5 tricks for keeping your house cool this summer
The heat of summer has officially arrived. While pool days and summer nights are great, the temperatures in July and August can be stifling.
Whether you’re trying to keep the AC from blasting – or you don’t have it at all – we’re going to offer a few ways to keep the temperatures down in the house.
Several are common-sense, but a few might surprise you. You’re likely already closing the blinds against the sun and heat during the day. But are you turning your ceiling fans counter-clockwise? Are you turning the exhaust fan on in the kitchen to blow out the heat from the stove?
If your washer and dryer are in the house, consider putting off drying clothes until the cooler hours.
Let the breeze blow:
A good fan is always a great investment. Depending on where it is, you can look for an oscillating fan, or one that blasts right at you and tilts up and down. Your nearby Lowe’s or Home Depot will offer a great selection. Put a mixing bowl full of ice in front of that fan, and you’ll be surprised by how well that breeze works. For this, we suggest a fan like the Utilitec 30 in 3 Speed High Velocity Fan, $44.98, Lowes.com
Chill out at night:
Not much is as miserable as trying to sleep through a heat wave. What won’t help is any kind of sheet that isn’t made of a breathable fiber. Put away the flannel and look for cotton sheets. And if you’re truly desperate, try misting them very lightly (you don’t want a soggy mattress) before you turn in. Slightly damp sheets, or a barely-damp nightshirt, will really help cool you off. We like the Premium Egyptian Percale Sheet Set, $179-$239 (plus Cash Back), llbean.com,
Let there not be light:
Your biggest bet when it comes to keeping the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter has to do with those windows. It’s where a whole lot of heat sneaks in. So even inexpensive blinds are better than no blinds at all. Or buy some heavy drapery that will block the heat and sun. It’s the only heavy fabric that comes in handy this time of year. We like the Tweed Curtain Panels, $24.99 (plus Cash Back), Target.com
If all else fails, remember, our great grandmother, and probably your grandmother, didn’t have the modern marvel of AC in the house. They knew that a cool cloth at the neck and a cold beverage in the hand worked wonders in the hottest days of summer.