6 Quick Fixes to Keep Your House Cool

It certainly is nice to have long summer days, but it’s never nice to have an uncomfortably hot home. If you’re looking for some quick fixes to cool down the house, these tips are for you!

1. Blackout Curtains: Having windows certainly brightens up a room, but it also could make your room uncomfortably warm. So, it could make sense to block out that extra heat source in your home with some heavy-duty blackout curtains. When you’re not using a room, or away from the house for a bit, close the curtains to keep the temperature cooler while you’re out.

2. Close Room Doors: If you have air conditioning units attached to some windows, each one may be working to try to cool other parts of the house. By closing the room door, you are able to keep that cool air in a confined space. This is a great tactic to use at specific times, like sleeping at night.
3. Bucket of Ice Next to Fan: This may sound strange, but it works. If you don’t have enough air conditioning units in your home, this is an easy fix on a hot summer day. Simply prop up a bucket of ice titled slightly away from a fan. The air from the fan will bounce off the ice, creating colder air for you to relish in.
4. Ceiling Fan Counter-Clockwise Rotation: The direction of your ceiling fan makes a huge difference when it comes to heating and cooling your home. In the summer, be sure your ceiling fan is moving counter-clockwise. This will push the cool air down and give you that wind affect you want when trying to cool off.
5.Open Windows at Night: When it’s hot during the day, but cool at night, you could be taking advantage of that temperature change. If it’s safe to do so, leave your windows open to let in that cool summer night breeze.
6. Switch Out Incandescent Lights: Yes, even your light bulbs have an effect on the temperature of your home. Did you know that 90 percent of the energy used from these light bulbs is to generate heat? Yes, that’s real, and it’s making your house way too hot. It’s time to switch out those bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). Plus, it will save you a ton on your electrical bill!
Information provided by: FamilyHandyman.com
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