Beat the Heat: How To Keep Your Home Cool During Summer

06/12/2018

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When it comes to summer, avoiding the heat can be quite the task to accomplish. Especially when you come inside to escape it, only for it to be waiting there for you at home. So if you’re like many people in Pacific Northwest who aren’t lucky enough to have their own AC unit, you’re probably looking for some ways to stay cool. Here are some tips that will help you beat the heat this summer:

  • Effective Shade: Aside from just buying an AC unit for yourself, maximizing the shade throughout your home is the best bet to keeping cool. This means lowering window shades during the day to effectively block the hot air, but this also means you can add some plant life outside windows as well that act as shades. A large umbrella positioned outside could also work as well.

  • Fans: Keeping your airflow consistent will require some strategic positioning of the fans you may have placed throughout your home. A house will overheat if hot air becomes trapped, so positioning your fans near windows where air flow can be fluid throughout the house and properly ventilated is critical. For your ceiling fan, make sure it’s spinning in the counterclockwise direction during the hot Summer months. This forces the air down instead of up, which will in turn make you feel cooler.

  • Dehumidify: For people living in more humid areas where there’s not much dry heat, consider running a dehumidifier. This will help remove excess moisture from the air, which will leave you feeling cooler even in super hot temperatures. These dehumidifiers are available at most bix box stores.

  • Cooking: The kitchen may be adding to your hotter room temperature as well. Cooking more outside on the grill or in a crock pot indoors is a great idea during the Summer when even the smallest use of the stove-top and oven inside will likely crank up the heat in your kitchen. But it’s just another good excuse to have more BBQ’s with your friends and family this Summer!