Smart strategies to keep your home cool in the summer

For those of you lucky enough to walk in after work to a perfectly climate controlled home, keep moving. This article is for those of you suffering from the summer heat that seems to seep into every corner of your house.

With a few simple hacks, you can enjoy a moderately cooler space from the beginning to end of your day.

IN THE MORNING

If you are a relatively early riser, start by modifying your routine. Take advantage of the cool morning temperatures by opening as many windows as possible. In extremely hot climates, you may want to amp this up by placing small fans by large windows or open sliding glass doors. The idea is to push as much cold air into your place as you can before you leave for your workday.

Before you leave for work, take a moment to go shut all windows and draw all blinds.  The goal is to lock in the cold air and block out that hot sun.  This will help a great deal with keeping the offending heat out as much as possible.

WHEN YOU GET HOME

Once your back for the evening, turn on your ceiling fans and pour yourself a cool drink. The best way to beat the heat without the pleasure of air conditioning is to control your temperature internally. Eat cooling foods and beverages such as salads and icy cold drinks.

Take the time to inspect your ceiling fan. Most fans have settings to operate the fan counter clock-wise. Not many people do this but it will assist in drawing the hot air up and out of your space.

WHEN YOU COOK DINNER

Make sure you turn all your kitchen fans on high and also if your space is a condo or smaller in size, turn on your bathroom fans. You want to do everything to draw the heat out of your home.

Take to the grill! Instead of bringing more heat into your house with the stove or oven, crank up the barbeque and cook al fresco.

BEFORE BED

As you get ready to sleep take a moment to open all the windows in your house strategically to create a breezeway. Most houses (not so many condos) will have windows on the hot and cool side of the house. If you have these windows running parallel in the direction you can open the front and back to create a current that pulls the hot air out and the cold air in.

It will also be advantageous to look at what type of bedding you are using. Ditch anything heavy such as flannel or satin. If you gravitate towards a cool cotton or linen, you will find that you will sleep cooler throughout the night. Additionally, a buckwheat pillow is amazing at keeping the heat away as well.

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