The summer heat and humidity can definitely make it just as uncomfortable as the winter's cold, but there are steps that you can take and tools that you can use to keep your home as comfortable as possible, no matter how hot it gets outside.
Continue reading for a few tips that will help you beat the heat and stay as cool as possible throughout the summer months.
Know When to Open the Windows
While it may be tempting to open up the windows and let some fresh air into your home, it really is best only to do so when you know that the air outside is cooler than the air inside your home. Opening the windows when it is hot out will actually only make your house feel hotter.
Remember, too, that hot air rises, so you can also make a natural draft in your home by simply opening up the windows on your lower floor, preferably on the shadier side of your home, as well as the windows upstairs that are on the hotter side of the property. Place a window-mounted fan in the windows upstairs as well.
Check Your House's Insulation
Just as insulation can keep you warm throughout the winter, the right insulation can also keep your home cooler in the summer. Put simply, if you have fewer areas where air can leak into your home from the outside, there will be less hot air that can penetrate and drive your temperature up.
If you locate air leaks, make sure to seal them off in order to save on energy bills. Add additional insulation wherever necessary as well in order to save even more money and remain even more comfortable.
Be Smart with Your Landscaping
In addition to taking steps inside your home, you can also take steps outside of it to keep every room in your house cool throughout the summer. For example, you should consider planting some shrubs and trees near the west-facing and east-facing windows of your property. These will provide shade from the harsh summer rays, thereby promoting a cooler temperature inside. But if you can't plant these trees or shrubs, you can instead set up blinds or curtains that can help perform the same duty from the inside of the house.
Plan Your Day Properly
Throughout the summer, you need to also plan your days intelligently in order to keep your home as cool as possible. For example, you may be able to open the windows during the early morning hours and late at night, but expect to close them and turn the air conditioner or fan on when the afternoon hits.
You should also save all of your stovetop and oven cooking, as well as your dishwashing, for early mornings or late evenings. To keep your house cool when you need to cook during the day, you can instead use the grill outside or the microwave.
Reflect Sunshine Off Your Roof
A lot of the heat in your home could be generated as a result of the sun's rays hitting your house's roof throughout the day. To prevent the temperature inside your home from rising, consider using reflective paint on your roof so that it can effectively reflect the sunlight back rather than absorbing it.
Have Air Conditioning Installed
If you don't currently have central air conditioning in your home, consider having it installed, as it really can save you more money than window air conditioning units. It's also a great way to keep your entire property at the same temperature, regardless of what room you're in. You can even invest in more eco-friendly solar air conditioning systems if you want to save even more money and do something good for the environment.
Make sure yuo get your central air conditioning unit regularly inspected to ensure it’s working properly, and hire experts whenever repairs need to be made. It’s also a good idea to have an air conditioner's filter checked at least monthly. Replace it whenever necessary in order to maintain the efficiency of the unit, save money and maintain the air quality throughout your home while improving air circulation.
Keeping a cool and comfortable home throughout the summer can be challenging at first, but once you know the steps that you need to take and the products that you should use to maintain the ideal temperature throughout your property, you'll find that you love the summer, inside and out.