s like to sit in a hot home with little air flow. You may feel sluggish and gross, and you pray for a slight, cool breeze to enter through one of your many windows. However, there are some simple steps that you can follow to prevent the stifling heat from affecting your daily routine and nightly sleep.
Avoid the oven. Using the oven to cook meals can significantly increase the amount of heat in your home. If you’re looking to keep your home cool, avoid the oven. Instead, opt for cooking your meals on your grill. Besides, who doesn’t like a juicy burger on a hot summer day? If you have to bake, try to do so later in the evening, preferably when the sun is starting to set.
Invest in black-out curtains. Black out curtains are composed of a thicker material that is intended to keep out heat, cold air, and even noise. I recommend purchasing black out curtains that have white on the inside, which will reflect the sun’s rays. You’ll likely experience a significant cooler home, but the trick is to keep them closed during the hot parts of the day (afternoon to early evening).
Create an air flow with fans. Fans can be very helpful in keeping your home cool. However, a single fan blowing warm air towards you does little to keep your home from feeling muggy and hot. Instead, invest in a couple fans (I recommend tower fans), and position them so they circulate the air. This action will create an air flow that will recycle hot, stale air, and your home will become noticeably cooler.
Keep your lights to a minimum. Depending on the type and quality of lights you have, they typically omit heat. Although their amount of heat may seem insignificant, it’s important to remember that, if you have multiple lights on throughout your home, their combined heat can make a different. If you don’t have high efficiency lights already, you may want to consider investing in some. Not only are they better for the environment, but they also tend to omit less heat.
Close some doors. If there are some rooms in your home that you rarely use, like a guest bedroom, storage room, etc., then try to keep these doors closed. You don’t want to waste your cooling efforts on rooms that are not occupied. Instead, focus on the areas you spend the most time in, like the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms where you or family members sleep.
Portable air conditioner. I cannot stress how great these devices are. If you have the right window setup, you can purchase an air conditioner for less than $200. However, if you are renting or if your house is not equipped to host a window air conditioner, then your next option would be a portable one. They typically cost between $400-600 dollars, so they have a bit of a price tag, but they are definitely worth it! If used correctly, they can keep an open space cool throughout the day. Whether you want a smaller one for your bedroom, or a larger one for the living room/kitchen, there are many options. They’re easy to install, low maintenance, and relatively affordable.
Lighter exterior colours. If you are planning on having your home painted, then I recommend opting for a lighter colour, which will keep your home cooler in the summer. An off-white, beige, or other light variant are aesthetically pleasing options that have better resale values. If you have siding, then painting is not typically an option. However, if you have stucco, CANZ coating can not only lighten your home’s exterior, but also fix cracks and provide a high quality, weather-sealed exterior. Also, if a light option doesn’t fit your personal style, CANZ’s stucco coating is UV reflective, meaning a cooler interior during those hot summer months! You can find more information on this service on CANZ’s website.
Stucco or brick. Both stucco and brick are composed of natural materials that create a strong casing around your home. These options keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. If you are looking to redo the exterior of your home, then I would highly recommend opting for stucco or brick. For more information of these home exterior options, visit my 3 Home Exterior Options post.
Opt for cotton sheets: Try to avoid synthetic materials or flannel for your bed sheets when temperatures rise. These heavy materials typically don’t breathe well and can increase your body’s temperature. Instead, invest in a set of 100% cotton sheets that are light and comfortable. Also, bamboo sheets are another option, which can keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Bathroom and oven fans: Utilize your home’s internal fans! Designed to pull hot air out and dispose of it outside, bathroom fans and oven fans can make a significant difference when cooling your home.