We wait all year for the long days and sunshine of summer, so when it comes, we want to enjoy it. Don’t spend time overheating in your apartment, try implementing these changes in order to keep your homes cool even on the hottest of days:
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to keep your apartment cool during the summer months is to keep the sun from heating up your rooms. Up to 30 per cent of unwanted heat comes from your windows, so making an effort to keep your blinds or curtains closed can block sunlight and naturally insulate the room, lowering indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.
Similar to keeping your blinds shut, closing off unused rooms will insluate rooms, preventing cool air from escaping during the hottest parts of the day. Make sure to take advantage of the cooler hours, keeping doors open during these times to let air flow naturally through your apartment.
One of the most common choices for cooling any space is a household fan. In addition to using fans in the most popular way, further reduce the temperature of your home by placing a mixing bowl filled with ice, frozen water bottles, or ice packs in front of your fan. The fan will whip the cold air off of the frozen items and create a low-budget air conditioner. Furthermore, adjust your ceiling fans seasonally to increase functionality. Set them to run counter-clockwise in the summer at a higher speed, the fan's airflow will create a wind-chill breeze effect.
Rotating your bedding with each season can keep a room looking up-to-date as well as weather appropriate. This means ensuring that the correct textiles are being used to either keep you insulated or let your bed breathe throughout the night. While flannel and fleece bedding is ideal for colder temperatures, natural fibres such as cotton and sateen let air circulate, preventing perspiration and keeping moisture from forming.
In order to prevent your space heating up, avoid using heat-generating appliances like your oven or stove. Another culprit of unnecessary heat is lighting throughout your home. Light bulbs are also an undetected culprit of unnecessary heat inside an apartment. 90 per cent of the energy emitted by incandescent light bulbs is heat. Switching to LED lights or turning them out altogether can help avoid this issue. Finally, the appliance that uses the second most energy in your home is an electric clothes dryer. Take advantage of longer, brighter days will help you cut down on energy costs and reduce the emission of heat within your home.
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