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How to Stay Cool While Staying Inside This Summer

Even if you have the best air conditioning system available, it can still get quite warm in your home in the summer months. If your home sits in the direct line of the sun, then you might have to endure warm temperatures from the time you get up in the morning to the time you go to bed and even overnight. Here are a few ways that you can stay cool with your family over the summer without breaking your budget.

Make It Dark

Close the blinds and curtains during the day to make your home darker. The sun won’t be able to shine through the windows, which means that the temperature won’t have a chance to rise as quickly. You can also use reflective panels on your windows to try to direct sunlight away from your home. Another way to make it darker is to keep the lights off. This will also keep the temperature down because bulbs can give off additional heat in a room.

Circulation

Install a few ceiling fans in your home to keep the air circulating. If you have an air conditioner, you can use the fans to enhance the airflow so that you don’t have to keep the thermostat as low as you normally would. Fans should be installed in rooms where there’s more sunlight or where more people gather during the day.

Cooking

When you cook inside your home, the temperature tends to increase because of the appliances that are used. You can stay cool in the summer by not using the stove or oven quite as often. Consider making sandwiches or salads for supper or taking food outside to enjoy a picnic under a shade tree. You could also use a grill to cook outside so the inside of your home doesn’t get hot.

Windows

If possible, open the windows in your home to let fresh air flow through. For maximum airflow, you can open the windows on one end of your home and those that are on the other end. The cross-ventilation technique works well if it’s cloudy but temperatures are still uncomfortable or there’s a lot of humidity in the air.

Staying cool in your home during the summer months doesn’t have to be a challenge. Plan ahead by getting the supplies that you need and making sure all of the electrical components in your home work as they should so that they don’t come on too often. Keep in mind that if you have pets or children, you might want to try to keep your air conditioner on along with these tips so that they don’t get overheated.

Tim Esterdahl

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