Warm weather is always a welcome change after the long, cold winter. But for some, especially the elderly, the rising temperatures make for an uncomfortable few months. While a sunny and 85 degree day sounds perfect at the beach, when those same temps mean your house is stifling hot and you can’t get comfortable, then it’s a different story.
Keeping your home cool during the summer months is a high priority. We’ve already seen above average temperatures this spring, so if you haven’t already taken steps to prepare your home for the heat wave, try incorporating some of these tips to beat the heat and stay cool.
AC – Of course turning on your central or window unit air conditioners will help cool down your home. But, if you’re trying to be budget conscious, there are other ways to keep your home cool without running the AC 24/7.
Block the Sun – A large factor in family heating and cooling of your home is its exposure to sun. Block out the sun’s blazing rays by closing the curtains or shades when the sun is hitting a particular room.
Cool Bedding – Pack away the flannel sheets and heavy down comforters for light-weight cotton or satin sheets and a thin breathable quilt.
Fans – Ceiling fans are a wonderful way to move air around and offers a refreshing breeze.
Plant Trees – A creative way to keep the temperature in your home down is by planting trees to provide shade. If the sun shines in your living room during the warmest part of the day, consider adding trees near the windows to provide natural shade.
More than likely you’ll still need to turn the air conditioner on from time to time, but incorporating some of these tips will also help to keep your home cool and conserve energy at the same time.