3 Ways To Keep Your Home Cool in Hot Weather
3 Ways To Help Keep Your House Cool In Hot Weather
There's no denying that it's getting hotter, faster, as a reconstruction of Earth's temperature over the past 2,000 years recently published in Nature Geoscience revealed. We probably don't have to tell you that, with summer temperatures soaring across the country. This is the time of year just about all most of us can think about is how to keep cool, especially if you're living in a house without a/c, or you don't want to pay an exorbitant utility bill.
If you moved to the southern region of the U.S. from a more mild, northerly climate, perhaps after buying one of the El Paso houses for sale, it can take time to get used to the heat. But no matter where you live, you don't have to suffer - try taking advantage of these ways to keep your house cooler.
Cover Your Windows From Morning to Night
While you might lose a view, keeping your windows covered when the sun is out will make a big difference by preventing your home from becoming a greenhouse, especially the west- and south-facing windows. While it may sound obvious, when those rays come through, it heats the house up quickly. Use blinds or another type of window covering like blackout curtains, thermal curtains, or shades that can block light and heat from coming through. Reversible shades that are dark on one side and white on the other can be changed depending on the time of year. The white side will reflect the summer sun, while the other dark side will absorb it in the winter to keep your home warmer.
You might want to consider window films too, especially if you live in an area subject to long hot seasons. The mirror-like, silver films are generally more effective than more transparent, colored films.
While covering your windows may be a simple suggestion, it can keep your rooms as much as 15 degrees cooler.
Fans and Ice
One of the oldest tricks in the book is to fill a large bowl like a mixing bowl with ice and position it in front of a fan so that the air off blows off the ice, providing a fabulously cooling experience. The only downside is that the ice tends to melt quickly. To help make it last longer, there's another twist on this you can try: frozen water bottles. You can freeze the bottles and put them in front of your fan.
First, pour about three tablespoons of salt into each of the bottles, put the caps back on, and shake well. Adding any type of salt before freezing lowers the temperature of the water so that your ice will be even colder than frozen freshwater. After they're completely frozen, set the bottles in front of your fan and turn it on so that the air cools as it passes around the bottles. Be sure to spread them out so the bottles don't block the airstream. When the ice melts, you can freeze them and reuse them again.
Unplug Everything You Can, and Cook Outside
Reducing the use of everything that generates heat can make a big difference. Unplug all electronics and appliances when you aren't using them. Avoid using your stove, oven, or toaster oven as much as you can, and start grilling outside more often. That's what summers are for anyway, right?
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