5 Tips to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

We will all most likely be spending more time inside our homes this summer due to social distancing. This could potentially cause quite an increase in air conditioning use and increase our bills. If you have windows that are west or south facing there are plenty of ways to to reduce the heat and keep your living space comfortable. Here a 5 tips to keep your house cool this summer.

1. Paint
Let's start with the interior of your rooms. Take a look the color of your walls and ceiling, are they dark? If so, you will want to paint them a light-color, especially the ceiling which will diffuse sunlight without much heat or glare.

2. Circulation
Installing ceiling fans is one of the best ways to to cool a room. During the summer months you want the air from your fan to blow straight down. To do this you will need to switch the direction of the blade rotation. Flip the switch on the side of your fan down. The warmer it is, the higher your fan speed should be.

3. Furniture
Microfibre couches or chairs are really good options for keeping you cool. This fabric is good at wicking away heat. If you live in an area that is not humid, leather furniture is also a good option. Just make sure it is not in direct sunlight. If it's not in the budget to get new furniture you can try a cover for your current furniture.

4. De-humidifier
Speaking of humidity if you live in an area with high levels of humidity you should invest in a de-humidifier. A de-humidifier will soak up excess moisture in the air inside your home. Humid air can feel more intense than heat alone, so one of these could be a welcome relief. 

5. Windows

The goal here is to block out the sunlight. This can be done in many different ways. There are speciality blinds, shutters, curtains, and window films for blocking out light. The right one will depend on your budget and if you can modify your windows. Blackout shades are very effective in blocking out heat during the summer. The U.S. Department of Energy has stated, "highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45 percent." 

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