Summertime brings the most memorable events of the year, but the extreme heat within your home should not be one of them! Getting through the heat is always tough if you don’t want to use ample air conditioning. Thankfully, there are some very effective and simple ways to keep your house cool during the summer.
Here are 6 easy and cost-effective tips to beat the heat in your own home:
If you live in an area with lots of humidity, you can do the following to feel cooler:
- Choose breathable bed sheets made from natural materials like bamboo or cotton
- For clothing, wearing loose and light materials such as cotton & linen allows the fabric to breathe and heat to escape from your body
- Use a dehumidifier
A dehumidifier can help remove excess moisture from the air, which leaves you feeling cool even in hot temperatures. An additional benefit is the reduction of odors and allergens in the air while helping to fight against mold and mildew.
Reduce the Heat from Your Windows
A completely dark house with all the curtains and blinds closed can certainly block the heat but will also take away the brightness from your house making it feel depressing. Exterior sun shades are great and economical way to block the heat but still let the light through.
Some additional alternatives are:
- Investing in inexpensive heat-reflecting film, applying directly to sun facing windows
- A patio umbrella placed just outside your window can be a quick fix
- Using drapes or curtains that have white on the side that faces the sun will reflect the heat back out
Choose what works best for you!
Here’s the thing, everything you plug into a socket is generating heat in your house. Therefore, make sure to unplug all unnecessary electronics or appliances when not in use. Even those little red lights that indicate an appliance is turned off can still be producing heat. Remember, turning things off is not enough – you must unplug! A reduction to your electricity bill is an added benefit.
Get a Personal Cooling Fan
First, close the doors and vents in any rooms of your house that are not in use to focus your cooling efforts only where you need them. You can use cold air fans and personal cooling fans to target a small area. This uses up much less energy than cooling an entire home and does a better job at it. If you are home alone, a portable handheld fan is a great cost saving alternative that you can take on the go.
It always takes time and planning to plant considerable shade in your house, but the long-term benefits make it worth it. A tree in full bloom can block more than 70% of solar radiation from entering your home. Sun-loving, shade providing plants in front of windows will lower air temperatures by providing shade. Moreover, they’ll breathe in CO2 and breathe out oxygen and water vapor.
Some of the most heat tolerant plants include:
- Mimosa trees
- Banana Plants
- Dwarf Fig trees
Use Natural Ventilation
Natural ventilation is a brilliant way to supply air to or remove air from an indoor space without using mechanical systems. The advantages of natural ventilation include increased effectiveness at eliminating humidity and significantly reduced energy consumption.
With Casper’s Retractable Screen Doors and Windows, we have harnessed the use of natural ventilation to help cool your home by allowing for the maximum amount of fresh air to enter the home while simultaneously removing the stagnant, warm air. You will be amazed at how quickly the warm air is replaced with cool, refreshing air. Remember to keep insects out when you cool your house. Casper Retractable Screen Doors are 100% insect proof and have a rust-proof magnetic strip that runs the entire length of the door for secure closure.
Let the cool air in using the natural ventilation that Casper Screens offers!
Keep your house cool with these 6 amazing tips – you’re saving up on considerable money while also reducing your environmental impact. It’s a win-win for all!