As summer officially begins, one thing is certain; the weather outside is about to turn frightful. No, we’re not talking about endless blizzards and frigid temperatures-those days are still thankfully far off! Instead, the weather will be frightful as the humidity and temperatures rise.
We don’t mean to sound like we have a “glass is half-empty” philosophy-there is plenty to enjoy about the summer season ahead! But there are ways to enjoy these upcoming warm months comfortably both indoors and outdoors. Let’s focus on indoor summer enjoyment for a moment. The immediate answer on how to remain comfortable in your home all summer long is to turn on your air conditioner. While that is, of course, an answer, there are other simple things you can be doing to keep your home cool and comfortable this season.
Here are a few of our favorite methods to stay cool this summer without the assistance of an air conditioner.
Shut Your Blinds
Want the interior of your home to be between 10-15 degrees cooler? Simply close your blinds from late morning to early evening. You’d be surprised at what a difference it makes.
Use the Ceiling Fans
Having your ceiling fan turn in a counter-clockwise direction (as opposed to a clockwise direction in the winter months) keeps cool air flowing in your home without incurring a major expense.
Unplug Electrical Items
When you aren’t using an electrical appliance, unplug it from the socket. This will prevent heat being produced from that item. Keep in mind that turning off an item that is not being used will still produce a surprising amount of heat.
Don’t misunderstand us-avoiding cooking doesn’t mean avoiding eating! Instead, eat items that don’t involve turning on your oven. Instead, use recipes that favor a microwave, an outdoor grill, and even a crock pot.
As wonderful as it is to spend the summer season soaking up the sun, that doesn’t mean that that sunshine can’t occasionally get uncomfortable. When the heat is too much, you can use these methods to stay cool and comfortable, so you can get the most out of your summer.