Summer has already knocked on our doors, and who doesn’t want to stay cool and feel soothing at least when one is inside the house? I guess everyone does. When you cannot control the heat coming into your house, you are bound to pay increased cooling bills. Rather than just switching on the AC, try some of these fool proof ideas through which you can control the heat coming into your house.
Try to Run Your Heat-Producing Appliances as the Day Ends
You get to do a lot of household work regularly, and you need appliances to do the same, be it washing dishes in a dishwasher or running a washing machine to do the laundry. You do these tasks in the day time so that you are free by the evening. But the heat produced by these appliances spread throughout your house and fill it with more heat for you to feel. You can start these things in the evening or at the time when you go to sleep. Because the night time is cooler, and if heat is induced at that time, it gets compensated with the coolness present in the environment. Such appliances may include unnecessary lights switched on during the day, kids’ gaming consoles, and Laptops, or TV.
Focus on Covering Your Windows with Some Shade
Approx. 30% of unwanted heat in your house enter through windows. If you keep them open throughout the day, the windows will allow sunlight to enter directly, and thus add more warmth to the house. By adding blinds, shades, solar screens, insulating curtains, or tinted films, you can considerably lower down the indoor temperature in comparison to the outdoor temperature, and make it around 20 degrees lesser than before, which is a pretty big difference. This way, you will be able to save 5% to 7% energy costs. Also, ensure that you choose the right fabric and color while installing any of these materials to your windows.
Some quick tips regarding the same:
- While protecting the windows using a film or curtain, you can use shaded shutters. These shutters look very appealing and also blocks unwanted sunrays from entering your home.
- You can also add an awning over your porch or back patio, which will act more than just a shade. Putting an awning will save your air conditioning bills significantly and reduce them by 45% to 50%.
- If you’re a tech freak and want things cool in your house, then you may choose to automate your windows. This thing highly helps in reducing electricity bills and also save you from the hassle to cover or uncover the windows according to temperature. By automating your windows, you can fix the time duration when you want your window coverings opened or closed. It depends on the automation system that you go for. Some allow you to set up the same according to sunrise or sunset. This way, you don’t have to be worried about the irresponsible ones in your home who always leave your window coverings open. Just relax and let the automated windows take care of themselves.
Invite Some Greenery Around You
If you are a lover of green buddies and want plants everywhere in your house, then this tip is a win-win for you. If you use indoor plants in your house, then this is the best tip to keep your home cool from within. You can include ferns, cacti, ficus, and aloe in these plants. These plants can actually reduce temperature up to 10 degrees on an average basis.
Also, a smart thing to do will be to add foliage outside your house, which acts as a shade. It doesn’t just look beautiful, but also saves you from adverse weather circumstances. Of course, the foliage will take more time to grow in comparison to other trees, but the wait will be totally worth it. If you’re in a hurry, then you can purchase tall shrubs, saplings, or add vines to make your house look fabulous.
Enjoy Barbeque and Grill as Much as You Can
In this era, when we love to eat a variety of foods and intend to try everything at least once in a lifetime, grilled food is something that should get the most of the chances. And, the biggest reason is that it tastes delicious, plus, it is healthy. Fill up your summer cooking with grilled food, and avoid excessive heat to enter your kitchen which generates while you cook. Also, don’t forget to switch on the exhaust fan while doing the same.
Also, if you have installed an awning in your grilling area, then it will be a win-win situation for you, as it will reduce temperature significantly. So, just grab a griller, stand below the awning, and enjoy a cool crusher to fullest.
Get a Cool & Calm Sleep at Night
If you cannot sleep properly during the night due to temperature and room being too warm to sleep, then you need to make some changes to whole sleeping. Instead of just grabbing the AC remote and turning it on every night, focus on the other ways that can keep you comfy and cool, and avail you with the optimal level of sleep.
The weighed duvets that you use while sleeping, say bye to them, and bring out light sheets or blankets to cover yourself while sleeping. Most probably, use cotton sheets as these sheets absorb sweat to the greatest extent, and allow you to feel cooler by absorbing out the summer moisture from your body. Also, give a regular wash to your sheets so that body oils and sweat can be removed from them.
You can even choose to buy pillows as well as mattress toppers that are cooling can help you a lot. So avoid the fancy mattresses, and focus on other essential things, and get the coolness you need while sleeping. By opting for these habits, you will be capable of having a composed and tight sleep while avoiding all the heat-related nightmares.