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This summer is one of the hottest summers we have ever experienced, and the trend is to increase heat levels even further over the years. Therefore, keeping your home at the ideal temperature is paramount to a comfortable and enjoyable home.
Climate control doesn’t have to be the only weapon in your arsenal to keep your home cooler in the summer. From keeping your curtains closed to planting trees outside your home, we have some great tips to help you beat the summer heat.
Keep your curtains closed
Did you know that up to 30% of the heat from the outside enters your home through the windows? If you close the curtains in your home, you can save energy efficiency and lower the temperature by up to 20 degrees.
Close the rooms in your home that you don’t use often
Closing certain rooms in your home that aren’t of much use regularly can prevent cold air from entering them during the hottest part of the day. Remember to close the vents in these rooms – if you’re using your climate control unit to cool the house.
Make some long-term improvements
There are some tricks to cooling your home, and some things need improvement. Better, more energy-efficient windows and suitable rear doors can help control the internal temperature. If air is sneaking in through these areas, it may be tricky to increase the comfort in your home. If you can’t afford to replace windows and doors, using sealers around them can also help.
The same goes for the lighting in your home. Opting for more modern lighting for the bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and other rooms can reduce energy consumption and prevent heat production.
Benefits of light fabrics
Natural fabrics like cotton and linen, in neutral and light tones, are great options to maintain the feeling of a cooler environment. Remove fabrics such as velvet, carpet, leather and synthetic fabrics.
If you have a leather sofa, try covering it with linen, a silk cover or blanket. Carpets, rugs and even cushions accumulate dust. Removing them in summer is a way of keeping the air cleaner and fresher. In bed, opt for cotton or silk sheets.
Plants in and outside the home
If you have a garden, it can be an ally in controlling the temperature of your home. A tree in full bloom can block solar radiation from entering your home.
The same goes for indoor plants. In addition to filtering the air quality, they cool the environment. Find plants and trees that will flower quickly, and plant them in front of windows where the afternoon sun hits.
Avoid cooking indoors
It’s time to burn that grill to avoid overheating your home by cooking outdoors. If you think it’s already hot inside, don’t add to the discomfort by turning the oven on to 200 degrees. This will give you a great excuse to use the grill and garden furniture.