Summer is officially here and boy o’ boy do we feel it in New York City. Not only did the weather jump twenty degrees, but Manhattan feels like a sweat box with the humidity. This instantly got us to thinking about the future verdict of summer’s weather and the home.
Is your home cool enough to your liking, or is it an unpleasant experience? Don’t let your interior fall victim to overheating as there are a few tips and tricks to keeping your house cool (and livable). Whether you live in a walk-up apartment or a single-family home, take a look at these ideas on staying cool indoors.
5 Ways to Cool Down the Home During Summer
- Limit Electronics - Too many electronics in a room when on can generate a ton of heat. If your space becomes too hot, try limiting usage of one or two items (thing gaming consoles, televisions and computers).
- Stock up on Fans - Most portable fans and even ceiling fans suck up little electricity when compared to the A/C. Turn down the thermostat and use fans in the rooms you are in. You just might save a few bucks.
- Keep the Shades Down - Nothing can make a home feel so hot than direct sunlight. Keep all curtains and blinds closed to help cool off your home. Beware of heavy fabrics (e.g. velvet) and dark hues as they might make your home feel hotter than it is. Remember this: dark absorbs and light reflects.
- Go Cold Turkey…Literally - If you enjoy getting your ‘Iron Chef’ on in the kitchen, consider switching up your routine during the day. Indoor ovens can almost guarantee a super hot home so steer clear of using any kitchen appliances that can overheat the home. If you have the outdoor space, try grilling outside for fresher food and less heat in the home.
- Close Off Unused Areas - Unless you have central A/C or split air conditioners to cool off greater regions of your home (at one time), think about each room individually. Running fans or individual air conditioners in a room is great, but can work on the double by also trying to cool off surrounding areas. Close all doors to unused rooms that will help ensure your space remains cool.