It’s easier to warm a home than cool it down. This has been the logic of those who prefer colder temperatures for many years. You can always wrap up and use heating to stay warm but, if your home is hot and humid, the heat can seem inescapable by comparison.
In this short guide, we’ve included some great tips on keeping your home cool. There are a few things that you should do, like find the best standing fan you can afford and look into air conditioning if that’s possible. That said, a majority of this guide is made from things that you can do right now, in the comfort of your own home.
Tips For A Cooled Home
Let’s get straight into the best tips you can follow to keep your home temperature down. Some of them will require more prep work than others but all of them should have a noticeable cooling effect on your home.
We often associate insulation with keeping the cold out and the inside warm. That said, an insulating barrier can also keep a cold interior separated from a warm exterior, ensuring that the home remains cool. Lofts, wall cavities, solid walls, whatever you have to work with, insulate the vulnerable points of your home to keep it cool.
Use Your Windows and Doors
Similar to insulation, you can manage your home temperature through your windows and doors. It’s through windows and doors that warmth enters and exits your home, so controlling them allows you to keep the home cool. Open windows, especially if they’re downwind, as you want to limit warm air coming into your home. If the windows have small vents at the top that open without letting anything else in, even better. Opening windows at night, when the air is cool, is another solution.
You should also use curtains and other awnings to cover windows as this can keep heat out and regulate the home temperature. Blackout curtains are best for adding a more effective barrier between your window and the interior of your home.
As for doors, open as many as possible inside your home. This allows cold air to mix and settle all over your home, so there are no pockets of warmer or cooler air. This also maintains airflow, keeping the air traveling around your house cool.
Turn Appliances Off
Many electronics in your home generate energy while on standby. How do most of this energy manifest? Through heat, of course. Minimize internal heat generation by turning them off fully and ensuring the appliances you can’t turn off, like refrigerators and freezers, have plenty of space to vent heat. Switching to low-energy light bulbs helps too, as incandescent bulbs will give off 90% of their energy as waste heat. All of these measures also save you money!
Don’t fire up any ovens that are going to increase the temperature inside your home. If possible, fire up a grill outside instead. Whether you’re cooking for your family or a social gathering, cooking outside is going to leave your home much cooler in the evenings. This way, you get more mileage from your grill too.
Prep Your Bedroom
A warm bedroom is the worst, especially when you’re trying to sleep. Fortunately, there are ways you can prepare your bedroom for those humid nights. Swap your sheets often and try to use cotton sheets that breathe easier, and so stay cool. A buckwheat pillow is also handy for generating air space in which colder air can be trapped.
In worst-case scenarios, you can even go as far as to use water bottles filled with cold water to cool your bedding. Some even place their sheets in a freezer for a few minutes before bedtime. If all else fails, remember that heat rises, so sleeping in a downstairs room or a basement will make heat easier to withstand.
Sometimes you just can’t win against a hot climate. In those cases, you can beat the heat by cooling yourself instead of the home environment. This can act as a temporary fix until more permanent cooling methods are applied. Wear temperature-appropriate clothing, cool yourself by drinking cold drinks, apply a cold cloth or ice packs to your neck and wrists, and use cold water on your feet in the middle of the night. You can do that by keeping a bowl of water on the floor and lowering your feet in if the temperature is unbearable.