How to Cool Your Room During the Summer
Keeping your room cool and fresh during the summer is quite important if you want to enjoy yourself and feel comfortable. If your living room is too hot, you’ll feel annoyed and impatient. If your room is too humid, you’ll feel uncomfortable, etc. Since we’ll likely be spending a lot more time in our homes this summer, it is important to learn how to make it cool and comfortable for ourselves and our families. This article will give you a few inexpensive tips and tricks you can easily implement during the summer to help with the heat and the humidity.
#1 Block Off the Sun with Curtains and Blinds
The sun is the primary source of heat in the home, and if you really want to keep your home feeling cold and cosy, it is very obvious that you need to block it off! This means that you need to make sure you’re completely and reliably blocking the sun from view.
If you have semi-transparent blinds that don’t completely block off the sun in your living room, for example, that will allow most of the rays light and heat to move through the blind and start heating up your whole house. If you have transparent blinds in a few of your rooms, this might even raise the temperature of your whole house and make it unbearable. That’s why it is a great idea to have thick window blinds for your loft and living room to ensure the temperatures stay down.
#2 Install Fans
Installing fans is perhaps the cheapest option to cool down your home in the summer - if you’re living in a moderately hot area, installing fans is the best option:
- They have a moderate cooling effect that can make the room temperature go from feeling like 30 to feeling like 20-25, which makes staying in the room much more comfortable.
- Fans, unlike central heating and cooling, don’t need a lot of energy. You won’t see your electricity bills climb through the ceiling just because you decided to turn on the fans for a day.
- Fans are extremely portable and easy to install - you don’t need to make modifications to your home, you don’t need a specialist to help you install them, and you don’t need technical maintenance and support most of the time.
These are all compelling reasons that make the case for fan installations. Of course, if you live in an exceedingly hot area where fans alone can’t do the job, you need to use central cooling or other techniques, but for the majority of people reading this article, fans will be an adequate solution.
#3 Try to Turn Off or Dail Down Any Source of Heat
There are many heat-generating sources in our homes - from our home computers, to our TVs, to many appliances in our kitchen etc. Although these small heat sources, each on their own, might not produce enough heat to make a difference, together, they can affect your house temperature by a degree or two. This is especially true for something you might not even think about - lamps! Traditional lamps generate a lot of heat, and if you have more than a few in a room, you can expect the room temperature to be affected. These are a few potential solutions to this problem:
- Getting less heat-generating home appliances, lamps, and products: there are many ways to go about this. You can replace the traditional lamps with LED lights, which produce much less heat. You can also replace the air cooling system inside your computer with water cooling, which generates less heat, etc. How you approach this depends entirely on what kind of home items you regularly use and how impactful they are.
- Turning off appliances/lamps you don’t need: this doesn’t only let you keep your home’s temperature in check, but it is also good for the environment and reduces your electricity costs. You should always make sure that you turn off and shut down appliances, lamps, and household items you don’t need. It doesn’t cost anything, and it doesn’t take a lot of time. No reason not to do it!